10 Best Thrill-Seeking Adventure Activities in Dubai

From the desert to the sea, Dubai has some seriously thrilling activities ideal for adrenaline junkies! Top Spots Dubai shares the top 10 best thrill-seeking activities to enjoy in Dubai, including Dubai Adventure tours such as skydiving and dune bashing.

1. Sunrise Safari With Breakfast

This 4 x 4 desert adventure is an ideal way to explore the region’s terrain, discover the wildlife of the UAE, try out some dune bashing and catch the sunrise. A professional photographer will capture the moment and there’s also the opportunity to try out some new spots like sandboarding. Top off a magical desert sunrise with breakfast and beverages.

2. Morning Desert Safari

Enhance your morning by embarking on a desert safari adventure. There are many options available to suit different preferences, ranging from family-friendly to luxurious. For those seeking a thrill, we recommend a safari that includes dune bashing – a thrilling ride in a 4×4 vehicle across the vast desert of the United Arab Emirates. After the excitement of dune bashing, you can participate in local traditions like falconry, camel rides, and sports like archery and sand surfing. Many morning desert safaris also include a tasty alfresco breakfast of Arabic cuisine, served by a traditional Bedouin caravan to give you an authentic taste of Emirati hospitality.

3. Dune Buggy

Looking for a thrilling adventure? Consider a dune buggy ride in the Dubai desert. You can choose a buggy that seats two or four people, and a safari guide can take you on a tour of the stunning dunes or you can drive the buggy yourself if you feel up to it. These vehicles are designed for off-road adventures and can handle steep sand dunes and high speeds. Just make sure to hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

4. Sky View Edge Walk

Enjoy the thrill of experiencing Sky Views Observatory Edge Walk with no windows or protective barriers in the way! At almost 220 metres above ground level, it’s Dubai’s highest full-circle hands-free walk. Guests move around the ledge encircling the top of the tower while taking in some of the city’s most impressive views that span Burj Khalifa and the Downtown Dubai skyline.

5. Dirt Bike Tour

For an extra dose of excitement during your stay in Dubai, consider booking a dirt bike (also known as motocross bike) tour. These tours take place in the Dubai desert and include bikes and necessary safety equipment. Keep in mind that dirt bikes, which have two wheels, may be more intense than the four-wheeled quad bikes or buggies. Under the guidance of trained instructors, you’ll have the opportunity to ride your dirt bike over the sand and take in the beautiful views of the desert. These tours are suitable for both experienced motorcyclists who want more freedom on their ride, as well as beginners who can take expert-led lessons to start their biking journey.

6. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Experience the thrill of adventure and the peacefulness of soaring over the vast Dubai desert with a hot air balloon ride. From 3,000 feet above, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of the desert dunes and local wildlife as you’ve never seen them before. These rides typically last 40-70 minutes and can accommodate groups of 16-20 people, or you can book a private flight for a more intimate and personalized experience. Enjoy a magical journey through the UAE’s majestic terrain and take in the stunning sights of the desert from a unique perspective.

7. Horse Riding in the Desert

Horseback riding is a popular activity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with stables located both in Dubai and the desert. With the help of a skilled instructor, you can take a scenic ride during sunrise or sunset, get some exercise, and possibly even spot some desert wildlife like camels and oryx. Horseback riding is suitable for people of all ages and abilities and can be done in a group or privately. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and explore the desert.

8. Paramotor Flight, Skydive Dubai Desert Campus

Paramotors, a type of motorized paraglider, offer a unique and thrilling way to explore the desert from the sky. With a propeller powered by an engine strapped to your back, you’ll be guided up into the air by a skilled pilot. These flights, which take off at sunrise or sunset, provide the perfect opportunity for a sky-high selfie with a breathtaking backdrop. You can participate in tandem flights or take a training course at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus. This once-in-a-lifetime experience has the potential to become a regular hobby.

9. Dinner in the Sky, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina

For a dining experience unlike any other, consider Dinner in the Sky at the Sky Dive Dubai diving center. This popular concept, which has been featured in over 40 cities worldwide, allows you to enjoy a chef-prepared meal from a table suspended 50 meters in the air by a crane. As you savor your cuisine, you’ll have the opportunity to take in stunning views of the city and sea, ranging from Palm Jumeirah to JBR and Dubai Marina. If you’re looking for a meal with a difference, this is the perfect option.

10. Indoor Skydiving

iFly is a popular indoor skydiving center located in the region. Upon arrival, you’ll be provided with a suit and protective eyewear, and then it’s time to step into the 10m tall double vertical glass wind tunnel. This activity is perfect for adrenaline junkies, as you’ll be falling forwards into the wind while instructors guide you through various moves depending on your ability and confidence, including flips. iFly is safe for everyone, even kids as young as three years old, to experience the thrill of flying.