Top adventure activities in Dubai

Adventure is any activity that takes you out of your comfort zone and gives your body an adrenaline rush. Many people travel around the world just to enjoy exhilarating adventures. When it comes to adventures, Dubai is a popular destination as it offers everything from mild to extreme adventurous activities. The Emirates of Dubai has water, land and air adventures for those interested. If you dare to dream of a holiday that goes beyond sightseeing, feasting and shopping, here are the best adventure activities to do in Dubai. 

Water Adventures

As Dubai is flanked by water and has some gorgeous beaches, it is not a surprise to know that it is home to some amazing water adventure activities and sports. Among all the water adventure activities in Dubai, we present you with the best.

Flyboarding Dubai

Flyboarding is a water activity that lets you fly in the air. Here, your legs are attached to a board with a Jet Ski engine. When powered, the engine pumps water with great force, propelling the person into the air. Flyboarding can take you up to 10 meters up in the air and is quite exhilarating. You can control the board either by distributing your weight equally between your feet or by using hand controls.

Time: 10 AM to 5 PM
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Location: Dubai Beach

Rules and Regulations

  • This activity can be done only by people above the age of 13. Kids below the age of 18 should be accompanied by their parents.
  • Pregnant women and people with heart conditions, back pain, etc. should refrain from flyboarding.

Scuba Diving Dubai

If you find the city of Dubai alluring, you would find its underwater life even more so. Scuba diving in Dubai is a popular water activity that lets you explore the exotic marine life of the Persian Gulf. Apart from checking out the sea creatures like turtles, manta rays, sea snakes, Arabian angelfish, batfish and barracudas, you would also get to explore lot of shipwrecks here. Whichever site you choose, you would be able to enjoy an amazing experience while scuba diving in Dubai.

Time: Starts at 11 AM
Duration: 3 hours (approximately)
Location: Jumeirah

Rules and Regulations

  • Anyone above the age of 10 years can go scuba diving.
  • Kids between the age of 10 and 17 years should be accompanied by their parents or signed medical liability from them.
  • Refrain from travelling by flight at least for 18 hours after scuba diving.

Air Adventures

Air adventures in Dubai give you the opportunity to see the city from the bird’s eye view. These adventurous things to do in Dubai would not fail to give you a heady feeling.

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Dubai

One of the mildest air adventure in Dubai is hot air ballooning. This activity usually happens in the desert, especially in the morning, close to sunrise. Flying over the vast desert land offers the chance to see a dramatic view of the area. Moreover, you also get to see the rare flora and fauna of the desert. As the hot air balloon takes you some 4000 feet above land, you also get a beautiful view of the urban city as well as the Persian Gulf along with the desert dunes. 

Time: 4:30 AM
Duration: 3 hours
Location: Hajjar Mountains

Rules and Regulations

  • Kids below the age of 6, pregnant women, people who have undergone a major surgery and those with severe neck pain or backache should avoid hot air ballooning. 
  • You should not carry heavy bags, suitcases or backpacks onboard.
  • Always wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Avoid high heels at any cost.
  • Make sure to reach 10-15 minutes before the flight time. Even a small delay can cause cancellation of the entire flight.

Helicopter Ride Dubai

An adventurous way of sightseeing in Dubai is going on a helicopter ride. The helicopter would take you to some of the most important places in the city and give you a closer look at the landmarks like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek, Sheikh Zayed Road, Hotel Atlantis and Burj Al Arab. Moreover, this is a great chance to see the exact shape of the Palm Island as well as the World Islands. While the helicopter tour of the city is thrilling, it is also one of the most relaxing ways of checking out the famous places of the city.

Time: 8 AM to 6 PM
Duration: 15 – 40 minutes (depends on the package you select)
Location: Dubai Police Academy, Near Madinat Souk

Rules and Regulations

  • Infants cannot go for the helicopter ride. Kids have to be 2 years and above to go on to the helicopter.
  • You cannot eat, drink or smoke inside the helicopter.
  • Pregnant women with gestational age up to 32 weeks can go for this tour, at their own risk.

Ziplining in Dubai

The world’s longest, highest and fastest urban zipline can be found in the city of Dubai. Located over the Dubai Marina, this zipline measures 1 km and goes at the speed of 80 km/hour. Two ziplines run parallel, giving you the chance to go ziplining with your partner or friend at the same time. But what makes the entire experience even more wonderful is that you get to an incredible view of the glitz and glamour of the modern city of Dubai while ziplining here.

Time: 9 AM to 4:30 PM 
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Location: Dubai Marina

Rules and Regulations

  • People between the age of 12 years and 65 years can go for ziplining. Riders under the age of 18 should be accompanied by their parents.
  • The minimum height requirement for ziplining is 130 cm, while the weight of the rider should be between 50-100 kg.
  • Pregnant women and people with serious physical as well as medical conditions must refrain from ziplining.

Skydiving in Dubai

What can be more adventurous than jumping from a moving plane, some 4000 meters above land? Skydiving is the ultimate experience you can have in Dubai. What’s more, you would be able to see an aerial view of the city. If you have no experience in skydiving, you go tandem skydiving with a professional or instructor. On the other hand, you can also undergo training and fly solo. Moreover, when it comes to location for skydiving, you choose between the desert land and the city, with the latter being the most popular.

Time: 10 AM to 4 PM
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Location: Palm Island or Desert Campus

Rules and Regulations

  • The minimum age requirement for sky diving is 18 years.
  • Women should be under 90 kg and men should be under 100 kg for sky diving.
  • People over the age of 60 have to produce a clear medical certificate to go sky diving.

Land Adventures

Land adventures in Dubai are numerous, and you would be able to pick one easily as per your interest and comfort level. Here are some of the land adventurous things to do in Dubai.

Dune Bashing

Dune bashing is one of the most popular off-roading activities in Dubai. Here, you are strapped in a 4×4 vehicle, while the professional driver manoeuvres the vehicle through the high and lows dunes of the desert, using different speeds. The pressure of the tyres is reduced to get traction, while the roll cages in the vehicles make the experience completely safe. Dune bashing is usually a part of the desert safari experience and is nothing less than a rollercoaster.

Time: Depends on desert safari time
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Location: Dubai Desert

Rules and Regulations

  • Kids under the age of 5, pregnant ladies and people with heart diseases should refrain from this activity.
  • Always ensure to fasten your seatbelts correctly before the dune bashing activity begins.

Mountain Biking

If you want to enjoy mountain biking, you would have to move away from the city of Dubai towards the mighty Hajar Mountains. These mountains offer different routes, each with different level of difficulty. In short, here mountain biking can be enjoyed by everyone, from beginners to experts. Apart from cycling through difficult terrain, you would also get to enjoy some amazing views while mountain biking while holidaying in Dubai.

Duration: 2-3 hours (Depends on the route or trail you choose)
Location: Hajjar Mountains

Rules and Regulations

  • It is important to wear helmets at all times while mountain biking in Dubai.
  • Always go mountains biking in a group rather than on your own.

Ski Dubai

Skiing would be the last thing you would be expecting in the desert city of Dubai. However, you would be surprised to know that the world’s largest indoor skiing resort is located in Dubai’s The Mall of Emirates, called Ski Dubai. Covering an area of 22,500 square meters, Ski Dubai has an 85-meter high mountain that includes five slopes with different levels of steepness for skiing. Apart from skiing, you can also try snowboarding here.

Time: 10 AM to 11 PM (Saturday to Wednesday), 10 AM to 12 AM (Thursday) and 9 AM to 12 AM (Friday and Saturday)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Location: The Mall of Emirates

Rules and Regulations

  • One should be above the age of 3 to ski in Ski Dubai. Kids between the age of 3 and 8 years should be accompanied by their parents.
  • It is important wear helmet while skiing and snowboarding.
  • Guests should take complete responsibility of the rented skiing gear.

Safety Tips for Visitors

Before you try any of the above adventurous activities in Dubai, here are some important tips that you should keep in mind to stay safe.

  • Do your research and choose a reputed company to try any of the adventure activities. Ask about their safety procedures before you make a decision.
  • Before you try any of the adventurous activities, try to learn everything about it, as much as possible.
  • Listen to the safety instructions provided by the professionals carefully ahead of trying the activity.
  • Always wear the safety equipment meant for a particular activity.
  • It would be best not to indulge in any adventure activity if you have a serious ailment like a heart problem or perhaps chronic back pain. 
  • Take the advice of your doctor in case you suffer from some minor ailments.
  • Choose comfortable clothes. Avoid clothes that are too tight or that which may tear during the activity.

The top 10 adventure activities in Dubai would definitely add a zing to your holiday in the Emirate city. Do make sure to follow all the rules and safety instructions so that you have a hassle free and memorable adventure holiday.

About the writer of the article

Priya is an avid travel blogger and writer. Best known for her extensive travel blogs and articles which she quotes from her personal experiences. she has traveled extensively to several holiday destinations such as the USA, Canada, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Qatar, Japan, and China. You can easily relate with the various places to visit in her articles. On Active and Adventurous, she have also written the blog post “Top picks on adventurous things to do in Italy“.


    1. That depends on how luxury you want the holiday to be, and what activities you want to do. You can have a cheap and good holiday staying at a hostel and only doing free activities, but if you want hotel and more expensive activities, of course you need more money 😉

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