Top 10 Must-try Adventure Activities in Dubai – Perfect Guide

Sightseeing is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Dubai holiday. After all, there are so many amazing places to see in the city. However, you do not have to spend your entire time checking out the iconic locations of the place. On the other hand, it is possible to indulge in some fun as well as extreme adventures in the city of Dubai. In fact, one can safely say that Dubai is a haven for adventure lovers. If you have never imagined Dubai to be the perfect place for an adventurous holiday, here are the best

adventure activities in Dubai

that you should know about.

1. Sky Diving


One of the most extreme adventure activities you can enjoy here is sky diving. Sky diving in Dubai can be done at Palm Jumeriah as well as in the desert, where the former is the most popular. You do not need any special training to go sky diving, as beginners would be accompanied by instructors while jumping. Apart from the thrill of jumping 14000 meters above sea level, the aerial view of the city makes it all worth it!

Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM

Location: Palm Jumeirah or Dubai Desert Drop Zone

Ticket: AED 1499 to AED 1699

Rules and Regulations

  • The minimum age for sky diving is 12 years. Kids between the age of 12 years and 17 years should present a signed consent from the parents.
  • The maximum weight limit for women is 90 kg and for men is 100 kg,
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2. Indoor Sky Diving indoor skydiving dubai

If you think you are not ready for the real thing, Dubai also offers indoor sky diving at iFly. iFly has a temperature-controlled wind tunnel (which is the largest in the world), which is used for sky diving and even bungee jumping. When you enter the tunnel, you are propelled with the help of a column of vertical wind, giving you a similar feel as sky diving. While sky diving can only by adults, indoor sky diving can be enjoyed by kids as well.

Timings: 12 PM to 10 PM (Sunday to Wednesday), 12 PM to 11 PM (Thursday) and 10 AM to 11

PM (Friday and Saturday)

Location: 3rd floor, Play Nation Area, City Centre Mirdif-Gharoob, Dubai, UAE

Ticket: AED 230

Rules and Regulations

  • Anyone above the age of 3 years can go skydiving at iFly Dubai.
  • The maximum weight limit for indoor sky diving is 115 kg.
  • Pregnant women are not allowed to try this activity.

3. Desert Adventures

desert adventures

The desert safari is one of the best things to do in Dubai. It is also here that you would get to enjoy some fun adventures. Topping the list is dune bashing, where you ride a 4×4 vehicle that smashes into small and large sand dunes. Apart from this, there is quad biking where you ride an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) on the sand dunes. Then there is sandboarding, which is similar to snowboarding, but on the sand. Finally, there is camel riding, which gives you the experience of riding a camel in the desert, just like the Arabs did in the past.

Timings: Depends on whether you choose morning or evening desert safari

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Location: Dubai Conservatory Region

Ticket: AED 300

Rules and Regulations:

  • Always listen to the instructor before trying any adventure at the desert
  • Fasten your seatbelts before going for dune bashing.
  • Pregnant women, children under the age of 5 and people with chronic back problems should avoid desert adventures.
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4. Helicopter Tour

helicopter tour dubai

A helicopter tour combines adventure with sightseeing. During your helicopter tour in Dubai, you would get to see all the iconic locations of the city. The best thing is that you get an aerial view of the entire city and you would get to see the amazing structures of the city more closely. Also, you do not have the traffic that comes with regular sightseeing. Moreover, the thrill of riding on a helicopter makes it all the more interesting.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM

Location: Dubai Police Academy, Al Sufouh, Near Madinat Souk, Dubai

Ticket: AED 665

Rules and Regulations

  • You cannot smoke, drink or eat onboard.
  • Pregnant women over 32 weeks and children under the age of 2 years are not allowed onboard.

5. Flyboarding


Another super adventurous activity where you get the chance to fly in the air is flyboarding. Here, you are propelled 3 meters up in the air by a water propulsion device that you are attached to. Once in the air, you can move by balancing or with the help of hand controls. While flyboarding may look simple, it does take a few tries before you can maneuver it expertly. If you love water sports, this is surely something that you would enjoy.

Timings: 10 AM

Location: Hydro Water Sports JBR, JBR Beach, Dubai, UAE

Ticket: AED 350

Rules and Regulations

  • People who want to try flyboarding should know how to swim or at least tread water.
  • You have to be of a minimum of 10 years of age to go flyboarding.
  • People between the age of 10 years and 18 years should be accompanied by their parents.

6. Shark Diving

shark diving

Shark diving is a popular activity offered at the Dubai Mall Aquarium. Here, you get to dive into the tank and swim as well as feed one of the greatest predators under the sea, the sharks with their 750 pounds of muscle and around 300 razor-sharp teeth. However, there is nothing to fear, as this is a safe activity, and experts would accompany you. Moreover, the sharks at the aquarium are quite friendly.

Timings: 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM

Location: Dubai Mall Aquarium, Downtown Dubai, UAE

Ticket: AED 750

Rules and Regulations

  • Participants should be above the age of 10 years.
  • Those who have never gone scuba diving would have to undergo a short diving course.

7. Reef and Wreck Diving

If you think that shark diving is not your thing, reef and wreck diving may interest you. Dubai has a few spots where you can go for this type of diving. One of the spots is where Anchor Barge sunk in the year 1998 and the second place is where a cargo ship named Mariam Express sunk in 2006. The experience of going for a reef and wreck diving is surely unique. Moreover, you get to see some interesting marine life during the dive.

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Timings: Depends on the location you choose

Location: Depends on the dive you choose

Ticket: AED 360 (approximate)

Rules and Regulations

  • If you are someone between the age f 10 years and 17 years should have signed medical liability from parents.
  • You must not travel by flight for 18 hours after diving.

8. Hot Air Balloon Ride

hot air balloon ride

If you want to enjoy an adventurous ride over the desert dunes without the adrenaline rush, the hot air balloon ride is for you. The best time to go for a hot air balloon ride is early in the morning as you get to enjoy the beautiful dawn and at the same time the glorious sunrise of the desert. Moreover, if you are lucky, you would also be able to see the animals of the desert, which is generally not possible during a regular desert safari.

Timings: 4:30 AM

Location: Dubai Desert

Ticket: AED 1255

Rules and Regulations

  • Do not carry heavy luggage or backpacks aboard the basket.
  • You cannot carry alcohol, lighter, knife, gun and professional camera onboard.

9. Ziplining

ziplining dubai

Dubai is home to the longest urban zipline in the world, which is located in Dubai Marina. Apart from being the longest zipline, XLine is also the fastest and the steepest zipline in the world. The zipline measures 1 km with a 16o incline, on which you can travel at the speed of 80 km/Hour. While there is surely a thrill of going so fast high up in the air, you also get an aerial view of the glitzy and glamorous Dubai Marina neighborhood.

Timings: 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: Level P, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, UAE

Ticket: AED 650

Rules and Regulations

  • The minimum age requirement for this activity is 12 years and the maximum is 65 years.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Do not wear dresses, skirts, heels or flip-flops while ziplining
  • You should not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while ziplining.

10. IMG Worlds of Adventure

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If you want to get lost in a world of imagination, adventure, and thrill for a few hours, the IMG Worlds of Adventure would be the right place for you. Known to be the largest indoor theme park in the world, it is spread around 1.5 million square feet area. The park is divided into zones like Marvel, Cartoon Network, Dinosaur World, etc. You would be able to enjoy thrilling rides, roller-coasters, live shows, performances, etc. based on these themes.

Timings: 11 AM to 8 PM (Saturday to Wednesday) and 11 AM to 10 PM (Thursday and Friday)

Location: E211, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, City of Arabia, Dubai

Ticket: AED 299

Rules and Regulations

  • Children under the age of 12 years should be accompanied by an adult above the age of 16 years.
  • The person who is intoxicated with alcohol consumption or who is in possession of alcohol would be denied entry or asked to leave the premises.


With so many adventure activities available in Dubai, your vacation in Dubai would be nothing less than an adrenaline-filled one. You can book most of these activities online to save both time and money.

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