8 outdoor adventures and activities to try before summer
It’s heating up, so make the most of these outdoor adventures before it gets too hot…
We’re now a considerable way into May which means, like it or not, Dubai summer is well on its way with those temperatures set to skyrocket. So, in that case, we’ve put together a bucket list with the ultimate guide of outdoor adventures and activities you need to do before summer strikes.
Here are our pick of 8 of the best…
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, open 5pm to 12am daily, Dhs185 adults, Dhs149kids. Tel: (0)52 178 7616. aventuraparks.com
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, summer timings 4pm to 8pm, from Dhs380. arabian-adventures.com
If you’re one of those people who find it hard to sit still, why not book a day in the desert? Not just any old day in the desert, satisfy your need for speed with an adrenaline-filled adventure on dune buggies. Created by the team at Explorer Tours, the feisty motor is so much more than a dune buggy, with a two litre engine and 160 horsepower – this buggy means business. See what What’s On thought of the experience here.
Explorer Tours, Fossil Rock, Sharjah, from Dhs1500. Tel: (04) 564 9959. explorertours.ae
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This is in Hatta but if you fancy the drive it’s well worth it. Dubai Holding has just announced the launch of Hatta Dome Park – an exciting new glamping experience situated next to Hatta Wadi Hub, one of the UAE’s most popular eco-friendly adventure destinations. The glamping experience entails 15 dome-shaped, permanent luxury tents designed with panoramic windows offering majestic views of the Hatta mountain range and is a great spot for both families and friends alike.
For more information, head to visithatta.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 Dhs1,250 adults, Dhs1,100 children. Tel: (04) 440 9827. ballooning.ae
Mountain biking through Hatta
Keen cyclists should definitely add mountain biking at Hatta Wadi Hub to their UAE bucket list. You’ll find multiple cross-country cycle routes at the site which 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.
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Always wanted to tick a skydive off your bucket list? There are few places cooler to do it than Dubai, where you’ll take in birds’ eye views of the city’s landscape, including the iconic Palm Jumeirah island. The Palm Drop Zone tandem skydive experience is priced at Dhs1899, or it’s Dhs2199 for a tandem skydive with videos and photos.
Skydive Dubai, Al Seyahi St, Dubai Marina, Dubai, open 12pm to 5pm Thursdays and Sundays, open 10am to 5pm Fridays and Saturdays. skydivedubai.ae
Ras al Khaimah is home to the world’s longest zipline. Measuring 2.83 kilometers long (that’s the equivalent of more than 28 football pitches), the record-breaking zipline runs through the mountains of Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah at a hair-raising 1,680 metres above sea level. All your superman dreams are about to come true. Now where’s that cape?
Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline, Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, from Dhs300. Tel: (07) 204 6250. More info on website