Enjoy These Great Outdoor Activities in Dubai

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Check Out These Five Exciting Outdoor Activities in Dubai 

Dubai is a thriving city known for its incredible skyline which includes the tallest building the world, the Burj Khalifa, and other breath-taking views. But that’s not all this incredibly lively and innovative city has to offer to both travelers and locals. There are some exciting Outdoor Activities in Dubai for the entire family to enjoy!

Dubai’s outdoor activity scene is flourishing, offering exotic adventures for anyone who dares take to the sky, desert or sea.

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Outdoor Activities in Dubai

There are an array of beach resorts offering the best water sports, and an interesting landscape offering 4×4 tours you’ll never forget. In this article we are going to look at five outdoor exciting and fun activities you can take part in while you’re on holiday in Dubai.

Outdoor Activities in Dubai – Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Dubai

Dubai’s landscape consists of more than just skyscrapers and sand dunes, believe it or not. Most mountain bikers have already wised up to the rocky slopes Dubai has to offer, including the Hajar Mountains which run east of the city through Ras al-Khaimah emirate and Oman.

You will find an array of big-time trails worth tackling in Dubai, with steep climbs and rough ground ideal for mountain biking. An organization of expat mountain bikers called Hot Cog helped find seventy kilometers of track around the Showka area which includes trails, Wadi beds and animal paths.

While riding these tracks you’re sure to be accompanied by wild donkeys, mountain goats, and lizards along the way.

It’s worth noting that these tracks are not for the faint of heart and would suit advanced mountain bikers best, as they offer a real challenge to more experienced riders.  For novice riders who want to give the sport a go, the Dubikers group would be a more suitable option as they have a variety of rides, some of which are perfect for new riders wanting to build their confidence and improve in the sport.

Outdoor Activities in Dubai – Camping in the Desert

Overnight Safari Dubai

There are a variety of campsites scattered around Dubai that provide the perfect camping experience. But why spend your weekend in a crowded campsite when you can camp in Dubai’s desert instead? Beyond the city’s bright lights, the desert can be seen as one giant campsite – minus the washroom facilities, that is. Shwaib, which can be found off the Dubai to Hatta road, is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike.

Shwaib is only a couple of hours away from the city, and once there you can set up your campsite between sand dunes.

While camping in the desert you can BBQ, star gaze, and explore the Wadi beds and mountains by 4×4 or sand-boarding. If you’re wondering how you are going to camp without having any gear, the good news is – you have options. There are companies that lead guided camping safaris and who rent out equipment to tourists wanting to spend a night or two under the stars, depending on the kind of experience you wish to have.

Outdoor Activities in Dubai – Wreck Diving

Wreck Diving in Dubai

There are not many reefs along Dubai’s sandy coastline, however there are a variety of amazing wreck dives situated a few miles away from the shore worth climbing into a wet suit for. The Anchor Barge sank in 1998 and forms an artificial coral-coated reef that is 25 metres deep. This wreck dive is a popular hangout for colour-changing cuttlefish. As well and close to Anchor Barge is Mariam Express, a cargo ship that sunk in 2006.

If you’re looking to see more, you can take the 90-minute drive from Dubai to the Gulf of Oman which is off the Arabian Peninsula’s eastern shores. Many hotels and beach resorts offer day trips for tourists looking to dive in the warmer waters and experience the abundance of reefs and islands.

Here you are likely to catch sight of black-tipped sharks, parrot fish, turtles, and much more.

Outdoor Activities in Dubai – Climbing and Walking Trails

Hiking in Dubai

Pack your best walking shoes, it’s time to explore Dubai by foot! If you’re a big fan of walking, you’ll be glad to know that it’s grown in popularity in the area over the last few years. There are new routes being discovered every year and existing routes being developed by a small but dedicated group of climbers and adventure operators.

This means that the routes are safe and well maintained.

If you’re more into climbing, the Hajar Mountains which are 3050 meters tall, offer climbers a range of challenges, including 3 000-foot routes up to Jebel Misht. There are also smaller and shorter climbs as well, and bouldering opportunities that should not been missed.  This meaning there are climbing paths to suit most every experience level.

Outdoor Activities in Dubai – Off Roading

Dune Riding in Dubai

Take to the gravel plains, sand dunes and Wadi beds from the comfort of a 4×4 in an off-road adventure you will never forget! There are a number of tourist groups, hotels, and beach resorts who provide visitors with a day full of stomach-churning dune bashing – prepare to hold on very tightly!

Normally lasting a couple of hours, you will race up and skid down steep sand dunes, all of which will surely get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping! You can even take the wheel of a 4×4 yourself, with plenty of well thought-out resources readily available for you to take to the rocky trails, Wadi beds and winding tracks aided by a trusty GPS.

Sports and outdoor activities are playing a bigger role in Dubai than ever before. Dubai has a huge variety of options for everyone, meaning it’s the perfect place for active tourists looking for a destination where they can indulge in their favorite sport, or try something new and just keep active when traveling!


Ibtisaam is a self-diagnosed wanderlust with a healthy obsession for travelling the globe. You can find her ticking off her bucket list of places to go when she is not on the lookout for the comfiest hotel suites from Dubai all the way to Buenos Aires.

I hope you enjoyed this guest post prepared by Ibtisaam and it gets you as excited as I am to travel to and experience all the outdoor activities Dubai has to offer!

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