Since it finally drizzled in Dubai, we can now say that summer is officially over.. right? We definitely think so, and that means it’s finally time to go out and enjoy the great outdoors! From bucket list adventures to fun workouts, here are 10 awesome outdoor activities in Dubai that we can finally get up to again…
1. Outdoor movie nights
Calling all movie buffs! It’s time to take your movie nights al fresco, now that the outdoor cinemas are back. From the rooftop cinema at Galleria Mall to the Urban Outdoor cinema at Habtoor Grand, here’s where to go for a movie under the stars.
2. Jebel Jais Flight
Ready to zipline across the the tallest mountain in the UAE? The Jebel Jais Flight is the world’s longest zipline, and tickets are currently at a discounted rate. Thrill seekers – get ready to soar from 1,680 meters above sea level.
Price: AED 325 – get your tickets here
When: Discounted until 30th November
Where: Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
3. Cycling at Al Qudra
Whether you want to cycle, roller blade, skate board or even run outdoors, make your way to Al Qudra this ‘winter’. The’ve even got bike shops where you can rent out cycles for the day.
Price: Free entry
Where: Al Qudra Road (near Arabian Ranches)
4. Hiking & camping
Pack your backpacks, tents and gear and round up your adventure buddies for a fun hiking and camping trip in the UAE! There are so many great spots to go camping, including Jebel Jais, Banan Beach and Hatta.
5. Picnics in the park
Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Get out your picnic baskets and mats because picnic season is back! Here are some awesome parks in Dubai that you (probably) didn’t know about…
6. Quad biking
Missed exploring the vast Dubai deserts? Summer’s over, which means it’s time to rent out some quad bikes with your mates and hit the dunes! This is one adrenaline-fueled activity you don’t want to skip out on…
7. Kayaking at Hatta Dam
Yep, this is definitely one of the most stunning places to go kayaking in the UAE. If you’ve never been, you need to try kayaking at Hatta Dam! The entire dam is surrounded by mountains, and they’ve also got pedal boats if you fancy lazing around the dam instead of kayaking.
Price: AED 60 for as long as you like (single kayak)
Where: Hatta Dam
8. Get fit outdoors
The Dubai Fitness Challenge has already begun, with hundreds of fun workouts happening outdoors around the city – and most of them are free! From yoga classes on a helipad to bootcamps in the park, check out dubaifitnesschallenge.ae for what’s going on.
9. Flamingo Park
Fancy hanging out with flamingoes? You totally can, just make your way to Ras Al Khor’s Wildlife Sanctuary to pay them a visit – for free!
Where: Ras Al Khor
10. Beach Library
If you’re looking for some new books to read this season, head to the free beach libraries dotted around the city. We checked out the beach library at Kite Beach, and it’s an awesome spot to just chill out and read a new book, or donate some of your old ones.
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