Best 20 Fun & Adventure Activities to Do in Dubai Holidays | Tourism

Guide to Adventure and Fun Things to Do in Dubai

 Last Updated: 22 Jan, 2019 By

The first thing that pops up in my mind when thinking about Dubai is the golden sand and yes the skyscrapers. But that’s not only how Dubai is known to tourists. Along with the luxury holidayers, Dubai has also become one of the preferred destinations among the adventure seekers. So if Dubai which is one of the best holiday destinations in the world is on your mind to travel then I have prepared a list of activities that will help you pick the activities to take your holiday experience on another level. Get ready to enter the world of Indoor Skydive, underwater zoo, desert safaris and a lot more. So let’s get started and bookmark the fun and adventure activities that you would like to try during your tour in Dubai.

1. Enter the World of Illusions at Dubai Museum of Illusion


Are you the one who loves tricks and illusion? If yes, then you are going to experience it at Dubai’s Museum of Illusion (one of tourism places in Dubai) which is the world’s biggest museum which is now open at Al Seef. Entering the museum, you would see 8- interactive exhibits that include a vortex tunnel, rotating cylinder and Ames room, where you would be appearing to shrink or grow depending on your position. A view that you won’t believe but will leave you surprised by tricking your eyes and entertaining your mind. Here is when you are going to get the perfect kooky snap clicked for your Instagram.

2. Skydive Indoors at iFLY Dubai


Skydiving is a heart-racing outdoor sports activity for many and a passion for the adventurists who have the nerve to jump from an altitude of 4000 meters. But if you are looking for something to start with very small and less terrifying then head to the iFly Dubai in Mirdif City Center.

Considered to be the largest indoor adventurous activity in UAE, you would see an acrylic glass tunnel that gives an experience worth every penny. The activity is not just limited to the adults but even children above 4 who have the adventure zeal in their heart can try. The place remains crowded with enthusiastic people during the weekends so what I’ll suggest to visit the place during a weekday.

3. Dubai Camel Safari in the Arabian Desert


Planning to take a traditional camel convoy? Then Camel Desert Safari is the most authentic way to explore the Dubai desert. You’ll get to enjoy the 45-minute journey through the desert traces where you can also relish sunset falcon show in the dunes and get entertained with traditional Emirati dances and join in on a cultural drumming session. So when travelling to Dubai don’t miss out on this opportunity to get once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can spend a night revelling in the magic of the rich cultural heritage that Dubai has to offer.

4. Ditch the Expensive Boat Ride and Sail Sweet on Abra


If water activity is what you are looking for, then it’s time for you to take the Arabian Abra Ride which is also a popular mode of transport for locals as well as tourists. The reason why it is called Abra Ride is because of the use of small motorised taxis called Abras that has the ability to hold around 20 people at a time.

Fun thing about Abra Ride is that you get to sit facing the sides of the boat that would help you get a clear view of the gigantic skyscrapers. Or in other words, we can even say that if you are up to get a smooth and inexpensive city sightseeing tour then SailSweet on Abra would be an ideal and fun choice. You would get the ride from the two main routes across Dubai Creek – Deira route and the Bur Dubai route.

5. Witness the Best of Light & Sound Show at the Dubai Fountain


Ready to treat your eyes with something that appears to be very relaxing? Then you cannot escape from the compelling beauty and charisma of Dubai Fountain which is one of top tourist attractions in Dubai that provides an embellishing array of light, water and music. Located in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Fountain is the tallest performing fountain with water coming up to 500 feet in the air with soothing music of traditional Arabic or contemporary style that is visited by thousands of visitors every day.

Equipped with 6600 lights and 25 coloured projectors, the dancing fountain is the second largest choreographed fountain established on the huge man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. Also, the Dubai Fountain Lake boat ride is a fun activity that gives the visitors an amazing opportunity to watch the beauty of a rare combination of music, light and water together very closely. The beauty of the place is such that you won’t be able to stop yourself from gazing at it. Yes, the Dubai Fountain is one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai that shouldn’t be missed visiting.

6. Get a Unique Experience of Mountain Biking


Never heard about it? Well, yes one of the most unusual yet thrilling adventure sports in Dubai, mountain biking is an ideal choice for the adventurists looking for something different from the normative activities. So hold your breath and get ready to start biking from the Hatta Mountain which is an idyllic bike trail in Dubai. Biking at the Hatta Mountain you would come across the splendid views of the city that makes the routes easy to navigate and give you an opportunity for day sightseeing places. One thing that I like most about the trail is that it is opened throughout the year for 24 hours. The biking grade is easy to challenging, depending on the routes that you take.

7. Get thrilled by the Reef and Wreck Driving


As Dubai has many opportunities for the nerve-wracking adventures, trying out the reef and wreck diving would give you an entirely out of the world experience. So if you are up for the reef and wreck driving then one of the sites is Anchor Barge which is known to have sunk in the year 1998; and Mariam Express, which was a cargo ship that sunk in 2006. Both the sites offer an amazing experience and are visited by adventure lovers all throughout the year from across the globe.

8. Anticipate the Most Surreal View During the Hot Air Ballooning


How about soaring over the spectacular Dubai desert? I can imagine how the view would look like when seeing the barren desert from the top. When visiting Dubai, take the relaxing and peaceful hot air balloon ride that would help you witness some of the spectacular desert vistas and then return to the ground to celebrate the flight. The baskets have the ability to hold around 24 people in one go which is comfortable enough to take the whole tour. So if you are ready to take the hot air balloon ride then, take off from Al Ain Road in the area of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

9. Skydive Outdoor to witness the beautiful Dubai Skyline


What could be the better way to enjoy your Dubai Getaway than taking a giant leap through the sky? Yes, Skydiving Outdoors can be one of the best options to try out when in Dubai. Get ready to jump from an elevation of 4000 meters and push the adrenaline rushing in you. Experience the best view of the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab as you skydive. Taking the skydive tour would give you the bird’s eye view of the Dubai skyline. Not just this, but you can even experience a free fall for like about a minute and then enjoy the smooth descent as the parachute gets opened by your instructor. One thing to be kept in mind is if you are beginner then it could be quite challenging for you but nothing to worry about as the professional guides will be there to guide you.

10. Get an ultimate desert experience with Hummer Desert Safari


Being an adventure enthusiast if you don’t make it to the Hummer Desert Safari, then your trip to Dubai would be left incomplete. Don’t miss out the opportunity of taking the tour to the beautiful deserts in a monstrous hummer. Get a whiff of the ultimate adventure while you drive through the exciting and panoramic deserts of Dubai. The adventurous activity can be availed all throughout the year and can be done both in the day as well as night.

11. Enjoy Extreme Water Rides at Wild Wadi Water Rides


Get yourself to the Arabian Folklore theme amusement park if you want to get an adrenaline pumping adventure experience. Wild Wadi Water Park is a must visit place in Dubai as it offers 30 rides and attractions that are suitable for people of all age groups. Also for those, seeking for more thrill-filled experience, there are several adrenaline fuelled rides available in the park including the incredible Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj! Not just this, but the Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders offer the ultimate surfing experience to the adventure lovers. Both the activities are a blast and let one get a unique experience to remember forever.

12. Relish Rides at Iceland Water Park in Ras Al Khaimah


It is apparent that Dubai has a lot in case you are visitings with family and kids. You cannot miss visiting the famous Ice Land Water Park during your Dubai trip with your kids as it is an ideal spot for picnic. The park is a fun place featuring over 15 exciting rides along with sites for birthday celebrations, family pools, water park games and more. Visiting the place would satisfy the cravings of your inner child making you relive your childhood days. So get ready for a family vacation in Dubai and immerse in activities to do like rain dance, beal pools, snow river rides, and beach pools along with your kids.

13. Get Fascinated by the biggest underwater aquatic zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Located on level two above the aquarium tank, the underwater zoo allows you to discover the 40 different display tanks and amazing aquatic animals. Visiting the zoo you would witness that the place comprises three different ecosystems i.e., Living Oceans, Rocky Shore and Rainforest. You can make the most out of your visit to the underwater aquatic zoo by spotting fascinating creatures like Lionfish, Piranha, Giant Spider Crabs, Otters, Humboldt Penguin, African Dwarf Crocodile and more. Other than this, the aquatic zoo is a home to around 140 species of thousands of interesting aquatic animals. Also,the tank boasts the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. So get ready to get lost amidst a variety of species and off course the beauty of the biggest underwater aquatic zoo.

14. Indulge in a Fun Dubai Dolphinarium Activity


Spend quality time watching the performances of the most friendly and highly intelligent bottlenose dolphins. Being one of the most fascinating and unique indoor attractions in Dubai, Dubai Dolphinarium offers a variety of shows featuring adorable dolphins, skilled birds and playful seals which is sure to amaze you and give you an experience for a lifetime. So get ready to be captivated with one of the most exotic birds in UAE, get your next profile picture clicked with the pretty seals, dive into the pool to get an unforgettable experience. Last but not the least, the Dubai Dolphinarium will give you an opportunity to kiss, hug, dance, sing, play with the most lovable creatures of the ocean.

15. Engage Yourself in Sand Boarding


Yes, sand boarding which is yet another adventurous activity to try in Dubai. Once you are all set to get indulged in the activity you would be asked to hop in a Hummer and drive through the sandy acres. Although the activity can be availed anytime of the year unless the weather decides to play a spoilsport. The grade of sand boarding is from easy to moderate, so for the beginners there is no need to worry.

16. Falconry Safari into the Wilderness


Dubai being an epicenter of falconry and a wonderful place to witness the skill of falconers and their trained birds, gives one the opportunity to get an unforgettable experience by getting photographs clicked with Falconry- Birds of Prey. You’ll get to enjoy Safari Guide and Falconer (and accompanying falcon) to get a lifetime experience into the heart of the desert outside Dubai. Taking up this on your trip to Dubai, you’ll come across wildlife on this relaxed drive which would be an amazing opportunity to make this ideal family outing.

17. Visit the Ferrari Branded Theme Park


How about visiting the fast and furious amusement park in Abu Dhabi? Yes, recorded for the largest space frame structure ever built, the Ferrari World in Dubai is the first Ferrari branded theme park housing the Turbo Track, the Ferrari Store, Karting Academy, The Mamma Rossella, The Junior Grand Prix, The Mamma Rossella, The Formula Rossa, The Flying Aces, and what not! Entering the Ferrari World you would find yourself in a totally different world and the place has its own adventure to offer. So, get ready to twist and turn yourself upside down on the highest loop to the fastest rollercoaster in the world. The fantastic rides in the Ferrari branded theme park is designed to let you have a thrilling experience. Also, don’t miss out on attending the La Pizza Show which is guaranteed to bring smile on your face as you get to see the street performers rule the stage in their own style.

18. Shop from Amazing Brands


It won’t be wrong if I say Dubai is a synonym of shopping. To be very honest there is nothing that you won’t find in Dubai to shop. Right from gold to electronics, designer labels to luxury items, Dubai is packed with huge shopping malls along with old souks where the shopkeepers sell everything from spices to clothing to carpets and rugs. Products in Dubai are available from across the globe including Turkey, Iran, India and China. Some of the famous places to go shopping in Dubai are Deira Gold Souk, Dubai Shopping Mall, Al-Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai Souk, Karama Shopping Center, Wafi Mall and more.

19. Get the Novel Experience at the Dhow Cruise


Make the most out of your sightseeing tour in Dubai by hopping on the traditional Dhow that offers magical views, exquisite dining, and luxury accommodations. A dream like dinner that you must have ever thought is now at the Dhow Cruise where you could sit under the fascinating lights of Dubai Creek with Music and Tanura Dance show. Sitting on the cruise, enjoy the magnificent views, see the heritage of the city, feast on the dishes from the buffet, admire the city lights, and dance on Arabian style music on this stunning Dubai Creek cruise. This is perhaps one of the best things to do in Dubai that lets you relish the cooling evening breezes. Other than this Dhows have been used to carry both people and cargo along the coasts in the region and this practice is still being done for the same purpose.

20. Try Out the Exhilarating Dune Bashing


Being one of the popular extreme sports in Dubai, Dune bashing makes one feel excited as it comes down crashing down the slopes of the sand dunes. To make the most out of the dune bashing experience in Dubai consider going for the morning session or the evening session that would give you an opportunity to enjoy a scrumptious barbecued dinner with Arabian coffee. Also, you will get the opportunity to watch the mesmerising sun setting in the horizon in the desert. So try dune bashing that is known as a sport unique in the region. Apart from this, the campsite is even popular as a honeymoon spot for those coming to Dubai for their honeymoon.

With this, I would like to wrap up the blog, the list of fun-filled activities that I have mentioned above is a sample of what Dubai has to offer. The city has a lot to proffer to the people living here as well as tourists visiting Dubai across the globe. I hope the list would help you pick up the activities that you can enjoy doing in Dubai with your friends, family or even solo.

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Published: 18 Dec, 2018By
Tags: Dubai Tours

About the author

Swati Mishra

Born and brought up in Assam- ‘The Land of Tea Gardens’, Swati is a Travel Writer who yearns to travel around the whole world someday. Coming from one of lush-green and peaceful states of India, her love for nature and rain is beyond imagination. She is an observant and is keen to explore more about the things that comes her way which could be clearly seen in her write ups. Other than this, she is a foodie and can do anything for food that is made out of cheese especially- The Alfredo Penne Pasta!


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