Of all the places I have been to, surprisingly, Dubai is probably one of the best for action packed adventures. A lot of people go to Dubai for the white sandy beaches, plush hotels and world class shopping. If you have visited to Dubai and you didn't go on some sort of desert adventure, then I have news for you, you definitely missed out.
It's Dubai's theme parks and heart pounding desert activities that make it so enticing to adventure lovers. If you plan on visiting dazzling Dubai any time soon, make sure you leave enough time to go on a few adventures. Of course I remember the towering skyscrapers, futuristic architectures and beautiful coastline, but my most memorable moment was probably taking on the sand dunes in a jeep in the middle of the desert.
I love holidays that offer fun and thrilling activities. You are more likely to come away from a trip feeling satisfied if you have done something thrilling and exciting, than if you simply soak up the sun for a week. I have to admit, I do enjoy relaxing by the sea, but I like to break up the relaxation by trying things I have never done before.
After spending some time in Dubai, I have come up with the ultimate travel itinerary for thrill seekers. Check out my Dubai travel itinerary for adventure lovers below and enjoy some amazing adventures of your own.
Amazing thrilling adventures in Dubai
Dune bashing is a form of off-roading on sand dunes. It's aptly named, because it does feel like you crashing against the sand dunes. It doesn't sound that scary, but once you get inside the 4x4, you might change your mind. I'm happy to admit that I was a little bit terrified, mainly because at certain points, it literally feels like the car is going to topple over and crash into the sand.
Some of the dunes are extremely steep and difficult to manoeuvre around. I did however survive, and realised that the expert drivers know what they are doing, and know just how far to push their cars before they topple over. If you get car sickness, this activity is definitely not for you. You can also go dirt bike riding and take on the sand dunes yourself if you want more of a challenge.
Sand boarding is a combination of skating and wakeboarding. You hop onto something that looks a bit like a skateboard and zoom down the dunes. It takes quite a lot of skill and balance to remain standing.
If you aren't so confident or are tackling very steep dunes, you can always sit down on the board and whizz down on your rear end. I tried sitting down first and then had a go at standing up on a smaller dune. It's an extremely unique activity and a great way to explore the Dubai desert.
Dubai has plenty of water parks, including the Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark and Wild Wadi Waterpark. These parks will appeal to adrenaline junkies because of their selection of super-fast and steep slides that you can plummet down at high speed.
Take on record breaking rides at the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark including Poseidon's revenge, where you plummet down the tower at 60 kilometres per hour, and the Leap of Faith, which has a near vertical drop. Wild Wadi waterpark has a flowrider (surfing on a man made surf machine), which is awesome, trust me. I tried it in Singapore, and it's far more difficult than it looks. Expect to fall off and face plant the waves a few times.
Go to Ferrari World Theme Park in nearby Abu Dhabi
So Ferrari World Theme Park isn't exactly in Dubai, it's located a few hour's drive away in Abu Dhabi. However, if you are car mad or love extremely fast theme park rides, then a visit to Ferrari World will be well worth the trip. It's the largest indoor theme park in the world.
Hard core adrenaline junkies will feel right at home here. Be sure to have a go on the Flying Aces ride, which has:
"...the world's tallest loop, the steepest and fastest cable lift incline, 10 zero gravity airtime moments and a whole lot of incredible twists and turns."
Or if that doesn't raise your pulse enough, how about taking on the faster rollercoaster on the planet, the Formula Rossa, which will take you from 0 to 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
You can definitely have some fun at the world's largest indoor snow park, here you can mess around in 22,500 square metres of snow spread over five runs. Test out your skills on the more difficult runs, and if you are feeling brave, take on the black run.
If you aren't a fan of skiing or snowboarding, there's plenty of other activities to keep you occupied including tobogganing, zorbing and a 150 metre long zip line (the world's first sub-zero zip line).
Hot air balloon ride over the desert
Although you won't be speeding through the air in a hot air balloon, it will still get your heart pounding. Rise high in the sky and see the Dubai desert from a completely different perspective. Take in the spectacular views and enjoy a champagne breakfast.
The Yellow Boats
Combine a bit of sightseeing and water sports by zooming around Dubai's waters on a yellow boat. It's the perfect way to take in all the amazing sights and also have a bit of fun at the same time. Not the most heart pounding of activities but still an enjoyable thing to do.
Seawings seaplane tours
This clearly isn't the cheapest of activities, but if you have a decent holiday budget, then you might want to treat yourself to an awesome Seawings tour of Dubai. Fly over the city and experience a bird's eye view of Dubai. They planes also take off from the water, which is pretty amazing experience in itself.
I was lucky enough to go water skiing in Dubai, and one of the main things I remember is the beautiful colour of the sea. You can do all sorts of watersports in Dubai including kiteboarding, windsurfing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding and jet skiing.
A haven for watersports, action and adventure lovers
My action packed travel itinerary shows that Dubai has so much to offer when it comes to sports and adventure. I was fortunate enough to visit Dubai about five years ago, and being a fast paced, ever evolving city, a lot has probably changed since then. I'd love to go back to try some of the activities listed above that I haven't yet had the chance to experience, and also to see what more this Middle Eastern gem has up its sleeve.