Here are the 5 most popular adventurous activities that a thrill-seeker can experience in Dubai.
If you think Dubai is all about duty-free shopping and Burj Khalifa, you need to think again. From pristine beaches to luxurious hotels and from the finest cuisines from around the world to exciting activities for every age group, Dubai has it all! Either you’re a tourist or a resident, you can never have a dull day in this emirate. And if you happen to be an adrenaline-junkie, you will be ‘thrilled’ to know this place offers a boat-load of adventurous, outdoor and indoor activities.
1. Dive off a Plane Over Palm Jumeirah
Topping our list of the most thrilling experiences in Dubai is skydiving! Skydiving allows you to view the Palm Islands: Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Deira Island, from an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level. And take it from us, the view is worth it! Are your palms sweating yet? Don’t worry, there will be a professional skydiver with you with full protective gear. Adrenaline-junkies live for that one moment of jumping off the plane, the first gush of the wind that hits you.
2. Zip Down the Mountains in Jebel Jais
If you have a bucket-list of the most thrilling things you want to do in your life, zip-lining in Jebel Jais should be on it! At a speed of 120kph, it is a totally exhilarating experience to cross the sky over with breathtaking scenery of the Jebel Jais mountain below. Not to mention, this is the World’s Longest Zipline according to the Guinness World Records. Excited yet?
3. Brave the Dunes in the Desert
Desert safari is fun, sure, but nothing beats the thrill of dune bashing in the desert. Experience the desert at its most thrilling majesty in a 4x4 drive and get that Fast and Furious feel. Dune bashing is actually a kind of off-roading but on sand dunes and is absolutely safe with vehicles fitted with protective gears. While you’ll be thrown around in your seat going up and down the dunes, you’ll still be able to take in the beauty of the vast desert and the sand flying out like waves of the sea.
4. Fly Over the Water with Flyboard and Water Jetpack
Outdoor experiences are incomplete without some in the water. Luckily, Dubai has plenty of thrilling water activities. Like the recently started flyboarding in JBR where a water jetpack is attached with you, sending you flying over the water, feeling no less than a superhero. Flyboarding can be a real test of nerves, what with the balance and determination it requires, but that’s exactly the kind of adrenaline rush you’re looking for, right?
5. Experience Zero Gravity at iFly
iFly is one of the most popular indoor activities in Dubai, voted by adventure-loving people to be an absolutely thrilling experience. iFly can fulfill your dream of flying and experiencing zero gravity at the same time. The thrill of this activity is right up there with the thrill experienced in bungee-jumping and even skydiving. You are protected with a wind-suit, eye protection and helmet with an instructor assisting you all the way. Do some flips and spins to make for some fun photos. iFly is guaranteed to literally blow you away!
So there you have it! Some other equally thrilling activities you can enjoy in Dubai are helicopter ride, being in a human catapult, swim with sharks, bungee jumping and quad biking. We’ll leave these for some other time.