01 Jul 2019
If you're planning a trip to Dubai later this year, make the most of the Emirate’s gorgeous weather. Whether you’d prefer to battle rapids or leisurely explore the coast, here are our favourite outdoor activities in Dubai.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Wild Wadi is about as synonymous with Dubai as it gets. Opened in the late 90’s, the park shocked the world with how wacky, ridiculous, and unbelievably exciting a waterpark could be. Over 20 years later and it is still Dubai’s premier theme park, complete with death-defying slide drops, tsunami-inducing wave pools, surf simulators, and everything in between. On a warm day, nothing beats getting wet and wild at the Wadi.
If there’s one thing that remains the same despite Dubai’s ever-changing cityscape, it’s the exhilarating culture of dune bashing. A short drive from the Emirate capital lie the majestic, red sands of Dubai’s dunes. Perfectly picturesque and endlessly atmospheric, they are also ideal for high-octane off-roading. Every day, intrepid 4x4s take to the dunes to rev up and speed down the incredible hills of sand. As a jeep flies up a dune, almost at a 45-degree angle, red sand swarms around its sides. No other activity quite combines the high energy of Dubai and the pristine beauty of its amazing landscape. After bashing, step out and enjoy an unreal sunset over the capital city in the distance. Your Jumeirah concierge or private butler will happily arrange a trip for you.
The Dubai coast is stunning: mile-upon-mile of white sands and azure waves. What better way to take advantage of it than through the exhilarating world of watersports. Embrace the early morning atop a paddleboard as the gentle ripples of the waking sea lap gently at your feet, or take full advantage of the still waters and whiz up the coast on water skis, the iconic skyline of Dubai zooming past. From kayaking to scuba diving, Dubai’s watersports scene has it all.
Dubai Parks combines not one, not two, but four separate theme parks. From the vertical plunges and Hollywood themes of Motiongate, to the enchanting, blockbuster spectacles of Bollywood Parks, to the wondrous creations of Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Parks, weeks could be spent experiencing all it has to offer. Add in the retail haven and picturesque beauty of Riverland, and there’s enough to keep you occupied for a week.
Hatta is Dubai’s pristine outdoor zone and is absolutely perfect for shoulder season. Its rocky mountain passes are perfect for biking and for hiking, while Hatta Lake is probably the UAE’s most beautiful place to kayak, surrounded by steep cliff faces of red rock. And if that isn’t enough, the recently restored Hatta Heritage village brings Dubai’s traditional culture to life.
As the bootcamp fitness craze continues to take the world by storm, embrace the more moderate Dubai weather and spice up your workouts outside. Dotted around Jumeirah Beach Hotel are several Talise Boot Camps, focusing on callisthenics and endurance training, perfect for taking your fitness to the next level.
Hot Air Ballooning
If the Dubai desert is extraordinary to look at on the ground, it is mythical from atop a hot air balloon. The massive dunes, from up high, resemble smooth, cresting waves, while the incredible scale of the whole desert becomes truly observable hundreds of feet in the air. Recently Balloon Adventures Dubai partnered with Royal Shaheen falconers to deliver the joys of falcon racing thousands of feet in the air. It is an utterly unique and totally mesmerising experience.
Deep Sea Fishing
The Gulf’s warm waters make it an ideal ground for all types of marine life, and when the summer’s heat has dissipated, there’s nothing holding you back from a day at sea. As sea temperatures drop, grouper and kingfish come back to the Gulf’s temperate waters, while snappers and catfish are found the year through. Private and shared trips are available; just ask your concierge or private butler to arrange the haul of a lifetime.