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20 Thrilling Extreme Sports in Dubai

 
  • Being the ideal location to channel your inner daredevil, with it’s towering skyscrapers, warm seas and endless deserts, there is a long list of extreme sports in Dubai, which has all the elements for a power packed holiday.

    Dubai’s skyline is breathtaking encouraging people to dive out of planes, scale tall buildings or float away on a hot air balloon. 

    Dubai’s iconic deserts provide a playground of sorts for exciting sand boarding and dune bashing. An indoor ski slope offers you a chance to try out some amazing snowboarding or skiing.


    Here is a list of thrilling extreme sports in Dubai:

  • 01Get on a Jet Ski and Ride at the Speed of Light

    Image Credit : Guilhem Vellut

    Hurtling in the waters of Dubai at 70kmph on a scooter can be an adrenaline rush for anyone. Though the jet skiing is a restricted sport in Dubai, there are still plenty of beaches where jet skiers are permitted. Some of the places include Dubai Marina, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2, and Jumeirah 2 and 3 beaches. There is always a minimum 300-meter distance between the skiers and swimmers.

    Image Credits : Guillaume P. Boppe


    Location: Some of the beaches in Dubai, where you can enjoy the jet skiing include Al Mamzar Beach Park, Ghantout, etc. 

    Price: The cost of renting a jet ski may vary from outlet to outlet. The average cost will be around 300 AED for approximately 30 minutes. 

    Difficulty Level: Easy to ride after a briefing by the expert. 

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  • 02Ride a Quad Bike Like You Stole it

    Image Credit :  Naeem Ebrahimjee

    If riding the waves is not your cup of tea, here is another enthralling adventurous activity to pump the adrenaline in you, the Quad Biking. Drift on the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert in Dubai with a quad bike.

     


    Location: The best place in Dubai to head for quad biking includes the most famous sand dunes called the Big Red, which is a just half hour drive from Dubai. 

    Price: It varies from operator to operator but on an average it will cost around 360 AED to 450 AED per person, depending on the package. 

    Difficulty Level: In the beginning, it can be a bit difficult to drive on the dunes. But after a little practice, it gets easier. 

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  • 03Snorkel in the Blue Waters

    Image Credit : Galen Piehl - Flickr

    With the Persian Gulf staging the shores of Dubai, snorkeling is one of the best water sports to experience the elegant marine life and corals underwater. While Dubai’s shoreline offers plenty of scope for spotting colourful fish and spiky sea trenches, the chance of spotting the marine life is very high. Some of the major locations of snorkeling in Dubai are the Musandam Peninsula, which is near the entrance of Persian Gulf, Dibba rock, Snoopy rock, etc.

    Image Credits : jdegenhardt - Flickr

    Price: Snorkeling in Dubai may cost around 113 AED. However, if you are staying in a five-star resort, then the charges may vary or it could even be included in your package.

    Difficulty Level: Snorkeling is fairly easy to do. With proper instructions through a guide, you can comfortably snorkel and enjoy the coral and marine life. 

  • 04Ride a Mountain Bike

    Well, Dubai is not exactly a place for Mountain biking because of fewer hills in the city. But if you really want to indulge in the activity, there are various mountain biking enthusiasts who have created the groups among themselves. 

    Locations: There are various superb tracks for mountain biking in the mountain region of Fujairah, which is about 1 to 1.5 hours drive from the center of Dubai. 

    Price: These organizers are enthusiasts who arrange mountain biking free of cost. 

    Difficulty Level: It can be difficult for beginners. You must be in good health to indulge in this mountain biking.  

  • 05Like Walking on Water but Only Better on a Paddle Board

    Image Credit : Nathan Rupert - Flickr

    Paddleboarding is one of the most favorite hobbies of people of UAE. It is a gentle water sport, which is also good for your health. Generally, paddle boarding is considered as “An introduction to board sports.” Stand up paddling is the fastest growing water sport in the world and is a relaxing recreational activity for the whole family, as well as a superior core workout.There is the competitive side of the sport for the more serious SUP lovers, which takes place in the form of an ocean.

    Locations: To try this water sport in Dubai, you can head to the Sunset Beach spot, where not only you can go for paddle boarding, but also can catch a cup of coffee or shop in the nearby market. 

    Price: The cost to paddle board in Dubai may vary from operator to operator. It could approximately range between 85 AED for one hour to 200 AED for a whole day. 

    Difficulty Level: An easy water sport and can be done with no or less prior experience. 

  • 06Ziplining

    Adding to Dubai’s various world records is this longest zip lining activity. It is 1800 feet above the Dubai fountains, which take 40 seconds to complete zip line, at a speed of 60-70kmph. To indulge in the zip lining activity, you need to register on the official website of the creators, XDubai, or on their official Facebook page. Every week they choose 30 lucky winners who get the chance to zip-line. You must be at least 10 years of age and 130cm tall if you want to take part in it. 

    Locations: It starts from Emaar Boulevard, a 90-metre long residential building and ends on the top of the Dubai Mall. While ziplining you fly past various iconic structures and breathtaking views of the city. 

    Difficulty Level: Moderately easy to perform after briefing given by the instructor. 

  • 07Exhilarating Skydive

    Dubai is everyone’s number one destination for an amazing time, what better way to enjoy your Dubai getaway other than taking a giant leap through the sky. Skydiving in Dubai is famous as it covers the beautiful Dubai skyline as you dive through the sky. It’s the ultimate adrenaline rush. This activity can be done all year round. Feel the thrill of the wind speeding through your entire body. With all the necessary training and safety instructions given by a qualified and professional instructor before you take your flight, and with all the equipment provided this experience leaves you breathless but smiling from ear to ear. 

    Location: Skydive Dubai, the world’s premier skydiving location, neighboring the luxurious man-made island, The Palm Jumeirah, and the Dubai Marina. With these beautiful and breathtaking views.

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 199 AED to 120 AED depending on package availed

    Difficulty Level: Skydiving can prove to be challenging for beginners but professional guides will help you at every step of the way

  • 08Adrenaline fueled Dune Bashing

    Image Credit : Land Rover MENA - Flickr
    Dune Bashing is one of the best things and iconic activities in Dubai that one can engage oneself in all year round. The deserts of Dubai are it’s most prized destinations and include a wide array of adrenaline pumping activities, Dune Bashing being the main one. Experience the deserts of Dubai in a 4x4 vehicle that is more than up to the duty. On this thrilling ride, there are plenty stops for photos so that you can capture memories to take home with you. The climax of your photo opportunities comes at sunset when the desert changes from day into night in with a stunning show of warm orange and red hues. 

    Image Credits : Land Rover MENA - Flickr


    Price: The prices for Dune Bashing can fluctuate from 150 - 300 AED depending on the type of package you avail, various companies offer exciting packages including camel rides, lavish dinners and much more. 

    Timings:
    Operates daily between 9 AM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 12 midnight.
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  • 09Scuba Diving

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    Scuba diving in Dubai gives you the opportunity to explore the underwater life in the Arabian Gulf. Rich in bio-diversity, it is home to several species of fishes and is a paradise for underwater photographers. Several hotels, as well as tour agencies, have scuba diving packages for scuba diving novices and professionals too. You can indulge in beach scuba diving and shore-based scuba diving in Dubai. Explore the lagoon's stunning underwater world, home to 65,000 marine habitats. See rays, sharks, and shoals of exotic fish as you drift around the phony ruins.

    Image Credits : bhinddalenes - Flickr


    Location: As Dubai has no natural diving location, the Gulf is the only diving location used by many companies and schools. 

    Price: Approximate price range from 150 AED to 200 AED depending on the level applied for from advanced to beginners. 

    Difficulty Level: The difficulty level for scuba diving is moderate and depends on the course availed. The scuba guides are plenty informed and helpful.

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  • 10Up in the Air in a Hot Air Balloon

    Soar over the spectacular Dubai desert away from all the glamor and glitz of the city and take a peaceful and relaxing ride in a hot air balloon while you can marvel various attractions of the Dubai deserts. Gaze in awe at some spectacular desert vistas while enjoying an hour in the air, and then return to the ground to celebrate the flight. 

    Each basket holds a maximum of 24 people and there’s plenty of room for you to sight-see comfortably as you soar up and away. There are various companies that offer hot air balloon tours and this activity can be availed all year round.


    Location: Most of these amazing hot air balloon tours take off from Al Ain Road of the area of the Dubai Desert Conservative Reserve. 

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1000 AED.

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  • 11Swallow the Bait while Deep Sea Fishing

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    Dubai is entirely a coast line city and fishing has been a major part of the heritage of the country. Considered to be one of the biggest sailfish destinations of the world, Dubai has played host to numerous renowned mariners and sea fishing enthusiasts in the Middle East. This trip guarantees fishing and use special fishing techniques and equipment’s that can assist you in finding the biggest catch and give you the best results. 

    Fishing is a perfect mix of a meditative state interjected with flashes of adrenalin dumps that makes it a perfect way to relax from the busy lives that most of us lead. This enables you to lure different species of fishes such as Barracuda King Fish, Trevally, Cobia, Blue Fin Tuna, Sherri, Sultan Ibrahim and much more.

    Image Credits : Ben+Sam - Flickr


    Location: Deep sea fishing usually takes place in Dubai Harbour

    Price: Approximate price starts from 119 AED

     

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  • 12Adventure in a Hummer

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    No trip to Dubai is complete without a Desert Safari and what better way to tour the beautiful deserts other than in a monstrous hummer. Get a whiff of the ultimate adventure while you maneuver through the exciting and panoramic deserts of Dubai. There are a favorite few who offer amazing hummer desert safari’s in Dubai. Board an H2 Hummer off-roader with an expert driver, and take an exciting drive across the sands, tackling rugged terrain and rolling dunes. Stop to snap photos of a glowing desert sunset, and then return to camp for a scrumptious barbecue dinner of Arabic dishes as you’re entertained by spinning ‘tanoura’ dancers and a sparkling belly dancing show.

    Image Credits : Suny Schmidt - Flickr

    Timings: This is an activity that can be availed all year around and can be done both in the night and day. 

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 350 to 500 AED

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  • 13Take a spin on a Dune Buggy

    Ride over the majestic dunes of Dubai in possibly the most inventive ways to off-road in the desert! The powerful Dune Buggy is a customized vehicle to tread the desert, and is compulsory on the trip to Dubai and to add to the exciting mix. The activity is up for grabs throughout the year, and can vary according to persisting weather conditions. Backed with safety convoys, off-roading here is an uninterrupted experience. All Dune Buggies include roll cages, seat belts, bucket seats, night lights, fire extinguisher, and constant mechanical support during the drive.


    Price: Dune Buggies can be availed from 545 AED onwards, with both single-seater and twin-seater vehicles offered to suit all preferences.

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  • 14Fly over the skyscrapers in a Seaplane

    Experience spectacular views of Dubai’s skyscrapers, beaches and architectural wonders on a 40-minute seaplane flight. Step aboard a state-of-the-art Cessna seaplane and thrill as you swoop around top Dubai attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab and palm-shaped island archipelago of the Palm Jumeirah. The flight takes you over the World Island to witness how its islands mark out countries and continents from above and fly over Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina, and other famous landmarks.


    Location: Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali or Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club; option selected at booking. 

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1700 AED

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  • 15Slide with the Sand Board

    It is a commonly-held belief that sand-boarding is relatively easier than snowboarding.To experience the majesty of the dunes first-hand, sand-boarding is an activity tailored for that very purpose. Steer through sand, and learn to control the board before trying out new ways to glide effortlessly. Once you master sand-boarding, a race with fellow sand-boarders might be on the cards. Hop into a Hummer and drive through the sandy acres before unleashing an adrenaline blitz! Generally held on all days of the year, unless the weather decides to play a spoilsport.

    Price: This scintillating experience can be availed from 275 AED onwards, while rates vary for children.

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  • 164x4 Desert Safari

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    Off-road through the magical desert in a 4x4 vehicle, and delve into an adventure that is unheard of in most places on the planet.

    Take on the sweeping dunes and embark on an adventurous trip, which promises to make a great story. A combination of experiences make this activity worthy of being on this list.

    Image Credits : Robert Young - Flickr

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    Location: Arabian Adventures offer an all-inclusive desert dinner experience after the desert safari. Drive into the deep forests in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and feast on the starry night.

    Timing: Open throughout the year, the activity might be inaccessible under drastic weather conditions.

    Price: Costing 375 AED onwards, the activity presents dune driving, camel ride, and a belly dance show. A regional selection of grilled meats, salads, sweets and beverages proffer a sumptuous experience.

    Difficulty level: Easy

  • 17Maneuver on a Flyboard

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    Flyboard is an amphibious invention that allows you to surf, swim underwater and enjoy the limitless possibilities it offers. Easy to learn, the extremely exciting activity is definitely a must-do activity when visiting Dubai. Rocket 10 meters above the sea and get the adrenaline pumping! With a coach and Jet Ski in tow, flitting between flying and swimming was never this easy. Conditions for Flyboarding are favorable on all days of the year and is in the offing on demand. This adventure activity is not held in very deep waters and is a safe bet indeed.

    Image Credits : Guillaume P. Boppe - Flickr


    Price: A 30-minute experience is priced at 300 AED per person, with varying durations warranting different rates. Or, you can even have your own Flyboard show at an event for a spectacular display.

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  • 18Surf the turquoise waters on a Wakeboard

    An adventurous blend of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, wake-boarding involves coasting over water on a wakeboard. Usually towed by a motorboat, the rider has ample opportunities to learn and master the art of wakeboarding. Many operators in Dubai offer wakeboarding sessions which are backed by the in-house award-winning instructors. Both professional wakeboard enthusiasts and beginners are supported in an exclusive manner. This sport can be availed on all days of the year, however, subject to persisting weather conditions. Also, this extreme water sports action is open to all age groups.

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    Price: Proffering both coaching and the ensuing wakeboarding session, the prices start from 250 AED. Prices are subject to changes according to the management’s discretion.

  • 19Bungee Jump

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    When in Dubai, there are certain activities you cannot miss out on and bungee jumping is one of them. You can try out your adventure skills in several locations in Dubai and some of them are at the Gravity Zone, a company that specializes in adventure activities like this. Bungee jumps are also popular in Dubai Kartdrome in Motor City. The place has attracted for 500 jumpers since its inception in 2012. You can experience a jump of over 50 meters and you need to ensure you are not above 120 kg for this activity.


    Location: Gravity Zone and Motor City 

    Price: You can avail this activity at different rates such as Single jump can be availed at 339 AED and a Tandem Jump will be priced at 499 AED depending on the location of the activity.

     

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  • 20Catch the Waves by Surfing

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    If you like the waters, then you need to explore them irrespective of which country you are in and if you are enjoying a holiday in Dubai, then there are options for you here in this luxury desert as well. Surfing in Dubai is one of the best things to do in Dubai if you love scouring the waters of Jumeirah Beach and the Arabian Gulf. You could register or make your bookings at the surf house Dubai and get a good offer for an amazing surfing course where you can greet some amazing waves while the coastline of Dubai falls behind you.

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    Location: Dubai Marina, Arabian Gulf, and Jumeirah Beach 

    Price: The cost of a one and a half hour surfing session is around 150 AED and advanced surfing session is around 275 AED (prices are subject to getting modified as per seasons and availability). 

    Best Time: Anytime between December to May