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Sports and Outdoor Activities in Abu Dhabi – Enjoy the Action

Abu Dhabi as a cosmopolitan tourist hub has much to offer the active tourist. There are plenty of clubs and recreation sites offering one a chance to indulge in various forms of sport.


Enjoy a Round of Golf

Golf in Abu Dhabi is quite a unique experience. The city boasts over a dozen courses with another five open to non-members and visitors. Most of the beautiful greens are made up of verdant fairways of well-manicured grass lawns or sand; in most instances it's an amalgamation of both.


Horse Riding and Racing

Horses have always been an important aspect of Emirati culture, as such horse racing and riding is one of the main sports in the city. The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is one of the best and most popular venues for horse racing as well as events such as show jumping. Visit the place for an idea of the importance Arabian horse's play within the Emirati nations. This club plays hosts to many national events such as the Emirates Championship, The Presidents Cup and National Cup Day.


Enjoy Kayaking tours Around the Mangrove Forests

The utterly beautiful Eastern Mangroves district of Abu Dhabi, home to the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is a diverse eco system. The area is quite popular for kayaking tours, bird watching and scuba diving. The mangroves and lagoon is known for its population of exotic wildlife, diverse flora and relaxing ambiance. Famous waterfront venue for the finest five star hotels Abu Dhabi has to offer this area is well serviced by aquatic adventure sports clubs that offer tours across the mangrove forests. Choose from sunrise tours across the mangroves to sunset kayaking into the folds of nature.


Try a Bout of Stand Up Paddling

Stand up paddle boarding is a modern sport gaining popularity across the globe. It is most popular in the Eastern Mangroves district of Abu Dhabi. Originating in Hawaii this is a sport that is less physically exerting than surfing. Apart from being lots of fun the sport provides an ideal cardiovascular workout, balance and muscle workout. A must try for sporting enthusiasts and fun loving tourists.


Dune Bashing in Abu Dhabi

Dune bashing will always be a favourite sport here. Highly skilled drivers will take you across the golden dunes in a buggy. Enjoy the adrenaline rush as the 4X4 vehicle races up and down the sandy hills. Make sure to book tours with reputed firms only.


Sailing in Abu Dhabi

Sailing is quite a relaxing sport that's popular in the city. Ideal to get away from the heat and bustling city environs sailing on the ocean or the lagoon of the Eastern Mangroves district is highly recommended. You can be a part of a group or charter your very own boat in order to enjoy solitary thrills and skimming across a glistening body of water.

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