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Best Adventure and Outdoor Activities in Dubai

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While Dubai is a shopper's paradise, it also presents itself as a playground for adults. With an array of options for thrill seekers, nature lovers, and recreational sport enthusiasts alike, Dubai allows visitors to embrace their adventurous side, and do it in style! Its many amusement parks and themed attractions make Dubai a go-to destination for families as well.


Jumeirah Beach

Some of Dubai's prettiest beaches are located along the Jumeirah strip. This long stretch of beach is lined with palm trees and has plenty of lifeguards on duty. Jumeirah Beach is especially appealing to women, as here they have their own designated days to bask in the hot sun. Next to the beach is the Jumeirah Park, which provides a nice break from the sun and sand to eat lunch or gather with friends. A perfect spot to play some outdoor games, dip into the salty waters and just gaze at the marvel that is Dubai.

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Buggy Adventures

A trip to Dubai would be incomplete without a desert safari. The striking highlight of these safaris are the dune buggies that are customized to traverse on Dubai's desert landscapes. Well-maintained and replete with comfortable seats as well as all safety essentials, these buggies make for an unforgettable adventure. Buggy Adventures specialize in tours on these amazing contraptions. On offer here are exciting tours that meet the requirements of a wide demographic of tourists - whether you're traveling with family, with kids or on your own - they have hand-picked tours that everyone can enjoy. These buggy excursions last for varied amounts of time and assure hours of fun exploring the enigmatic dunes of Dubai.

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Al Mamzar Beach Park

Spread over 106 hectares (261.93 acres) of land area, the Al Mamzar Park is an ideal spot for recreation. Offering comfortable vantage points from where visitors can bask in the lovely views of the shimmering water, this park also contains a plethora of other attractions which will keep beach-goers busy. The sandy sweeps are interspersed with playgrounds for children, a swimming pool, and quaint picnic spots. Adrenaline and thrill seekers can be seen frolicking with sea waves and relishing watersports. Luxurious chalets are available for renting and the special barbecue areas are ideal for a sunny barbecue picnic. The park's amphitheater is known to host some of the best musical evenings in Dubai. A scenic train through the park allows visitors to survey all the interesting points and enjoy excellent views of the blue waters.

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Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Since its establishment in 2006, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club has become one of the most popular equestrian venues in Dubai. Whether it is polo you're interested in, horse riding in the desert or simply a day out with the family, this club has all the provisions to keep you completely entertained. The riding academy on-site is the ideal place to learn the ropes or perfect your show-jumping skills.

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Mushrif Equestrian Club

Mushrif Equestrian Club is one of the best places in town if you love horses. Set in the beautiful Mushrif Park, this club's stable features 50 horses who are lovingly taken care of. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will enjoy riding on these majestic animals and the scenic landscape. Riding lessons are provided by skilled trainers for all ages. It is a wonderful outing with family and friends.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

Have an adventure at IMG Worlds of Adventure! This family-friendly indoor theme park is one of the largest in the world. Bring out your inner child at this park, loosen up and jump right into the action with a number of different rides, activities and shows to keep you entertained. The park is split into different themes so you can hang out with superheroes, walk with dinosaurs, or watch as your favorite cartoon TV shows come to life. When all of the fun and games get your tired, make your way to one of the themed eateries and enjoy a scrumptious meal in a near-fantasy world. There's a wide range of entertainment, including rollercoasters and shopping for the whole family, so you can be assured of nothing short of a magical experience.

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Wild Wadi Waterpark

The Wild Wadi Waterpark is a popular tourist destination in Dubai. Offering a refreshing respite from Dubai's heat, this water park has many exciting rides to entertain visitors of all ages. The theme of the park is inspired by Juha, a character in Arabian folklore. It features many breath-taking rides like the Jumeirah Sceirah Slide, Tantrum Alley and Flood River. From leisurely rivers to exhilarating slides, the park has got something for everyone. It is also home to the Breaker's Bay- one of the largest wave pools in the Middle East. Wild Wadi has trained lifeguards on duty at any given time to ensure its patrons' well-being. Admission rates differ according to the height of the visitor.

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Bollywood Parks Dubai

Dubai borrows from Mumbai's exhilarating Bollywood culture and transforms it into a full-fledged bonanza, replete with every expression that Indian cinema stands for. A sprawling area in Dubai's Jebel Ali, Bollywood Parks Dubai boasts of five themed zones that celebrate all the zany aspects that thrill people about the film industry. The only park of its kind in the whole world, it has everything from movie-themed rides, to live, Bollywood-style dance performances, awe-inspiring stunt shows, colorful cafes and thriving Mumbai-inspired boulevards. All these experiences makes it a memorable visit for every theme park lover and Hindi movie connoisseur.

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Ski Dubai

A man-made wonder equipped to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience, Ski Dubai features some of the best attractions and offers a plethora of activities to entertain avid participants. Artificial snow and skiing activities have been specifically designed for visitors to enjoy the magic of winter indoors! Prior experience notwithstanding, visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing at Ski Dubai. A colony of King and Gentoo penguins resides within the freezing confines of the site, and visitors can admire them as they conduct their daily march through the Snow Park under the expert eye of their caretakers. Venues are also available for personal events and kids' parties. Shopping and food enthusiasts will also be pleased with the Snow Pro retail shop and cafés on the premises. Simply unmissable, snow skiing in the desert climes of the Emirates is one of the most unique experiences.

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Motiongate Dubai

With interactive shows and rides that make you scream in delight, Motiongate Dubai is a world in itself. One of the largest amusement parks in the country, it is divided into various fun zones. To witness the zombie apocalypse firsthand, you can enter the Zombieland Blast-Off, and kids will love to take the enthralling roller coaster ride to the Smurfs Village, Smurf Berry Factory or an exciting river expedition alongside Cloudy, with a chance of a mind-blowing adventure! Other exciting attractions include the spooky Hotel Transylvania, Kung Fu Panda Academy, and a tour to Camp Viking. The fantasy worlds created by Dreamworks and Lionsgate are simply out of this world and can rival major theme parks around the globe. With so much to do, Motiongate makes for a fantastic family outing idea.

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Legoland® Dubai

Gear up for some adrenaline-inducing fun at the expansive Legoland® Dubai. Featuring a plethora of attractions which thrill kids and adults alike, the amusement park was established in 2016, and since then has served as one of the most exciting recreational destinations in the city. Drop by with the family, and watch as the kids find something to delight the adventurers in them. Embark on informative tours to gain a deeper insight into the making of Lego bricks, hop into a boat and cruise along the water, or test your courage by going for a spin on exhilarating roller coasters. After a day of adventurous excursions, you can refuel your energy at one of the many cafes and restaurants located within the premises.

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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Dubai Creek area, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is home to several species of fauna and flora. A scenic natural reserve, the sanctuary's landscape is characterized by picturesque lagoons, mangroves, mudflats, shrublands, and more, and it serves as a delightful locale for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors to the reserve can take a closer look at this pristine environment from one of the three bird-viewing stations. Counted among the few urban protected areas of the world, a visit to this unique wildlife sanctuary is a must when in Dubai.

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