The United Arab Emirates is renowned for luxury high-rises and high-end shopping malls, few think avid lovers of outdoor adventures would ever consider this environment an ideal destination.
Typically, the Emirates caters to individuals that want to experience the country but prefer to stay indoors away from the overwhelming heat. Now, UAE has become an attracted stopping point for outdoor travellers who are looking for a memorable experience, and every Emirate in the U.A.E has an adventure on offer.
The weather between October through April cools off, which makes this location ideal for an outdoor adventure.
Listed below are 10 adventures in the UAE you didn’t know about.
The UAE is home to the world’s tallest skyscrapers, and avid skydivers love to experience these massive structures up-close and personal. Often, these thrill-seekers jump off the veranda of the buildings and plummet toward the ground at an incredible rate of speed. First-time jumpers can enjoy the same adrenaline rush by taking off near the marina strapped to the back of an instructor.
Are you a Scuba Diving fan? Then UAE bordered on the west by the Persian Gulf and to the east by the Indian Ocean is your ideal location.
You can head over to the Sandy Beach Diving Centre in Fujairah, which is a certified PADI training facility. The centre offers scuba diving courses that range from entry level to advanced level.
The waters of the Indian Ocean along the coastline of Fujairah provide an ideal environment for scuba diving, as the coral and anemone gardens are very accessible.
Hit the Race Track
Have you ever felt the urge to get into the cockpit of a Formula One car and take your chances going around the course? Well, your dreams have come true, as the Yas Marina Circuit Race Track offer guests this very opportunity.
Speed fanatics can experience the same thrills from auto racing like their favourite drivers and fun begins when they enter the driver’s seat.
If you do not feel comfortable driving solo, then become a co-pilot with a professionally-trained driver inside an Aston Martin vehicle and experience a few laps around the track.
Slowly, rock climbing has become a pastime in the UAE, as the city of Dubai is a short drive from the desert. Often, groups of rock climbers venture out to the ridges of the Hajar Mountains, which rises over 3.000-meters to its zenith.
Newer routes are being discovered daily by dedicated climbers, who are trying to inspire novices to the sport with shorter, less steep hills. The rock formation is beautiful, as most of the Hajar Mountain range is made up of mostly limestone.
Kayak the Mangroves
You can head out to the Eastern Mangroves Lagoon National Park in Abu Dhabi for an incredible kayak excursion along the waterways that stretch out approximately 5-miles long.
Kayakers can spend the day gliding through calm straits trying to spot turtles, flamingoes and rare birds habitation along the shoreline.
Local Guides are on hand to provide relevant information about the park itself and the animals that live within its confines.
Dedicated mountain bikers need to possess the skills of flexibility, a good strength and excellent coordination to survive a thrilling day of battling the earth’s terrain.
Quickly, mountain biking has become one of the UAE’s most popular outdoor sports that provide the quintessential desert experience. There is a 70-kilometer track along the Hajar Mountains discovered and maintained a group of local mountain bikers in Dubai.
Dare the Dunes
The majority of the UAE’s terrain is made up of sand dunes and Wadi waterbeds, which is ideal for off-road racing.
If you are looking for a stomach-dropping, heart-stopping experience, then get behind the steering wheel of an all-terrain vehicle. The most popular track location is Rub al Khali (The Empty Quarter), acknowledged as the second largest sand desert in the world with the biggest sand dunes.
For learners, experienced all-terrain vehicle drivers are available to provide a thrill riding adventure by going up and over the seemingly never-ending amount of open sand dunes.
Cycling in the City
City dwellers love cycling near the shoreline to relieve the daily pressures from a busy schedule. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi offers an ideal 10-mile course near the coast that has been designated solely as a bike path.
This course can quickly turn into an exquisite sightseeing tour of the UAE’s top tourist attractions.
Are you wondering what mountain could accumulate enough snow in a climate where the daily outdoor temperature often exceeds 100 degrees? Well, no worries, as visiting ski lovers can head over to Ski Dubai, the UAE’s first indoor ski resort.
Guests have their choice of skiing or snowboarding down five different slopes, designated for an individual skill level.
Packing your ski equipment or winter clothing is not necessary, as the resort offers them for rent.
If you wish to take a midnight horseback ride under an Arabian moonlit sky, the Mushrif Equestrian and Polo Club can make this dream a reality.
Perhaps, late night fun is not for you, then schedule a sunrise horseback ride, as you might come across a herd of camels roaming through the dunes on their way to a desert oasis.
Thanks for reading, I hope you find my list of outdoor adventures spots in the UAE helpful. What other outdoor adventures in the UAE would you add to this list?
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