As summer’s oppressive heat descends upon the United Arab Emirates everyone starts heading inside, seeking refuge in air-conditioned havens… that generally means one of the Emirates’ mega-malls.
Not so fast though!
What if we told you that one of the best physical adventure activities in Dubai has adjusted their hours to allow adrenaline junkies to make the most of the cooler mornings and evenings?
Located not far from Dubai’s city centre, Aventura offers five rope courses amongst the natural Ghaff tree forest in Mushrif Park.
The variety of courses allow guests to push themselves regardless of their level of fitness or thirst for adventure. From courses targeted at younger children and those not so keen on heights to ones that present a massive physical challenge high off the ground, there’s something for practically everyone.
Having completed a number of high rope and climbing courses now (check out our review of Ras Al Khaimah’s via ferrata), we’re relatively handy with a carabiner but even if you’re not, you’ll have nothing to worry about at Aventura. Thanks to the employment of CliC-iT smart carabiners it is impossible for any guest to be up on the course without being clipped in and though they take a little getting used to, the peace of mind is absolutely worth it.
The staff out on the course are well trained and with a comprehensive, hands-on training before you head out by yourself, chances are you’ll be feeling pretty confident.
It is also worth noting that the course is fairly exposed, being nested amongst the trees rather than sheltering beneath them – because of this we’d recommend taking plenty of sunscreen along with your glasses and a hat, especially if you’re visiting when the sun’s at its strongest (as we did – eeek!)
High Ropes for Everyone at Aventura!
Once your training starts you’ll have three hours to bounce around any of the routes that take your fancy. Our group of four completed three courses in total (in addition to the initiation course), each with their own differences.
With an average height of 3 metres, Explorador is the perfect starting point for your high ropes adventure. The course isn’t particularly difficult but it’s a great way to find your feet and adjust to the carabiner system. It also gives a good view out over the more difficult Aventura and Thriller routes, allowing you to plot your next course.
If you’re feeling a little nervous, this is definitely the place to start!
Running alongside Explorador, Thriller stands at an average height of 8 metres above the ground. Described as having a low difficulty level but towering height, this is a course that will divide your group. Physically it’s a walk in the park but if you’re afraid of heights it’s sure to challenge you. Just remember, there’s no way you’ll ever come unhooked – this course is 100% mind over matter.
Once you’ve raced through Thriller you’ll be ready to test yourself in every sense of the word. Aventura does a great job of that but if you’re short on time (or looking to escape the sun, as we were) then head straight over to the Extreme course.
Aptly named, the most difficult course at Aventura is just as high as Thriller but also offers a massive physical challenge.
Seriously – this course is not messing around.
From wobbly rock-climbing walls to a 25 metre Tarzan jump. Swinging cargo nets to pegs barely big enough to fit your feet on. This is a course that will challenge every muscle in your body. It’s hard work whilst still being tremendous fun – just make sure you skip arms at the gym the day before if you want any chance of making it through!
Though we came off the course with aching muscles and dripping from a number of hours under the hot sun, it was hard to wipe the smiles from our messy, wind-swept faces.
Next time you’re lining up a trip to the mall, why not opt for something different and head to Aventura to soak up a gorgeous Arabian sunset instead?
After all, the mall’s not going anywhere!
Weekdays: Open from 2.30pm until 7.00pm
Weekends: From 8.30am until 10.00am (last briefing) + from 2.30pm until 7.00pm.
Summer timings are from April until end of June 2017.
Stay tuned to Aventura for their special evening sessions, running 7.00pm to 10.00pm.
Thank you to Aventura and Tish Tash for inviting us along to review Aventura. As always all thoughts are our own.
We suggest you take advantage of the new summer hours to keep out of Dubai’s crazy summer heat – we visited around midday and instantly wished we’d booked later in the day!