Dubai has quickly become the playground of the uber-rich and now the city is morphing into the ultimate adrenaline junkie’s paradise. The city has grown exponentially since the turn of the century and the limits just keep being pushed. In a land known for its opulence and extravagance, adrenaline junkies are finding new uses for the area’s extreme landscape. From zip lines to sky diving Dubai is now home to more extreme sport activities than anywhere else in the world.
Let’s explore what Dubai has to offer on the extreme activity front and see if any of them tempt your adventure side.
Dune bashing is as violent as it sounds as people race across the undulating dunes in 4×4 vehicles at high speeds. It’s an amazing way to spend an afternoon in the extreme heat of the desert. Imagine flying through the air as your catapult yourself over these heaving dunes.
The rich love their cigarette boats and the calm waters of the Arabian Sea make for the perfect racing zone for fast boats. You can often see boats zooming across the water at speeds up to 120 mph.
What better way to see the city while navigating its busy streets from a few hundred feet above? The city introduced the first urban zip lines in the world in 2015. It’s an adrenaline rush and the best and fastest way to zip across town.
Where else but Dubai has a shopping mall with an aquarium which you could actually swim with sharks? It doesn’t get more extreme than swimming with sharks.
There are actually some pretty good surfing spots around Dubai, so bring your board or rent one.
Who says you can’t go snow skiing in the desert? Only in Dubai would there be an indoor ski arena. You can ski or snowboard in this awesome indoors mountain with constant 24-degree weather and a few challenging slopes. There is even an adventure park for skilled skiers and boarders to get some air on the jumps and half pipe.
Even the odd sport of extreme high diving was recently brought to the adrenaline rich city. The Red Bull Cliff Diving series was held at the Dubai Marina Pier with a 90 –foot platform was erected.
Skydive Dubai offers risk takers the opportunity to fly through the sky above all the man made islands and get the coolest and most unique views of the city. You can try tandem or if you are experienced, you can jump solo.
BASE-jumping is considered to be illegal most places in the world except Dubai where the daredevil sport is encouraged and often sanctioned by the government. A private company also has plans to build a 1,000-foot tower for extreme sports like rock climbing and BASE-jumping. Imagine jumping off the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa and living to talk about it.
The dunes and the desert are perfect for rally racing either cars or motorcycles. With a wide-open desert as the backdrop to the city, Dubai is made for extreme racing.
This is an obvious thrill-seeking event in a city with so many tall skyscrapers. With more super tall skyscrapers than anywhere in the world and not strict laws against urban climbing, Dubai is the top choice. All the top climbers are heading to Dubai to climb the Burj Khalifa and it’s intimidating 2,700 feet.
Flyboarding is the new jetpack of our generation. Hooked up to a jet ski, a rider straps water jets to their feet and off they go on an epic adventure. Riders can reach heights of 30 feet while cruising at speed of 25 MPH.
Gyrpocoptering is a new phenomenon that has adventure seekers lining up to try. Imagine flying your own mini helicopter high above the city’s epic skyline in a two-seater gyrocopter.