Best Outdoor Adventures in Dubai

By Viator, July 2014

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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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