5 outdoor adventures to try before summer
It’s heating up, so make the most of these outdoor adventures before it gets too hot…
This April, we’re kicking off our season bucket list with the ultimate guide of everything you need to do before summer strikes.
So if you want to head out for one final adventure al fresco, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are five must-try outdoor adventures in Dubai.
If your idea of roughing it is more English Patient than Bear Grylls, this could be the Dubai camping experience for you. Arabian Glamping has put together some of the city’s most stunning events and trips when it comes to going on a desert adventure. Packages can be tailored to your requirements, and can be an afternoon picnic or overnight experience. The organisers take care of all the food and drink, which can range from small bites to platters, and you bring an outdoor speaker so you can set your desert experience to a playlist. The group also organise yoga retreats, which allow you to find your zen in the depths of the dunes…
Arabian Glamping, from Dhs379. Tel: (058) 247 9550. More info on Facebook
It’s probably the most classic of Dubai’s desert experiences, but an early morning Camel Trek is one of Dubai’s classic experiences we’ll never tire of. With Arabian Adventures, you’ll be picked up and driven about an hour out of town to their private desert reserve. To get to the pick up point, expect to take a 4×4 ride, with a guided tour to help you spot the local wildlife and even see an Arabian Oryx. Then, it’s onto the camel ride. It’s either a single person or double trip, and it takes around 40 minutes to make the journey to the waterside breakfast spot, but there’s plenty of opportunities to snap selfies on your way. At breakfast, it’s a continental spread that includes pastries, croissants, fresh fruit and juices. A glass of bubbly gives it the ‘Dubai’ touch, and it’s a leisurely break before you make your way back to the 4×4, which will then return you to your destination. Whether you’ve been in Dubai forever, you’re just visiting, or you’re looking to show visitors a great time, this is one trip you must add to your pre-summer bucket list.
Arabian Adventures, Dubai Desert, half day approx. 8am to 12pm, daily until April 30, from Dhs315. arabian-adventures.com
Love a zipline? Fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur Tarzan? You’ll want to try this. Aventura Nature Adventure Park in Mushriff park involves everything from zip lining, to horizontal and vertical rope climbing walls, rope course challenges and more. Located among a 35,000 square metre Ghaf tree forest in Mushrif Park, Mirdif, residents and tourists of all ages will be able to monkey around the canopy while strapped into safety lines. From a junior ‘Rangers’ course of 19 obstacles to the most ‘Xtreme’ course which comes with a height-defying 25 metre Tarzan jump, there’s something for all budding adventurers.
Aventura, Mushrif Park, Mirdif, Dubai. Sun to Wed, 10am to 7.30pm, Thur to Sat 9am to 9pm, Dhs150 adults, Dhs125 kids. Tel: (056) 887 1687. aventuraparks.com
Hot air balloon rides
Back to the desert, but here’s a totally new way to see it – from a basket some 4,000 feet high no less. You will also get to enjoy the company of two falcons, who travel up with you and their handlers before they are let loose to circle your balloon. This adventure is a collaboration between tour company Platinum Heritage, hot air ballooning experts Balloon Adventures and falconry team Royal Shaheen. After you land, you’ll ride in a 1950s Land Rover across the dunes to a Bedouin camp. It’s one of the longer desert experiences, and allows you to experience the stunning Dubai desert from both the sky and from land. Prices start at Dhs1,195 and Dhs1,045 for children.
Balloon Adventures Dubai, various timings, from Dhs1195 adults, Dhs1045 children. Tel: (04) 440 9827. ballooning.ae
Mountain biking through Hatta
The Hatta Mountain Bike Centre comprises of more than 50km of trails and is constantly growing. The trails are divided into different grades of routes to accommodate every level and experience of a rider: green for beginners, blue for intermediate, red for experienced and finally black for very skilled & experienced riders. But it’s not just for mountain bikers, there’s plenty of hiking trails to take advantage of too – just make sure to stay hydrated
Hatta Mountain Bike Centre, near Hatta Dam. Tel: (04) 852 1002. hattamtb.ae