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Best Adventure Activities in Dubai

Dubai might be most applauded for its steely skyscrapers and other exciting tourist attractions. But, did you know that this Arabian emirate is a vast playground for fun and thrill-seekers? Whether you are an indoor or outdoor enthusiast, Dubai has the most fantastic and even record-breaking options in every category to fuel your adventure side. So, if you are looking for an action-enriched holiday, Dubai will never disappoint you, and the following compilation of adventure activities in Dubai is a testament to this.

Sky Diving

Let’s start with the most daring activity on this list! Yes, this is the ultimate experience where you will soar to the skies and then jump out of the aircraft (precisely from a height of over 12,000 feet). First-timers can opt for a tandem package (accompanied by an expert), while veterans can choose to do it solo. As for the drop zones, there is one at the Desert Campus and another at the Palm which lets you admire the exquisite man-made island of Palm in its true grandeur. Whichever location you zero in on, you can be assured of the most stunning and unparalleled views of the region’s scenic surroundings.

Skydiving in Dubai
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Indoor Sky Diving at iFly Dubai

Not brave enough to leap off from an extraordinary height? There is a safe alternative for sky diving. Simply find your way to iFly Dubai where you can enjoy sky diving indoors in an absolutely safe environment. Let your kids also join; it is even suitable for your younger ones above three years. With its advanced, a first of its kind dual vertical wind technology, it gives you the chance to feel the real exhilaration of flying, freefall, and floating in the air without ever jumping out of an aircraft. You will find it inside Mirdiff City Centre.

XLine Dubai

It is known to all that the UAE is home to the world’s longest zipline, Jais Flight, at Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais. Now if you don’t want to take this hectic drive up to the mountain, there is XLine Dubai. It may not be as long as Jais Flight, but XLine is striking in its own right, being the world’s longest, fastest and steepest urban zipline. Set above the uber majestic cityscape of Dubai Marina, it allows you to fly like a superhero in a belly-down, head-first position and that too at an astounding speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

XLine in Dubai

XDubai Slingshot

This is another superlative adventure activity that you shouldn’t miss in Dubai. XDubai Slingshot is the Arabian Peninsula’s fastest human slingshot. It is more or less like bungee jumping but in a reverse way; before the real experience, you will be pulled back about 40 meters and then shot forward (about 4 meters into the air.) Feel the ultimate rush as you experience the 4G force with its speed going up to 100 kilometers per hour. It is set completely outdoors and further noteworthy for its location along the magnificent Kite Beach. Anyone from 16 to 65 years can try this activity; just make sure that you are healthy and meet all height and weight criteria.

Desert Safari

A smooth drive of less than an hour will lead you to Dubai’s pristine desert, where you will feel like you are a million miles away. There is no better way to take in this otherworldly landscape than on a guided desert safari inclusive of the most electrifying dune bash ever, a cool camel ride, and the amazing dune buggy ride. Take your pick from the morning, evening, or overnight desert safari. Morning desert safari is most ideal for those with limited time in Dubai, while evening desert safari is full of exciting experiences that range from adventure and amusement to culture, cuisines, and traditions. When it comes to overnight desert safari, it is a combo of morning and evening desert safaris, along with a chance to camp under the stars.

Dubai Desert Safari

Hot Air Balloon Ride

An immaculate fusion of thrill, tranquility, and terrific views, a hot air balloon ride in Dubai is unmissable for anyone who wants to see the untouched Arabian dunes from a compelling perspective. You will rise to a height of over 1200 meters during the experience and this allows you to see the desert flora and fauna as well as the seas of golden sands like never before. And what makes it extra special is its location at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), which is declared as a protected area.

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Dubai

Dive with Sharks

Yes, this is possible during your Dubai trip! Simply head out to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo inside Dubai Mall, one of the world’s biggest malls. With over 33,000 marine creatures in its colossal 10-million liter tank, a world of distinct marine adventures awaits you here. This is not just limited to diving with sharks; you can try activities such as shark encounter, cage snorkeling, shark walker, and even a glass-bottom boat ride. If these aren’t enough, there is Penguin Cove at Dubai Aquarium, where you can catch with friendly penguins in a setting that takes after their natural Antarctic habitat.

Dubai Aquarium
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Flyboarding

Dubai’s waters are a real paradise for some authentic water sports. And if you wish to have an epic or extreme water fun, you can’t go wrong with an adrenaline-charged session of flyboarding. After all, it is an intensive activity wherein you will strap on to a board that is connected to a jet ski or a watercraft via a long hose. With this watercraft being maneuvered by an experienced operator, it is possible to control the throttle as you dive, fly and break the surface of the water during the ride.

Parasailing

Looking to fly over Dubai’s water? This activity will perfectly fit the bill. It offers the unique chance to soar above the glistening waters and mesmeric coastline along the Arabian Gulf. The real experience kicks off when you’re taken out into the sea on a speedboat ride. You will be then attached to a parasail wing, akin to a parachute, which causes you to fly, as it is towed behind a watercraft. The best thing is that you can enjoy this activity with your spouse or friends on a tandem or triple parasail experience.

Deep Dive Dubai

This brand-new Dubai attraction is one of the ultimate destinations for swimmers and diving enthusiasts alike. Built at an astonishing depth of 60 meters, it is the world’s deepest pool with over 14 million liters of fresh water. Its overall whopping size equates to over six Olympic size swimming pools. Modeled to resemble a sunken underwater city, this attraction is set fully indoors and boosted by the most advanced sound and lighting techniques. Add to this state-of-the-art water filtering and purifying system plus an exceptional hyperbaric chamber staffed by the experts.

Wrapping up

Feeling brave? Don’t let this spirit be dampened down. Sign up for one or more of these Dubai adventure activities and get ready to have the amusement and exhilaration of a lifetime. That’s not all; they, on the whole, will make your holiday super active, energetic, and refreshing with lots of treasured moments to take home.

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Neha Singh
Neha Singh
Neha loves traveling, seeing different places, and learning about their history. She also likes adventure sports like skydiving, bungee jumping, and zip-lining. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, sketching, and chilling with her pet dog.
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