17 Activities in Dubai for Thrill Seekers

17 Activities in Dubai for Thrill Seekers

Updated On: June 01, 2024 by   Dina EssawyDina Essawy

Dubai has some of the most exciting and thrilling activities in the world for adventure seekers. While the city is known for its luxury shopping malls and relaxation spots, it also has plenty of opportunities for thrill-seekers to get their adrenaline fix. Here are some of the best Dubai activities available if you’re looking for an adventurous holiday.

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Zip Lining through the Dubai Marina

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Dubai Marina has some of the city’s most iconic buildings, and it would undoubtedly be an adventure to zip line from one of them to the other at 170m in height and more than half a mile (800m) in length with a fantastic backdrop of the Arabian Gulf. Going down the longest zip line in the world, Zipliners travel up to 80km/hour from Amwaj Towers to Dubai Marina Mall, passing the famous twisted Cayan Tower surrounded by five-star yachts.

To book your Zip Line ride, visit their website, and then head to the XLine booth at the Dubai Marina Mall (Level P) with your valid ID and confirmation email.

You’re also provided a camera to record and share your experience with friends and family.

Experience the Thrilling Rides at Wild Wadi Water Park

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A unique outdoor water park in Dubai, Wild Wadi Water Park is in the Jumeirah area next to the Burj Al Arab.

Among the rides at the park are the Ring Rides, the Tantrum Alley & Burj Surj, the Jumeirah Sceirah, which is the tallest and fastest free-fall water slide outside of North and South America, as well as the FlowRider rides, Wipeout and Riptide, surfing simulators that produce a realistic wave effect which allows riders to body-board, knee-board or surf, Breakers Bay which is the largest wave pool in the Middle East, Juha’s Journey, a 360 m (1,180 ft) long river which allows guests to relax and slowly float around the park, and many more.

Wild Wadi Water Park provides an action-packed atmosphere suitable for the whole family. It’s an attraction you and your kids would not want to miss.

Skate Down the Slopes at Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates

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One of the must-have experiences in Dubai is skiing at the Ski Dubai arena at the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world.

In the indoor arena, there is an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, and a lift carries skiers up the mountain.

The entire family can enjoy the 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area, where they can sledge, climb towers, have snowball fights, and explore the ice cave. Ski Dubai also houses several penguins who are let out of their enclosures several times daily. You can also book a penguin encounter to interact directly with the adorable creatures.

There are a variety of ticket options for going on the slopes. You can get the two-hour Slope Pass for AED 210 or a Full-Day Slope Pass for AED 310. Ski Dubai also offers the SkiFly Slope (AED 305) to explore the Snow Park, get two hours of access to the Slope, and get two flights to the skydiving experience iFLY Dubai for free! Another option is to buy the Snow Plus Slope (AED 340) for unlimited access to the Snow Park rides, and you can pick either a two-hour Slope, a 40-minute Penguin Encounter, a Snow Bullet Ride or a skiing/snowboarding lesson. Finally, the Snow Premium Slope (AED 490) includes unlimited access to the Snow Park and all its rides, a 40-minute penguin encounter, and any Slope session or ski/snowboarding lessons you choose.

As for the Snow Park, you can buy the primary ticket for AED 190 for one-time access to the Ski Dubai Snow Park and as many times as you want, or the Snow Classic (AED  256) for unlimited access to snow park rides in addition to one ride on the Mountain Thriller and the Chairlift.

There are other tickets, including the Ski-Fly Snow Classic, which costs AED 305 and offers unlimited access to all the Snow Park rides, one Mountain Thriller ride and one Chairlift ride, and two flights at iFLY Dubai. You can choose between two hours on the Slope, a Penguin Encounter for 40 minutes, a Snow Bullet Ride or a sixty-minute skiing/snowboarding lesson. The Snow Plus (AED 340) offers you a slope session, a discovery lesson, a snow bullet ride, a penguin encounter, and unlimited access to all snow park rides. Finally, the Snow Premium (AED 490) offers a 40-minute encounter with the penguins, a choice between a slope pass or a 60-minute snowboarding/ski discovery lesson, unlimited access to the snow park and rides, a locker, waterproof gloves, and a photo book, which explains why it is the most popular ticket option amongst visitors.

Finally, to meet the penguins, you can choose the Peng-Friend Encounter (AED 230) for a 40-minute encounter as you learn all about them. The Snow Plus – Penguin Encounter (AED 520) gets you a 75-minute slot to meet the penguins, a photo opportunity with them, and a complimentary hot chocolate drink. The Ultimate Peng-Friend (AED 890) gets you unlimited access to Snow Park rides, one go at the Chairlift and Mountian Thriller, and a 75-minute Peng Encounter. It also includes lockers, a hot chocolate drink, a photo, and a souvenir. Finally, Swimming with the Penguins (AED 1,390) is an all-encompassing package that includes all the above and a 15-minute session to swim with the penguins.

Ski Dubai also offers lessons at the Ski School for amateurs who are still beginning to learn and pros who want to brush up on their skills. A team of experienced professionals leads the lessons.

Suppose you need a break or you’re waiting for family or friends to finish their sessions. In that case, we recommend that you rest at one of the Ski Dubai cafés and restaurants, such as North 28, a themed café where you can sip some hot chocolate, or Avalanche Café, located halfway on the slope and lets you relax with good views. There is also the Ice Café, where you can sample some delicious treats.

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

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Voted the region’s No. 1 Water Park by TripAdvisor, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark offers its visitors excitement and adventure in more ways than one with its 30 slides and attractions, as well as Dubai’s longest Lazy River, and afterwards, you can relax on its 500m private beach.

Motiongate Dubai

Motiongate Dubai is a Hollywood-inspired theme park with attractions based on DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, and The Smurfs.

The park is divided into different areas, such as Studio Central, which is themed around Hollywood with shopping and dining facilities, and Columbia Pictures, with rides adopting Sony Pictures’ films, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, Zombieland, The Green Hornet, and more. DreamWorks is also based on DreamWorks Animation franchises such as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls.

You’ll also find The Smurfs’ Village and Lionsgate, which has two rides based on The Hunger Games and a stage show based on the Step Up film series.

Dubai Autodrome

At the Dubai Autodrome, you’ll find the Kartdrome, where you can find different karting experiences to get your heart pumping. Karting sessions cost AED 137 per 15 minutes on the Outdoor Circuit.

You can check the availabilities and reserve your session online.

Flying Cup

Have you ever tried dining in the sky? Head to The Beach at JBR for this unique experience of sampling some of the best food Dubai has to offer forty meters in the sky with 360 panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, Eye of Dubai, Blue Water Island, and much more.

Pavilion Dive Centre at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Another great experience in Dubai is diving at the Pavilion Diving Center at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Here, you can explore the deeper parts of the ocean and travel among fish, fantastic aquatic creatures, and even notable shipwrecks.

The Pavilion Dive Centre offers snorkelling and scuba diving training for multiple skill levels, whether you’re a beginner or a professional.

Try Parkour

Parkour, the art of quickly traversing challenging terrains by climbing or jumping, has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Dubai has a dedicated parkour training facility that offers lessons led by expert professionals to anyone who wants to learn, regardless of their athletic background.

Skydive Dubai

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One of the most well-known activities in Dubai is skydiving. Skydive Dubai offers this thrilling experience for anyone in the UAE or visiting from abroad who wants to cross this adrenaline-fueled experience off their bucket list.

Skydive Dubai operates at two drop zones: the Palm DZ, within the emirate, and the desert, about 35 km outside the city. We recommend choosing the central drop zone at the Palm to enjoy the spectacular view of the iconic Palm Jumeirah island and have it as your backdrop as you skydive from an altitude of up to 13,000 ft.

Prices for this activity vary according to your chosen drop zone and whether you have an instructor with you.

Flyboarding and Jet boarding

One of the most thrilling experiences in Dubai is jet boarding or flyboarding across the Gulf. Water sports have become increasingly popular in Dubai, and now, many different experiences and offers are available for everyone to enjoy.

You can head to several locations around the city to try out these opportunities, including Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, One & Only Royal Mirage, One & Only The Palm, Dukes The Palm Royal Hideaway Hotel, Royal Central Hotel The Palm, Andaz Dubai The Palm by Hyatt, and C- Central Resort the Palm.

Go on a Safari

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You cannot visit Dubai without exploring the large expanse of desert dunes that rise as high as 330ft in a 4×4 driven by experts. Usually, the trip ends at a Bedouin-style camp, where guests are introduced to henna hand painting, falconry, camel rides, sandboarding, belly dancing, and a feast of local cuisine.

Many companies in the city offer a variety of trips, whether in groups or private, in the evening and at night so you can go stargazing.

Become a Human Catapult

Another experience you’d surely have a hard time finding elsewhere is the XDubai Slingshot, a catapult-type device that hurls brave tourists towards the sea from a vast Y-shaped frame set on Kite Beach. Secured in a harness, you are pulled back, then propelled forward 400ft over sand and water at more than 60mph speeds before springing safely back to shore.

Paddleboard around Burj Al Arab

For a slightly relaxed activity, try gliding around Burj Al Arab on a stand-up paddleboard. You’ll appreciate this fantastic feat of architecture from a brand-new angle. You’ll also go through training and be provided with life jackets.

Hot Air Ballooning

To get the whole experience of seeing Dubai from above, try hot air ballooning to grasp the beauty of the city and the desert in one trip.

The trip usually lasts one whole hour, and once you land, you are provided with a breakfast buffet at a traditional Bedouin camp. Another feature that makes the hot air balloon experience in Dubai unique is a falcon! During hot air balloon rides, a falconer will usually be present to provide a falcon show.

The hot air balloon rides are conducted from 4:00 am to 5:00 am, so you can also catch the best view of the sunrise.

Indoor Skydiving

If you’ve always wanted to go skydiving but can’t bring yourself to make that leap, there’s just the solution for you. Indoor skydiving is an activity that is gaining popularity in Dubai. You enter a wind tunnel that pushes air as fast as 200km per hour, lifting you off the ground for a thrilling experience, defying gravity.

Pay a visit to the iFly Center from Sunday to Thursday, from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm) and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Break out from an Escape Room

Escape rooms are a great way to practice escaping dangerous situations while having fun with friends. Many facilities around Dubai have several escape rooms with different themes.

In short, Dubai offers many activities, outings, and activities for thrill-seekers and adventure lovers of all age groups. Be sure to look thoroughly through our list of the best activities in Dubai and choose the ones you enjoy most while there.

6 commments on “17 Activities in Dubai for Thrill Seekers

  1. Dubai is popular for its sightseeing activities and offers numerous opportunities to hold staff parties and corporate team building events. You’ve done great work. I personally like Indoor Skydiving out of your list.

    1. Thank you for the feedback and glad you enjoyed our article 🙂
      Have you tried indoor skydiving?

  2. The Dubai Desert is one of the best places to see with family and its experience is even better. Combining dune bashing, sunset camel ride, safari, and a traditional Arabian right experience, go for this one if you are a lover of all things authentic.

  3. Out of mentioned activites, I really love hot air balloon and desert safari. Regardless of whether or not you are a thrill seeker at heart, dune bashing in Dubai is a great way to go exploring the vast sands and have some fun. Drifting over the soft dunes of Dubai continues to top most traveller’s bucket lists because it truly is a thrilling experience.

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