With its towering skyscrapers, fast cars and glitz and glam, one could be forgiven for thinking Dubai’s limited in what it offers the more adventurous travellers amongst us. In reality though, nothing could be further from the truth!
Join us as we explore the best places to head in Dubai if you’re looking for a break from the high-life and a taste of adventure…
Escape Rooms – Phobia
In the past we’ve shared with you our love of escape rooms and, unsurprisingly, in a city where everything is bigger and better, these guys have rooms to match! With two different sites in Dubai and a range of cutting-edge rooms on offer, Phobia are leading the way when it comes to escape rooms in the UAE.
We attempted to find our way out of their ‘Vault‘ room and though it was challenging, it was a heck of a lot of fun!
Set in the middle of a nuclear zombie apocalypse, players are challenged with overriding the bunker systems in a bid to escape before the oxygen in the room runs out – sure, once you’re out safely you’ll potentially be confronted with a world full of zombies but what can you do?
The danger may be staged but the challenge and fun is 100% real!
Hot Air Ballooning with a Twist – Platinum Heritage
Perhaps one of the most surprising adrenaline rushes we’ve ever had was experienced whilst hot air ballooning in Luxor and though we didn’t find the time to head up with Platinum Heritage, the experience remains top of our Dubai wish-list.
They’ll whisk you away into the depths of Dubai’s desert and allow you to take to the skies alongside their majestic falcons, before finishing up your morning with an incredibly luxury breakfast and dune bashing in 1950s Landrovers.
Without doubt, a once in a lifetime experience in the desert.
High Ropes – Aventura
Rising from the sand, in between the ghaf trees, Aventura is a high ropes course that offers something for everyone. From simple courses for young children (and those a feeling a little less adventurous) to those that will challenge even the bravest of adventurers, it’s worth kitting up and getting active outside in Dubai.
Safety is paramount at Aventura where they employ a fail-safe carabiner system – this means you can take to the course without any concerns for your safety.
Maximum fun, minimum fuss!
The Largest Inflatable Park in the World – Aqua Fun
Dubai is hot. The ocean is marginally less hot, but hey, sometimes that’s the best you can hope for in the UAE!
Within easy reach of JBR, our favourite Dubai beach, you’ll find Aqua Fun – the world’s largest inflatable park. Backdrops for fun just don’t get better!
Water Parks – Waterslides for the Bravest of the Brave – Aquaventure
Dubai provides adventurous visitors with two main waterparks – Aquaventure and Wild Wadi and though both are potentially worth a visit, one of them stands head-and-shoulders above the other.
It’s a big call but Aquaventure would easily be the best waterpark we’ve ever visited and, we believe, up there as one of the best in the world.
Sky Diving – Skydive Dubai
There’s really no rush that compares to your first skydive and where better to do it than over the iconic Palm?
With incredible views of the Arabian Gulf and well-known sights including the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis, jump sites really don’t get more impressive than this!
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Hyper Reality – The Void
If you’re looking for some uniquely-Dubai fun, head along to The Void at JBR for a futuristic virtual-reality experience.
With proton guns on high-alert and a computer-animated world all around you, this glimpse into the future of video games is a must-try activity in the city of the future.
Speedboat Sightseeing – Xclusive Tours
If you’re new to the city or are wanting to show guests around, a speedboat trip out around The Palm ticks all the soft-adventure boxes whilst showing off some of the best parts of Dubai.
The boats are zippy but stable and as you race around the key Palm landmarks, your skipper will fill you in on all of the facts and figures involved in constructing this man-made marvel. It’s a wonder of engineering and definitely worth seeing up close.
Theme Park Fun – IMG Worlds of Adventure & Dubai Parks and Resorts
Though not quite up to the same standard of theme parks in the United States and Europe, Dubai’s had a good go at building exciting parks, aimed at keeping the whole family entertained.
IMG is the largest indoor theme park in the world, providing a welcome respite from the Arabian sun, whilst Dubai Parks and Resorts is the newest player in the city and largely based outdoors.
Dubai has a lot to offer visitors, entertaining tourists far beyond the shopping malls and tall buildings for which the city is known. From a gentle introduction to adventure, through to excitement for the biggest adrenaline junkies, Dubai’s just the ticket.
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