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Sports and Outdoor Activities in Abu Dhabi - Top Outdoor Activities and Sports to Enjoy in Abu Dhabi

As one of the UAE's favourite vacation hotspots Abu Dhabi offers visitors a plethora of exciting land bound and water bound activities. Here are some must-experience activity highlights in Abu Dhabi.


Activities at Yas Waterworld

Tipped to be Abu Dhabi's premier splash centre water based outdoor activities are the name of the game in this iconic water park. Sprawled across a whopping 15 acres Yas Waterworld is the largest water park in Abu Dhabi as a whole. Home to over 42 rides the venue is houses countless swimming pools and water slides to suit every variety of traveller. The park's four main highlights are reportedly the first of their kind in the world, which includes the globe's premier water and laser infused rollercoaster. The Bandit Bomber is another popular feature at this water activity base. Visitors based in an Abu Dhabi luxury hotel such as the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara will have easy access to the splash centre thanks to the hotel's strategic location.


Jet Ski Rides

Strictly reserved for those with a flair for adventure and adrenalin pumping activities Jet Ski rides are also a great way of discovering the pristine coastlines of Abu Dhabi city. Offering participants breathtaking views across the shorelines of the bustling metropolis Jet Ski rides are also the perfect way to uncover the beauty of the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Those who have experience riding jet skis need only rent the speedy wave riders from the vendors located down Al Meena while visitors who wish to learn the ropes of navigating a jet ski can also do so. Note that only those above 16 years of age are eligible to operate jet skis in Abu Dhabi.


Dive beneath the Blue

Often described as one of the most engaging and memorable water sports activities available in Abu Dhabi diving excursions are fast becoming the tour de jour among seasoned visitors to the desert capital. Experienced divers as well as beginners can hone their skills at numerous institutions in the city which includes the Al Mahara Dive Centre. PADI certification and other diving skills are up for grabs at these diving schools managed by experienced coaches. Most five star resorts also offer diving lessons as part of their resort activities itinerary while diving gear rentals are also on hand to allow visitors discover the beauty of the city's underwater coral gardens.


Kayaking Excursions

Ideal for those who wish to work up a sweat while discovering the stunning landscapes of Abu Dhabi at one's own pace kayaking excursions are also one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Emirati hub. Paddling along the backwaters and idyllic shorelines surrounding the city kayakers can also explore the intriguing topographical features of the mangrove jungle located close to Abu Dhabi's Eastern Ring Road while coming across wildlife occupying the areas including turtles, sea birds and marine creatures large and small.


Take Up Kitesurfing

A favourite activity among water sports enthusiasts kitesurfing is another exciting activity available to visitors exploring Abu Dhabi. Well-known beaches in Saadiyat Island and Yas Island offer kite surfing facilities as does many public beach hubs in the city.


SUP or Paddle Boarding

As relatively new water sports event in Abu Dhabi Stand Up Paddling is another must-try activity in Abu Dhabi. Employing oars the sport involves paddling across the water, propelled by the wind. Those who wish to learn the sport can also do so at where lessons are tours are organized for tourists and locals alike.