Outdoor Dubai: Adventure and Sport
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With fantastic weather all year round, Dubai is a sporting dream. From activities in the water to land sports, there’s no end to what’s on offer.
For many people one of the biggest selling points when it comes to this corner of the Emirates is golf. An abundance of courses are on offer, and since 1989 the city has hosted the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which established its reputation as the world’s premier desert golf destination, and one of the world’s premier golf destinations in general. Among the choice addresses are Al Badia, Arabian Ranches, and the ultra-scenic Dubai Creek, which sits in the middle of the city but surrounded by an ancient waterway.
From the sedate to something far more demanding, few people could hope to sustain running in the kind of temperatures Dubai experiences – aside from competitors in the Dubai Marathon, of course. Held each January, 2008’s edition broke records as the richest long distance running race in history, and since then the event has only gotten bigger and more prestigious. Meanwhile, this is also home to international tennis tournaments (Dubai Duty Free Championships), and Indian Premier League cricket.
Less professional, and more accessible to the average visitor; a trio of unbeatable activities make for undoubted highlights. Skydive Dubai allows you to freefall through the air before calmly parachuting back to Earth whilst enjoying unparalleled views over the city and wider region. Or perhaps you’d prefer to cool off at the Middle East’s only indoor snowsport centre, Ski Dubai, which is themed on an Alpine village and boasts runs to suit a variety of ability levels. And this is before we come to iFLY Dubai, the first double vertical wind tunnel on the face of the Earth, allowing you to experience what it would be like to fly like a bird.
Outside the city proper there’s one truly unique offering that’s bound to feature high on adventurous travellers’ priority list. The sand dunes don’t just surround Dubai, they provide a playground for those looking to explore awe-inspiring landscapes. Take a 4x4 ride out into the desert and understand what off-roading really feels like, or head out on a multi-day expedition where you’ll sleep in tented accommodation, spend evenings sat by campfires under a blanket of stars, and learn a little of what life is like for nomadic desert people across the globe.
Far from your average trek, thanks to the strong culture of this region, it will be unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in the world, and proves that, as a destination, you’ll struggle to beat the adventure and wonder that comes with a stay in Dubai.
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People come to Dubai for different reasons. Some want to shop until they drop, others choose to experience the glamorous lifestyle. Some prefer to relax indulgently, whilst some want to embrace the epic adventures Dubai offers- with more unforgettable experiences to be had than we can hope to mention here.
A glistening city in the middle of the desert, defined by some of the world's most modern and opulent buildings, contemporary shopping and high-tech entertainment, the Emirates' most famous destination is also a hotbed of culture; from art galleries and museums to the indigenous Arabian history.
When you're surrounded by warm waters, bathed in high temperatures and sunshine almost every day of the year, it should go without saying that everything from water sports to beach lounging, fishing to pearl diving, should be on the agenda. Welcome to Dubai, where all that and more comes as standard.
There are few places on Earth where you can sunbathe on the beach in the morning, snowboard in the afternoon, and head out to explore sand dunes before sunset. To top it off there are huge entertainment centres and waterparks too. All of which barely scratches the surface when it comes to keeping the family entertained in Dubai, one of the world's safest and most fun cities.
As a centre of international culture, it's no surprise that Dubai is home to an abundance of festivals and events of global repute. This is also a place steeped in a unique history, meaning that whilst visiting soirees appear dominant, you'll also find a host of traditional offerings to contrast the more lavish affairs.
Many cities have a claim to fame, but only the best have several. In Dubai, alongside unforgettable adventures and unparalleled shopping, the hotels represent a unique selling point all of their own. So whether you're spending big or modest, there's no chance you'll be disappointed.
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