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Best Outdoor Adventures in Dubai

By Viator, October 2013

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Dubai may be best known for its ultra-luxurious hotels, upscale eateries and world-class shopping, but the city packs a major punch when it comes to outdoor adventure as well.

As you might expect from a city lying in within the Arabian Desert, many of the area’s outdoor attractions revolve around sand. Sandboarding, one of the most popular sports in the desert, has become a quintessential Dubai experience in recent years.

After making the journey via four wheel drive into the scenic desert, you’ll strap on a board for the fun and exhilarating coast down an Arabian dune. Another adventurous option for visitors who prefer to stay behind the wheel is taking on the dunes on an ATV or dune buggy. Extend your desert safari overnight for the chance to sleep under the stars.

Seeing Dubai from above might just be more impressive than seeing it on the ground, and one of the most thrilling ways to capture that bird’s eye view is in the basket of a hot air balloon. On a sunrise ride, you’ll be able to see for miles across the red dunes and desert oases, and you might even be able to spot a wandering camel or two.

With a location sandwiched between the desert and the Arabian Sea, Dubai enjoys a full range of water sports in addition to the desert offerings. All along Dubai’s beaches, you’ll likely see windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and scuba diving.

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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 822 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 5-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, take a camel ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.05

Dubai Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Desert Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

See the highlights of Dubai and its surrounding desert on this Super Saver that combines two best-selling tours over two days! Enjoy a city sightseeing tour by ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $109.33

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Glide up, up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Revservation! After traveling from your central Dubai hotel to Margham by minibus, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $276.41

Private 4x4 Adventurer Safari including Sandboarding

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

If its an Arabian desert adventure you want, this is the safari for you! Try your hand at sandboarding down the desert sand dunes. On this private tour the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.10

Dubai 4x4 Sandboarding Safari

4 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Travel across the desert by 4WD to go sandboarding on Dubai's sand dunes. No trip to Dubai is complete without at least one exciting slide down a sand dune!

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.26

Self-Drive Desert Buggy or Quad Bike Experience with Transport from Dubai

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Combine sand and speed on a thrilling 3-hour desert ride through the sun-baked plains that surround Dubai! After a pickup from central Dubai, from your chose ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00

Private 4x4 Hatta Day Trip to Heritage Village and Desert Rocks

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Visit Hatta Heritage Village and the beguiling desert rock formations of Jebel Maleihah (fossil rock) and Camel Rock with a private guide! With transport by ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.05

Dubai Desert Hummer Adventure with BBQ Dinner

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Embark on an exciting off-road excursion through the Arabian Desert on this Hummer safari in Dubai. Cruise through desert sand dunes aboard a H2 Hummer with ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00

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