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Best Outdoor Adventures in Dubai

By Viator, September 2016

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Dubai may be famous for its ultra-luxurious hotels, upscale eateries and world-class shopping, but the emirate's scenic deserts and azure sea set the stage for a contrasting host of outdoor adventures.

Desert Safaris
The United Arab Emirates landscape is dominated by desert, and many of Dubai's best outdoor offerings, staged amid the rolling sand dunes, can be combined into a single tour. The possibilities for exploring the area are plentiful—have a traditional desert experience atop a camel or horse, or for something a little more heart-pumping, try navigating the dunes in a Hummer, Jeep, dune buggy or quad bike. This is also the perfect place to cross sand boarding off your bucket list.

Cruises and Boat Trips
The Arabian Gulf and its golden sandy shores are a large part of what makes Dubai such a beautiful place. Boat excursions from the city come at a range of adrenaline levels, from a romantic dhow dinner cruise to a thrilling speed boat ride around the Palm Jumeirah. Charter a luxury yacht to experience the coast in style, or take a day trip by boat to Oman and its rugged coastline and stunning fjord-like bays.

Water Sports
There's no better way to cool off in Dubai than by getting in the water. On the surface, flyboarding and jet skiing are both popular options for the adrenaline rush and views of the Dubai skyline they provide. At the grand Atlantis Resort, you can also swim with dolphins, scuba dive with sharks or snorkel in the Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Fishing, Hunting and Falconry
The calm waters of the Arabian Gulf are perfect for deep-sea fishing, and you might catch snapper, grouper, cat fish, barracuda or even baby shark. Come nightfall, head out on a tour into the mangroves of Umm Al Quwain with a spear and lantern to try your hand at crab hunting. Falconry tours are also incredibly popular, and although you won't be catching dinner during this experience, you can still learn about the sport and even practice handling a falcon in the deserts just outside of Dubai.

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Luxury Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from ... 
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Luxury Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 212 Reviews

Pass through the desert in a vintage Land Rover and spend an evening dining under the stars at a Bedouin-inspired camp, tucked away in the grounds of a royal ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.70
Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities from Dubai, Dubai, Dining ... 
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Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 155 Reviews

Ride a camel through the desert and enjoy dinner at a Bedouin-inspired camp on this exciting 7-hour experience. Leave Dubai in an air-conditioned minivan and ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.00
Dubai Atlantis Discover Scuba Dive, Dubai, Nature & Wildlife
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Dubai Atlantis Discover Scuba Dive

The Lost Chambers offers the Atlantis Dive Discovery whereby a maximum group of 3 non certified divers can dive in our largest open air marine habitat; the ...  Read more

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

From USD $315.07
Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai, Dubai, Scuba Diving
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Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

This interactive wildlife experience introduces you to the vast Arabian Desert, Dubai’s native animals and the UAE’s ancient tradition of falconry. ...  Read more

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

From USD $136.00
Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration, Dubai, Nature ... 
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Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight Including Gourmet Breakfast and Falconry Demonstration

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 121 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: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $302.00
Dubai 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour, Dubai, Balloon Rides
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Dubai 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

This tour will allow you to experience the Arabian Desert on a Quad bike. Experience the thrill of driving quad bike over the sand dunes of Dubai. Read more

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

From USD $100.00
Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities and Vintage Land Rover Transport from ... 
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Overnight Desert Camp Experience: Dinner, Emirati Activities and Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Eat and sleep under the starry desert sky at a Bedouin-inspired camp on this overnight experience from Dubai! After traveling through Dubai Desert Conservation ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $245.90
Audi TT Track Tester at Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, Overnight Tours
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Audi TT Track Tester at Dubai Autodrome

Get behind the wheel of Audi TT 2.0 Turbo engine which offers an intense driving experience. For a better understanding of the performance limitations of the ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $104.93
4x4 Dubai Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding and BBQ Dinner, Dubai, ... 
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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding and BBQ Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1518 Reviews

Travel by 4x4 across the deserts of Dubai on this exhilarating 6-hour excursion! Enjoy an adrenaline rush sandboarding down Dubai’s desert dunes, take a camel ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.37
Helicopter Flight in Dubai, Dubai, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Helicopter Flight in Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 145 Reviews

See Dubai’s flamboyant sights from the air on a 15- or 25-minute helicopter flight over the city! Aboard a 5-seater helicopter with clear glass sides, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 15 or 25 minutes

From USD $220.00

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