Dubai Dares: 10 most stomach-churning activities you cannot miss

Jumping out of plane cruising at an altitude of 4,000m takes the cake

World's tallest building? Check. World’s biggest mall? Check. Man-made islands in the sea? Check. Indoor ski slope? Check. World’s largest theme park? Check.

What about some ecstatic adrenaline rush? Check please. Dubai’s pulse races with an irrepressible energy. So , if you have had enough of mall hopping, and sightseeing, how about some Jet-skiing, scuba diving, hot air balloon ride and jumping out of a plane?

Of all the tantalizing options we bring you these 10 activities that should top your 'TO-DO' list in Dubai.

SkyDive

If you are hungry for some stomach-churning adrenaline sport - Skydive is for you.

It can be nerve wrecking when you will be asked to jump out of a plane cruising at an altitude of 4,000m.

It's free-falling over the Palm Jumeirah after leaping from one of SkyDive Dubai’s aircraft.

After 60 seconds or so, the parachute is popped for a relatively relaxing descent. Skydive Dubai offers tandem jumps, which allow you to feel the thrill of free fall with no previous experience while you're harnessed to one of the professional instructors. The tandem jump is a great introduction to skydiving.

Price: Dh1999 for tandem jump
Place: SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina

Indoor skydiving

If SkyDiving weighs too heavy on your pocket or too much thrill to handle, iFly is the next best thing. iFLY Dubai is an indoor skydiving center that allows you to experience human body flight

You will be floating in a wind tunnel suspended by a 200kph blast of air. The center boasts the world’s first-ever double and vertical wind tunnel; when you fly you’ll be suspended four meters above the ground

Daredevils will enjoy the instructor’s final trick of the lesson: carrying you right to the top of the 10m-high tunnel, then dive-bombing you back down.

Price: Dh220
Place: iFly Dubai, Mirdif City Centre

Jet Blade

Get your adrenaline flowing and feel like Iron Man flying as high as 45 feet with a thrilling jet blade experience.

A totally innovative 30-minute water adventure as you strap a JetBlade water jet pack onto your feet and prepare to fly over the Dubai waterfront.

Flyboarding is the newest aquatic activity for thrill-seekers. The JetBlade connects to a jet ski for power, and then you're off.

Fly, dive, twist, and flip through the air and under the waves—a coach is always nearby to offer guidance or suggestions for enhancing the fun as you master your balance and hone your skill at controlling your elevation, speed, and angle on this amazing piece of equipment.

Price: Dh300
Place: JBR

Jet Skiing

Jet skiing in Dubai is a restricted sport, with only certain areas in which jet skiers are permitted.

These areas are designated by yellow buoys that float in the waters at Dubai Marina, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2 and Jumeirah 2 and 3 beaches, with a 300-metre buffer between the machines and those swimming.

The activity can be an amazing experience, regardless you are a beginner or a professional.

Warm water of Gulf and sun shine all around the year makes Dubai a paradise for water skiers. While cruising you can also see some of the iconic buildings in Dubai from a different perspective altogether.

Place: Dubai Marina

Scuba diving

With all the fun above the water it's time to explore the unknown and discover what lies in the underwater world.

There's no doubt the best way to get to know our 65,000 marine animals is to scuba dive with them.

After some technical instructions go 40-50 feet under water to satisfy your curiosity.

As you dive, the colour changes around and you will meet complete silence, the only sound you can hear is the sound of your own heartbeat and breath.

Remember to pop your ears as you dive deeper.

Various tour agencies and hotels provide diving experiences and the prices vary.

Shark safari

Dive with the world's ultimate predator.

750 pounds of lean muscle, 300 razor sharp teeth, 100 million years in the making. Are you ready to come face-to-face with the world’s ultimate predator?

Dive into the depths of our 10-million litre tank and experience the thrill of a lifetime by coming face-to-face with the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world.

Whether you are a certified Diver or not, anyone can experience the Shark Dive at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 1050/750.

Three Shark Dives are held daily, allowing up to four divers in each group to explore the wonders of the underwater world.

You don't need to be a scuba diver to experience this Marine Animal Adventure. Put on one of our special helmets and safely explore the Shark Lagoon in Aquaventure Waterpark.

Place: Aquaventure Waterpark for Dh320, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (Dh1050 for non-certified and Dh750 for certified divers).

Hot air balloon ride

Another way of enjoy Dubai from bird eye view is a ride on hot air balloon.

Glide up, up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert and take to the morning skies and glide over the tranquil desert as the sun starts to rise. Gaze in awe at some spectacular desert vistas while enjoying an hour in the air.

Each basket holds a maximum of 24 people and there’s plenty of room for you to sightsee comfortably as you soar up and away.

You can enjoy the ride over The Palm, The World, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina and beautiful sunrise.

Price: Starting from Dh1000
Arranged by various tour agencies

Rock climbing

Go vertical and scale the walls doing rock climbing. Climbing the walls is as much about balance and mental ability as it is about strength and stamina. Climbers are invited to tackle routes on low walls, denoted by coloured holds. Each route is graded by ability, so you can chart your progression as you scramble your way around the room.

Planning your path and figuring out if your legs have the strength to get you up the wall, are all part of the fun – and the workout.

If you’re not yet ready for the mountains, there are a number of venues where you can learn how to climb and boulder with confidence in Dubai.

Price: Vary
Place: Dorell Sports at the World Trade Centre, Adventure HQ in Times Square Mall (SZR), Pharaohs’ Club at Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha, Rock Republic at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road

Quad biking

The adrenaline of storming through the sand dunes on a high-speed bike is unrivalled.

Excursions from Dubai are available, meaning within an hour of leaving the city you can be strapped in and on your way.

Most operators offer the choice of a sunset excursion, when the landscape takes on an almost magical setting.

Price: Dh200 to Dh400
Place: An hour drive from Dubai, arranged by several desert safari tour agencies.

Go-Karting

Dubai Autodrome is a part of motor sports facility plan by the Union Properties Motorcity.

Autodrome includes 5.39km Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) track, A Race and Driving School and Commision Internationale de Karting (CIK) approved go-Karting Track. Dubai Autodrome also had hosted the final round of the FIA GT Championship earlier this year.

A 15-minute session will get you about 12 laps of this outdoor circuit, which features 17 corners, plus chicanes and even a tunnel/bridge setup to test your mettle.

Place: Dubai Autodrome, MotorCity,

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