UAE Guide to Extreme Sports for Adrenaline Junkies

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Dune bashing in Abu Dhabi.

Buckle up because these action-packed sports and activities are guaranteed to get your heart racing in the UAE!

Outdoor skydiving

Jump from an altitude of 13,000 feet and experience what it feels like to be a free bird. After a 60-second free fall, your parachute will open at 6,000 feet, letting you take in the spectacular scenery for the next 4-5 minutes before you safely touch down on the ground. If it’s your first time, experienced instructors will walk you through every step of the process, including a demonstration before you board the plane. Advanced alternatives including tandem skydiving, solo skydiving, and the flying school are available to those with greater experience.

Location: Desert Zone, Dubai
Timings: 7am to 4pm

Indoor skydiving

With indoor skydiving, you can defy gravity and get the same adrenaline rush without having to leap out of a plane at 13,000 feet. You’ll be floating in the air three metres above the ground thanks to strong fans and air conditioners. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced flyer, trained instructors will guide you for the duration of your flight based on your difficulty level and comfort.

Location: iFly Dubai
Timings: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 9pm, and Friday and Sunday, 12pm to 11pm


Fasten your seatbelt and witness Dubai’s landscape from above in this breath-taking 25-minute paragliding experience. You will be accompanied by a trained instructor, and will be sat comfortably in an attached harness. Before embarking on this adventure, the instructor will provide lectures on the fundamentals of paragliding, ensuring the passenger’s safety.

Location: Sky Safari Emirates, Sharjah,Dubai
Timings: Sunday to Saturday, 2pm to 7pm


Soar 20 feet above the sea on a water-powered motorbike with a seat and handlebars for 30 minutes. Under the guidance of skilled instructors, learn to steer, turn, spin and practice other aerial manoeuvres while spending time jumping above the water levels like a pro. Every motion provides an adrenaline boost as well as a spectacular view of being underwater and in the air in seconds. All equipment, including life vest and helmet, will be supplied.

Location: The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai
Timings: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

White water rafting

Feel the rush and thrill of whitewater rafting whether you’re rafting alone or in a group. The whitewater is split between beginner, intermediate, and a 488m-long expert channel to keep your adrenaline pumping. This experience comes with a trained instructor, necessary safety equipment, and an overview to the basics of rafting.

Location: Wadi Adventure, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
Timings: Sunday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm

Dune bashing

If you want to experience extreme sport out of the water, try dune bashing. Visitors are taken on a roller coaster-like ride across the desert sand with a vehicle. Your driver will drive you through the desert, up and down the highest sand dunes in 4×4 automobiles at varied speeds, in what appears to be the craziest method imaginable. The duration of this exhilarating ride on the golden sand dunes would take about an hour. The Liwa Oasis in Al Dhafra’s surrounding desert or the lovely dunes of the Al Khaznah region between Abu Dhabi and the city of Al Ain may both be explored through dune bashing.

Location: Abu Dhabi Desert Safari, Abu Dhabi
Timings: 8am to 12pm, and 3pm to 9pm

Quad biking

If you’re looking for something more exciting than dune bashing, take the thrilling experience of driving the quad bike in the golden sand dunes of Abu Dhabi. This definitely guarantees adrenaline and adventure and the best way to witness Abu Dhabi’s deserts. This one-hour quad bike ride will surely give you an adrenaline rush as you race over the desert.

Location: Abu Dhabi Desert Safari, Abu Dhabi
Timings: 8am to 12pm, and 3pm to 9pm

Go karting

Need for speed? The 800-meter outdoor circuit features large straight lanes and tough curves for peers seeking a competitive edge. The tracks offer thrilling go karting experience whether you’re riding solo or as a group for different ages. Challenge your friends or try to beat your own fastest lap on this 10-minute to 15-minute thrilling ride.

Location: Yas Kartzone, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Timings: Sunday to Saturday, 5pm to 11:30pm

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