It’s time to get comfortable as the mercury is fast dipping. Don your sporty outfits to pump in adrenaline with a slew of outdoor thrill and fun-inducing activities. Remember, UAE has lots to offer!


1. Revel in an aerial adventure at Aventura Parks

Invoke your inner Tarzan on this 35,000 square metre adventurous playground. The aerial assault course has around 80 activities, most of which involve dangling, balancing and swinging at swooning heights. Zip-lines, rope walks and high-rise swings are all featured with varying degrees of difficulty. The park also specializes in team building workshops for individuals and corporates.  Some of the new additions this season include Leap of Faith, Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course and Birthday Parties.

  • Where- Mushrif Park, Dubai
  • How much- AED 185 per adult (online bookings advised for discounted rates)


2. Indulge at Cedr Trailers Resort

How’s it to be woken up by the magnificence of the Hajar Mountains and ending the day with blissful, starry nights? Surrounded by acres of tranquility and seclusion, Cedr Trailers Resort offers nature time like none other, where a cozy trailer is your home  characterized by utmost privacy. An extraordinary and novice way of being with the great outdoors, this 2-star accommodation comes with private balconies, terrace and barbecue facilities, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, and a private bathroom. Guest rooms in Hatta Cedr Trailers Resort are equipped with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. The area is popular for hiking and cycling and bike hire is readily available.

  • Where- Hatta
  • How much- AED 775 for double room


3. Chill at The Retreat Camp

The Retreat Camp features a number of luxurious en-suite tents designed with heritage-related amenities. Set in tranquil settings and lush greenery, The Retreat Camp is a green oasis surrounded by mountains just few steps away from the ocean. With special focus on sustainability, indigenous plants have been used to beautify the surroundings. Beautiful outdoor furniture and lovely ambiance make this resort very inviting. Kiri trees, the fastest growing tree in the world, have been planted in abundance which is another concrete step to promote sustainability and govt’s eco -friendly promotion.

  • Where – Fujairah
  • How much- Approx AED 1400 for double room


4. Get adventurous with The Challenging Adventure

This British Outdoor Adventure Activity Provider in UAE & overseas will help you try out host of adventure activities from rock climbing, treasure hunt, archery, kayaking and many more while embracing the great outdoors.  A true escapade from city life, its beautiful site in the heart of the Hajar mountains in Ras al Khaimah is the only site of its kind in UAE for kids and adults. Relax in one of the natural hot spring pools followed by a night around a real campfire where you can toast marshmallows before retreating to villa style tent for a well- earned rest.  If spending the night under the stars is not for you, then feel free to engage in day activities training under the guidance of experts.

  • Where- Ras Al Khaimah
  • How much- Prices starting AED 265 per adult


5. Fly over water through Fly boarding

One of the newest extreme sport to be added to UAE’s water sports portfolio is Fly boarding. It consists of a board with a hose that is attached to a jet ski engine. The engine pumps water out of the hose at a great force, allowing one to propel into the air at heights of up to 10 meters. While you’re in the air, the board can be maneuvered using hand controls or even distributing your weight accordingly. The arrangement lets you fly, Iron man Style!

  • Where-  Searide Dubai, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
  • How much- AED 300 per adult


6. Participate in Dubai’s Desert Warrior Challenge on Feb 14, 2020

Prepare for the dirt, rolling sand dunes and finish line cheers as Dubai’s Desert Warrior Challenge returns and it’s bringing back its grueling (but oh so fun!) 22 different obstacles. Covering a distance of 5km or 10km, warriors will be jogging around the lakes through set tracks, along with various obstacles that are both mentally and physically arduous – intended to push you truly out of your comfort zone. Some of the established obstacles include the evergreen favourite, The Beast and the humongous monster slide and the tricky 1/4 Pipe – the adrenaline-pumping final challenge. There’s also Claustrophobia, which will have runners crawl through a dark tunnel with water to wade through. Little ones from ages six and above can tackle a 1km or 2km course, with eight obstacles to get through.

  • Where- Al Qudra Lakes, Dubai
  • How much- Dhs330 for the 5km course with 12 obstacles
  • Dhs375 for the 10km course with 22 obstacles
  • Dhs99 for kids aged 6 and above


7. Kayak the mangroves

This expedition on the water offers both a strong workout and an opportunity to see the breadth of Abu Dhabi’s vast and varied ecological environment. Paddle the lush greenery of the mangroves to see turtles, snakes, fish, flamingos and varied bird life in general. Guides lead the self-paddle tours and explain ecological facts, while night tours in LED-light-bottomed boats offer a more ethereal experience

  • Where- Sea Hawk Water Sports & Adventures, Abu Dhabi
  • How much- AED 250 per adult

Written by:Bandana Jain
Photos: Bandana Jain

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this article was published in OutdoorUAE printed magazine issue #96 May 2019

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