Summer is fast approaching so there are only a few weeks left to enjoy the UAE’s outdoor activities and entertainment options. Make the most of it while you can! Top Spots Dubai has listed the 10 best outdoor activities to do during the Eid break.
1. Discover Dubai by Sea: Yachting
There’s nothing more ‘Dubai’ than a day spent on the seas of Dubai. Enjoy Dubai by sea and charter a boat for a few hours or for the day. Yacht cruises leave daily from Dubai Marina, Dubai Harbour, Bulgari Island, and Business Bay and cater to a range of requirements and budgets. Couples looking for a romantic experience can charter a private yacht, swim, and catch the sunset. Groups of friends looking for fun can book a yacht with options for DJs. For those keen to get closer to the water and have more action, a jet ski tour that circles the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel may be the preferred option. While avid anglers can embark upon deep-sea fishing tours in search of barracuda, grouper, and other local fish.
2. Relax at a Beach Club
It’s undeniable that Dubai is celebrated for its glamour and there are a plethora of chic beach clubs that support this reputation. Nammos at the Four Seasons in Jumeirah transports guests to the heart of Mykonos with a sumptuous seafood menu and sunset views to match while Drift Beach Club proposes panoramic views, airy light cabanas and easy-breezy beachside dining. Cove at Ceasers Palace attracts party-goers with pulsing beats while Twiggy by La Cantine is a chic escape for those in the know. Head to West Palm beach for multiple beach club options with Dubai Marina and JBR views including the newest top spot, San restaurant and beach club, a favourite of ours. Here, guests can pick between the sandy beach, infinity pool or alfresco seating area that features a swim-up pool bar as well as the indoor restaurant.
3. Jet Ski Tour
Explore Dubai by sea and take a jet-ski tour to the Burj Al Arab hotel, Palm Jumeirah and beyond. Tours last between 30 minutes and two hours depending on your requirements and are led by an experienced instructor. Jet ski tours are a great way to take in some of Dubai’s key sights from a new perspective while having fun with your friends on the water.
4. Take A Day Trip And Explore Another Emirate
Take the long Eid break as an opportunity to hop in your car and explore the surrounding Emirates. Hatta has something for everyone. The mountain-lined community is part of the Emirate of Dubai but with an entirely different pace of life. The surrounding mountains and wadis make Hatta an ideal spot for hikers and those keen to enjoy adventurous sports from kayaking to paragliding, mountain biking and horse riding. Ras Al Khaimah is also geared up to entertain adventure seekers with its terrain that accommodates watersports, mountain hiking, desert as well as options such as paragliding.
Head to the Suwaidi Pearls Farm in the Ras Al Khaimah Al Rams fishing village to discover the region’s fascinating history of pearl diving. Perched between the mountains and on the Indian Ocean, Fujairah has it all – mountains, beaches and even mineral springs with lower temperatures than Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Visit the Wadi Al Wurayah waterfalls and Ain Al Madhab Gardens or head to Snoopy Island to try out watersports and explore the nearby Dibba Bay Oyster Farm. Al Ain is known as the ‘Garden City’ thanks to its lush terrain. A 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can explore historical and archaeological sites, camel markets, and local souqs.
5. Ride The Waves at Kite Beach Umm Al Quwain
Kite Beach Umm Al Quwain gives a sense of vacation and the Emirate is just a one-hour drive from Dubai. Waves are ideal for surfers here while there are options to kayak through the mangroves. Sign up for Kitesurfing or hydrofoiling classes or just relax by the rustic beach huts on the pet-friendly beach. Instagram-friendly swings by the sea are built from tree trunks. There are several low-key resorts here so that you can stay that night and continue to absorb the relaxed vibes.
6. Take A Staycation At One Of Our Top Resorts
In the UAE there is a hotel and resort for every mood. Whether it’s a private island retreat or a desert adventure, take Eid as your excuse to discover the Emirates during a staycation escape. Private island resort, Zaya Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi has become a favourite among a-listers thanks to its seclusion and supreme luxury while just an hour from Dubai, Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, is in the middle of a desert conservation reserve. The Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, situated 90-minutes outside of Abu Dhabi, offers something unique thanks to its location in the Rub Al Khali desert (also known as the Empty Quarter). Follow the link to discover our Top 10 Staycations listing.
7. Take A Walk Around The Love and Expo Lakes at Al Qudra
The Al Qudra lakes have long been a go-to for locals keen to reconnect with nature. The Love Lake comprises two interconnecting hearts surrounded by sand. Head here for a picnic or romantic stroll with an Insta-worthy backdrop. Expo 2020 might be over but you can still visit the Expo lake. The sweeping space looks most impressive when taken in from above – waterways have been shaped to resemble the Expo logo. The site features walkways that lead to an ‘island’ surrounded by water. We recommend heading to these lakes in the early hours of the morning or towards the late afternoon to beat the mid-day heat. Sunsets in Al Qudra are spectacular.
8. Cycle Around Al Qudra
The Al Qudra cycling track offers cyclists something special with its long stretch of uninterrupted cycling track in the heart of the desert. Al Qudra cycling track is suitable for both experienced and beginner bike riders, friends and families. If you don’t have your own bike the Trek Bicycle Store on Al Qudra Road offers bicycle and equipment rentals. If you’re a morning person, set your alarm and head out for sunrise, the views are spectacular. Sunsets are just as impressive. Look out for desert wildlife while biking including camels and Arabian oryx. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and water and make travel arrangements ahead of your visit as public transportation is limited in this area.
9. Go Horse Riding In The Desert
Equestrianism has a special place in the heart of most Emiratis. There are numerous world world-class horse stables situated around Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A desert horse trek is a unique way to discover the desert and experience a different side of the United Arab Emirates. Under the supervision of an instructor, sunrise and sunset horse riding sessions are magical ways to get in your workout whilst also experiencing some of Dubai’s desert wildlife, from camels to oryx. There are numerous options available for different age groups and competence levels. If you are lucky enough to be in Dubai during a full moon, make sure you book a magical evening full moon horse ride session.
10. Tour Old Dubai
Dubai’s historic quarter is fondly referred to by local residents as “Old Dubai”. Old Dubai offers a taste of the historic community from which Dubai has evolved. You can journey through and spice souk and then visit the Dubai Museum, situated in the city’s oldest building, the Al Fahidi Fort. Here you can take a peek into the history of the United Arab Emirates. In need of a coffee break? Make your way to the charming open-air Al Seef area where you can visit the coolest Starbucks in the city with views across the creek from Bur Dubai. You can also take an abra boat across Dubai Creek and visit the gold souk for only AED 1. Lovers of culture will appreciate a visit to the nearby XVA Hotel and Cafe in historic Bur Dubai, which showcases contemporary art pieces.