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Best Outdoor Adventures in Dubai

By Viator, August 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 are staged out amid the rolling sand dunes and 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, Land Cruiser, dune buggy or quad bike. Dubai 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
Have fun, get outside and maybe even catch your own dinner. 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 a 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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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding and BBQ Dinner, Dubai, null
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4x4 Dubai Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding and BBQ Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1463 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 ...  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 132 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
Luxury Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities with Transport from ... 
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Luxury Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities with Transport from Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 137 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
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 188 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
Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight, Dubai, Dining Experiences
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Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 116 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 $261.00
Dubai Desert Morning Tour in 4x4 Vehicle: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Tour, Sandboarding and Camel Farm, ... 
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Dubai Desert Morning Tour in 4x4 Vehicle: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Tour, Sandboarding and Camel Farm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Experience four thrilling desert experiences on an exciting 4-hour morning tour from Dubai! After heading into the desert bright and early in a comfortable 4x4 ...  Read more

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

From USD $110.00
Dubai 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour, Dubai, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Dubai 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 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 $95.00
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 14 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
Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai, Dubai, Overnight Tours
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Falconry Experience and Wildlife Tour in Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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
Shark Walker in Dubai, Dubai, Nature & Wildlife
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Shark Walker in Dubai

Forget dive experience, forget knowing how to swim, forget even getting your hair wet! Now you can experience close encounters with sharks, rays and a ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 25 minutes (approx.)

From USD $257.93

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