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8 Outdoor Activities in Dubai You Probably Haven’t Heard About - Top Secret Things to Do in Dubai

As one of the Middle East's most visited tourist hubs, Dubai is not only reserved for shopaholics and high rollers. Here are some of the most engaging outdoor activities available in the city for tourists.


Scuba Diving

While most travellers would not associate a desert capital with a deep sea exploration activity the likes of scuba diving, the city is, in fact, one of the best destinations for the water sport in the Middle East. Owing to its location on the Persian Gulf, the seas off the coast of Dubai are home to a host of marine creatures including sea molluscs and multicoloured nudibranchs. Underwater photography enthusiasts will also find the sea beds in this part of the world a stunning backdrop for their hobby.


Dinner Cruise

Often regarded as one of the most rewarding outdoor activities visitors can enjoy during a trip to Dubai, signing up for a dinner cruise on a dhow is also an excursion that's ideal for those who are in the city for a brief period. Allowing one to experience a nuanced tour with all the highlights decorating the shores of the Dubai Marina, the journey also includes a culinary component with the chance to sample a three-course meal on board. Sailing during the evening hours on a historical wooden sea boat once used for pearl diving or fishing the cruise is also among the most romantic activity options available for couples.


Desert Safari

Offering holidaymakers the opportunity to witness the beauty and majesty of its desert landscapes, a desert safari is a must for all travellers staying in the bustling metropolis. With organized tours available from a plethora of local tour operators, the four by four drive across the arid terrains of Dubai is an experience one is unlikely to forget. Most tours also include a buffet dinner as well as cultural shows including a Taura dance item.


Horse Riding

As a vital component of local culture, horse riding in a desert capital is an engaging activity open to adults and children with a love of the great outdoors. Not only is horse riding the best way to interact with local Emirati culture but also a wonderful way to uncover the natural beauty and the unchartered territories off the coast of Dubai. Those who are not adept at riding can also sign up for lessons via resorts and other local equestrian clubs.


Day Trip to Musandam

While the area is located away from the metropolitan epicentre of Dubai, the day trip destination allows visitors to discover some of the UAE's finest mountain ranges and other natural attributes. Stepping away from the hustle and bustle of big city life, the panoramic landscapes and mountainous terrains of Musandam offer a welcome respite for outdoorsy travellers in search of breathing space.


Cruise around Palm Island

There's no better way to explore the man-made Palm Islands and the Dubai Marina Canal than on a cruise adventure on the Mediterranean Sea. Be mesmerized by the shorelines of Jumeirah and the many recreational hotspots lining its coasts on this one of a kind excursion.


Island Hopping Tour on board a Yacht

Yacht rentals are omnipresent in the desert city due to the popularity of sailing and sea cruises among tourists and an island hopping tour on a yacht is another fine way to uncover the coastlines of the city at one's own pace.



Camping in the desert and under the stars is a dream most travellers entertain when travelling to Dubai and those based at Oaks Liwa Heights or any other similar holiday apartments Dubai can take a break from the monotony of their surroundings and head to the open vistas of the desert for a camping experience.

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