Are you an UAE native looking for some fun and exciting activities for yourself and your family or friends, or are you here on holiday and want to add some thrill to your vacation? The UAE is an exciting country packed with plenty of potential when it comes to adventure, so check out this list of 12 adventurous things to do in UAE to find your next activity.
Did you know that the UAE is home to the world’s longest zipline? It’s right here in the desert of Ras al Khaimah, and it should definitely be on your list of things to do. The zipline is over 2.8 kilometres long and you’ll reach speeds of 140-160kph as you take in the beautiful view of the desert and the mountains of Jebel Jais. It’s probably the most unique adventures activity done in the UAE.
Going on a Desert Safari
Desert safaris are a must-do for anyone visiting the UAE. You’ll fly across the sandy dunes at various speeds, like a sandy roller coaster ride. A lot of desert safaris last for hours and with some camel riding and a nice barbeque and belly dancing show. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the desert and take in some staples of UAE culture, loved by locals and tourists alike.
Going on an Actual Safari
If you think a safari should involve actual animals, then you can do that too. Pop down to the Sir Bani Yas Island in the Arabian Gulf to take in UAE wildlife. This is a protected wildlife reserve where over 16,000 animals live, including gazelles, giraffes, gazelles, Arabian oryxes, cheetahs and more. A typical trip to Sir Bani Yas includes a safari in an open-top Land Cruiser and an overnight stay in one of the luxury lodges on the island.
You can go kayaking in pretty much any country, but it’s always going to be a different experience. The UAE is perfect for a good kayak trip. We recommend checking out the Mangrove National Park in Abu Dhabi to experience some wildlife, including flamingos, dolphins and sea cows, or the mangroves in Umm Al Quwain if that’s closer to where you’re located.
While we’re on the topic of water activities and wildlife, why not also go scuba diving in the coral reefs of UAE? The clear and comfortably warm water is home to large amounts of marine life and to beautiful coral reefs, and there are Dubai scuba diving clubs and classes appropriate to any skill level and amount of experience. No matter where you are in the country, there’s bound to be a beach nearby where you can try out some scuba diving.
Water sports are really big in the UAE, and parasailing is another thing we recommend. Parasailing can be really relaxing and calming for a lot of people, removing the stress of travel while also giving you a beautiful view of the waters below you. Choose to climb at a steady and gradual pace or ask to be dipped in the water a couple of times for good measure, parasailing can be exactly the experience you want it to be.
If you’ve got a bit tired of the oppressive UAE heat by now, don’t worry. Why not go skiing? That might not be the activity you most associate with a country like the UAE, but Ski Dubai, a gigantic ski dome in the desert, is the perfect place to hit the slopes if you want a ski experience that’s a bit different. You can also go in a zorb, try bobsledding or tobogganing or just play with real snow in the middle of the desert just to say you’ve done it.
Are you looking for a real adrenaline rush and feel like everything we’ve mentioned so far is too tame? Then take to the skies and go sky diving. Skydive over the desert or the Palm Jumeirah, and get a license to go solo or choose to jump tandem with an instructor. It’s the experience of a lifetime, and Dubai is one of the most iconic places in the world to go skydiving. If you’ve never done it before, now is the time to give it a go.
If you want something a little more affordable and a little less intense, a good hike is an excellent way to experience the nature of the UAE. Hike the Jebel Jais, the tallest mountains in the country, and choose a trail that suits your experience level and the amount of time you want to spend out there. You can also get a guided tour for a more structured hike.
Taking a Trip in a Hot Air Balloon
And just when you thought the UAE definitely can’t have absolutely everything on your bucket list, we’re here to tell you that you can, in fact, also go on a trip in a hot air balloon while you’re here. See the country from above and end your little adventure with a breakfast at a Bedouin camp and a camel ride, by taking a hot air balloon trip in Dubai. It’s not the cheapest item on the list, but those who’ve tried it will say that it was worth it.
If you liked the sound of the desert safari in a car, you’ll like the idea of horseback riding in the desert even more. Jump on the saddle in Rub’ al Khali, the Empty Quarter, and explore the dunes on horseback with a guide. Gallop across the sand and feel the wind in your hair while you learn all about the Empty Quarter.
Riding a Seaplane
Riding an airplane is old news, but one that takes off from the water? That’s worth trying at least once. Seaplanes take off all across the country, in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Jebel Ali, and give you an unprecedented view of the country and the experience of a lifetime.
With so many options to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your adventure-filled vacation. Contact us at Freestyle Divers for further information regarding diving.