Dubai is well-known for it’s luxuries, for the fancy hotels and the expensive cars. If you have enough of relaxing on the beach and in the spas there’s also another side to Dubai. Adrenaline junkies won’t get enough of this desert city.
It’s like flying but with the help of water. The Flyboard is a board that is hooked up to a jet ski and it is propelled by a water jet stream. It’s almost like Marty McFly’s hoverboard. But only almost. The board will boost you up to 10 meters into the air but it is harder than it looks. And falling from a flyboard from 10 meters hurts quite a bit. If you get the hang of it you can even enjoy the beautiful Dubai Skyline while hovering 10 meters above the sea.
You can book your Flyboard experience at SeaRide Dubai and it’s about 300 AED.
Skydiving is spectacular. Skydiving in Dubai cannot be described with words. Dubai is probably the best skydiving location with a unique view. Skydive Dubai offers a lot of experiences, from a skydiving school to tandem jumps. Doing a tandem jump over the Palm Jumeirah was one of the best things I’ve ever done. You won’t find any other skydive location in the world that comes close to Dubai. Very nice is that there is a cameraman jumping with you to get photos and videos and you can take these home on a USB stick later so you can share your crazy experience with all your friends.
At AED 1’999 ($544) it’s once again not cheap. But it was worth it because nothing comes even close to skydiving.
This won’t get your heart racing as jumping out a plane does but it sure is fun. There are two water parks in Dubai, Atlantis The Palm which is located on the Palm Jumeirah and Wild Wadi Waterpark, located at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. I have only been to Atlantis but from what I’ve heard the parks are similar. You can reach Atlantis either by car or the monorail. The park has a ton of slides including one that let’s you fall through a trap door. Obviously, that ride was closed when I was there :(.
Pro tip: BRING SLIPPERS! On a hot day the ground can get extremely hot and you have to run from grass patch to gross patch to not burn your feet. I walked around bare foot all day and it hurt like hell.
With a fee of AED 260 (Around $70) for one adult it is definitely not a cheap activity but I think it was worth it. It was more of a Once In A Lifetime experience for me. 🙂
If you have enough of the city you can drive out in a 4×4 over sand dunes and empty streets. There’s plenty of thrills to be found in the rugged desert terrain. If you’re not an experienced driver I’d recommend booking a desert safari with one of the many companies that offer these tours. They are mostly the same, consisting of dune bashing, driving to a camp where food is served and entertainment by musicians and dancers.
We also had the opportunity to try a bit of sandboarding but I was a bit disappointed. It’s so much better on snow.
Are you an adrenaline junkie who has been to Dubai? What was your favorite thing. Let me know in the comments. Skydiving was #1 for me!