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Where to go horse riding in Dubai

Tue, August 31, 2021

Saddle up and discover thrilling horseback activities in Dubai, from an action-packed game of polo to horse riding in the desert.

Saddle up and discover thrilling horseback activities in Dubai, from an action-packed game of polo to horse riding in the desert.

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Discover the dunes at Al Jiyad Stables

From quad biking to dune driving, there are plenty of activities to get up to in Dubai’s desert. One of the most memorable, though, is horse riding. Head to Al Jiyad Stables on Al Qudra Road, which has more than 120 Arabian in its stables, available to ride. On your noble steed, you'll get the chance to explore Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve – the largest of its kind in the country – and get a closer look at the wildlife that call it home. 
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Ride from sand to sea at JA The Resort

At the Equestrian Centre at JA The Resort in Jebel Ali, beginners and experienced riders alike can saddle up for horse riding classes or gallop straight in with a ride. It’s just a short distance from the resort’s main entrance, so you can trot around the centre’s spacious riding arena before heading to the resort’s 800m private beach, where guests can go for a swim in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf alongside their horse.
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Try the sport of kings at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club

Learn how to play the game loved by royalty, right here in Dubai. At Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, which also hosts international tournaments and prestigious matches, visitors can sign up for polo lessons. Whether you’re an aspiring sportsperson who’s never played the sport before, or you’re looking for a quick refresher course, you’ll be able to take to the fields for a hands-on class and hit the ball around. Ask your friends to join in the fun too – it will be a day to remember.
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Explore the famed stables of Meydan

Go behind the scenes and discover what it takes to make a thoroughbred racing star. At Meydan Racecourse, equine enthusiasts can take a guided tour of the stables and learn how horses are groomed, trained and prepared for the many races that take place here, including the prestigious horse race, the Dubai World Cup. The experience also includes breakfast at Farriers Restaurant, and a chance to meet both the horses and their trainers.
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Go show jumping at Emirates Equestrian Centre

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Elegant events like dressage or show jumping might be something you usually only ever see in the Olympic Games, but it’s possible to master the skills right here in Dubai, at the Emirates Equestrian Centre. The venue regularly hosts tournaments and, as the region’s only fully-approved British Horse Society Centre, you can be sure of the highest training standards. You can even book a free assessment before you sign up for any lessons.
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Book a family fun ride at Bab Al Shams

This luxury resort in the middle of the desert offers plenty of equine activities for both guests and visitors. The stables at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa are full of horses suitable for riders of all abilities, as well as ponies for the younger equestrians out there. There are daily hour-long desert rides, from 6am to 6pm, so you can canter out into the dunes as a family and make the most of the scenery. You'll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.
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Pony rides for little ones at Al Ahli

One of the city's most renowned equestrian clubs, Al Ahli Horse Riding Club is in the heart of Dubai. It offers lessons in all kinds of equine activities, from show jumping to horse riding. The experienced staff can teach prospective riders of all ages and abilities, and even the littlest ones are encouraged to saddle up. Kids as young as three can take a 15 minute ride on a pony, while four to six year olds can learn all about horsemanship at the pony club.

Moonlit forest rides in Mushrif Park

Try something different on your next holiday by going horse riding under the full moon. Organised by Winners Equestrian Club, one of the oldest horse clubs in the city, the unforgettable night ride will take you through Mushrif Park’s natural ghaf tree forest – you may even catch a glimpse of nocturnal animals that call this stunning park home. It's quickly become one of the most romantic experiences to try while in the city, so book ahead.

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