Dubai’s extreme sports and alternative entertainment

The skyline of Dubai is stunning, day or night.

The skyline of Dubai is stunning, day or night.

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Swimming with sharks, playing polo on a camel and attaching yourself to a giant fan to soar across the desert – there is more to do in Dubai than simply sunbathing on the exclusive beaches and sightseeing from the world’s tallest building. If you are willing to avoid the usual tourist traps then Dubai can offer you some memorably quirky and adventurous activities.

Extreme adventure in Dubai
There’s no shortage of extreme adventure activities to consider if you book your holidays to Dubai. From indoor and outdoor sky diving to diving with sharks in Musandan, Dubai and the surrounding area can certainly raise the fear factor if you’re brave enough.

If you are looking to get your adrenaline pumping then cross the border and try abseiling in Oman. No experience is necessary to enjoy the thrill of abseiling 150m down Oman’s Grand Canyon or why not traverse the top of the canyon on high wires and ziplines. Oman’s Grand Canyon also offers a number of other extreme sports including sea kayaking, scuba diving, caving and canyoning.

Enjoy a spot of Camel Polo
If team sports are more your thing then polo in Dubai means forgetting about horses and climbing aboard a camel to indulge your competitive spirit. Camel polo isn’t a sedate sport and it does take a certain amount of skill to guide a camel and hit a ball at the same time. Dubai is the only place in the world that offers this sport and full polo training and tuition will be provided.

Power-parachuting in Dubai
Parachuting usually means jumping from a plane but with power-parachuting, or paramotoring, you are caged to a giant fan that inflates the parachute. Once the parachute is inflated you will take off and glide above the desert and the sea. The Jazirah Aviation Club offers 20-minute tandem flights for around 250 AED ($68).

Snow Skiing in Dubai

Snow Skiing in Dubai

Nightlife with a difference
Dubai’s Cirque le Soir, located in the Fairmont Hotel, definitely offers an alternative evening of entertainment. The club is open to all and is often frequented by A-list celebrities who come to spend an evening with world-class circus performers, tattooed dancers, fire eaters and burlesque dancers. The club is advertised as a place to ‘stimulate the senses and push the boundaries of entertainment’ and an open mind is required.

Skiing in Dubai

Dubai may boast summer temperatures of 96F but it’s still possible to enjoy snow sports in the city. Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and is located in the Mall of the Emirates. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing in this immense 22,500 square meter indoor ski resort. If you want to know how it feels to be a hamster then try zorbing where you will climb into a giant ball and roll down a huge snow-covered hill.

Fall asleep 300 metres up

After a day’s exciting activities in Dubai there’s nothing better than a peaceful night’s sleep in the highest hotel room in the world. Book into the 69th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel and enjoy the ultimate in luxury accommodation complete with breath-taking city views. Expect to pay around 35,000 AED ($9,530) to enjoy one of the hotels two bedroom penthouse suites – now that would be adventurous!

Images by Eugene Kaspersky and Lars Plougmann used under creative commons licence

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