The Dubai Municipality in the United Arab Emirates is on the Persian Gulf and one of the most attractive places within the Middle East in terms of both its economy and tourism. Despite a well-publicised struggle through the recent financial crisis, Dubai has once again risen to regain its place as one of the most interesting places in the world to visit. In addition to boasting some of the most innovative architecture in the world, Dubai also offers exciting activities far away from the hubbub of city life.
Quad biking and sandboarding
Quad biking is the perfect way to enjoy the seclusion of the surrounding desert on a trip to Dubai. Sit astride a powerful 4×4 bike and set off over the sand dunes. It’s essential to take a pair of goggles or sunglasses as the endless stretches of dunes can throw up a lot of sand.
For those who fancy something a little different in the same location, there is sandboarding. The beauty of these activities is that no previous experience is required – they can both be learned in minutes.
From sandboarding to skiing. Yes, it may seem like a strange activity for the desert, but Dubai boasts an incredible indoor ski complex. With real snow all year round, Ski Dubai offers up five runs with varying grades of difficulty – the longest covers 400 metres, with a drop of 60 metres in height. The complex also has the world’s first indoor black run for those with more experience. Additionally, the interactive Snow Park is the largest in the world, covering 3,000 square metres. Visitors can rent all required clothing and ski equipment.
Abra boat trip
For those who fancy a more leisurely activity, an abra boat trip in Dubai Creek is perfect. An abra is a traditional wooden boat, which offers a very cheap way of experiencing the real Dubai. A trip on one of these will reveal the sights and sounds of old Dubai, with a chance to see the dhows and souks along the way. Abras operate around the clock, departing every few minutes from the main dock.
Hot air balloon
Finally, how does an early morning hot air balloon trip sound? Experience a genuine magic carpet trip across the desert oases and breathtaking scenery. It’s possible to see Dubai as it’s rarely seen, riding high above the cityscape and floating for an hour’s journey. The trip departs from a desert oasis, about an hour from Dubai, and you will receive a personalised flight certificate on completion.
Whatever the choice of the curious traveller, there’s an activity to fit the bill in Dubai.