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5 Must-Try Outdoor Activities in Dubai - Top 5 Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy in Dubai

As one of the Middle East's most popular tourist hubs, Dubai also offers visitors a plethora of outdoor activities and adventures. Here are 5 ways to spend time exploring the great outdoors in the city.


Desert Safari

Often regarded as one of the most unique and exciting activities visitors can enjoy in Dubai, signing up for a desert safari is a must for all travellers heading to this desert city. Surrounded by the desert, Dubai offers travellers the perfect opportunity to explore the arid terrain in a one of a kind adventure on a 4x4 drive. While it is entirely possible to simply enjoy a drive across the desert, most desert safari participants also schedule other activities during the excursion including a spot of dune bashing. As a sport that is not for the faint of heart, dune bashing is an exhilarating way to spend time in the desert and is akin to sandboarding in terms of mechanics. Those who wish to camp out in a Bedouin-style dwelling for the night can also add an overnight stay in the camp to the desert safari itinerary.


Sail Away

Sailing and the sea has been a part of life in Dubai from the beginning as trading, pearl diving and similar industries have served as the lifeblood of the Arab city. Travellers with a penchant for sailing will find that chartering a yacht and heading to the open seas is one of the best ways to discover Dubai's stunning coastline and enjoy a memorable excursion in the water at the same time. Visitors can select the duration of the sailing tour as well as the meal plan as some packages also include a traditional dinner meal.


Dhow Cruise

A dhow cruise is not only an affordable way to experience the city's shoreline but a great idea for those looking for unique outdoor dining experiences in Dubai. Available through a number of private tour operators and local cruise organizers, dhow cruises can be romantic and adventure-filled based on one's preference. History buffs can also opt for a cruise which takes one across the heritage of Dubai by sailing past well-known landmarks with a guide providing valuable information on the cultural significance of each location. A typical dinner cruise lasts up to two hours although that also includes onboard entertainment such as Tanoura dancers.


Quad Biking

Driving on the desert sand is a challenging experience but one that is made even more engaging by hopping on board a quad bike or ATV. Rental rates are affordable while anyone can learn to ride a quad bike if they have a working knowledge of riding a bicycle or driving a vehicle. Helmets, however, are a must as it can be a bumpy ride the first time one navigates the desert terrain.


Hit the Beaches

Home to some of the region's finest beaches, spending time soaking up the sun, surf and enjoying water-bound activities in the ocean is another wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors. Those based at Avani Deira Dubai Hotel or similar hotels will find that water sports are also some of the best things to do in Deira Dubai especially on Jumeirah Beach where a host of water sports activities are available.