What You may have heard all about Abu Dhabi dune bashing, but have you ever itched to be the one driving? This is your moment. Carve through desert sands on your very own quad bike in this hotel-to-desert biking adventure, with pick-up and drop-off through Emirates Tours and Safari.
Don’t miss A well-deserved cool-down with the provided iced drinks and refreshments after your ride, best enjoyed while taking in the sunset’s golden mirage playing across the sand.
Verdict This is an activity for adrenaline junkies who crave control over their pursuits and who would relish the speedy thrill of exploring the desert’s sun-soaked beauty on four wheels. Snap into your helmet and let your ride take you where you want to go.
6th Floor, Lulu Exchange Building, Zayed The First Street, Opposite Royal Rose Hotel; +971 2 491 2929
What Didn’t think white-water rapids existed in the desert? Think again. The base of Al Ain’s Jebel Hafeet mountain is home to the Middle East’s first human-constructed white-water channels – and they’re the longest in the world. With your raft and paddle, take on more than 1,100 metres of foaming waves and discover how well you and your friends can navigate them.
Don’t miss The other hair-raising water sports on offer, including high-speed kayaking and surfing on three-metre waves.
Verdict Regardless of age or ability, Wadi Adventure has something to offer everyone in the family. While thrill seekers can take to the rapids, less experienced adventurers can sprawl out at the pool.
Wadi Adventure, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain; +971 3 781 8422
What Hop on a wakeboard to test out the Middle East’s very first system of water park cables. The cables will swing you across the resort’s glittering lake at up to 38km per hour. If a wakeboard isn’t your preferred ride, feel free to choose from the selection of knee boards, water skis, wake skates, and more. Just remember to hold on tight.
Don’t miss Another chance to get your adrenaline fix is at Al Forsan’s shooting range. Whether your chosen gun contains bullets or paint pellets, the multi-level sports resort will help you reach the extremes you desire.
Verdict This is water sport thrills no matter what the conditions: no boat, wind or surf is required to make waves across this lake.
Khalifa City, Street No 12; +971 2 656 565604.
What For true thrill seekers, visit the Yas Marina Circuit for a gripping race around the track. Here at the home of the renowned Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, you’ll be driving on one of the world’s most famous race circuits. Discover breakneck speeds behind the wheel of your choice of ride. And choose carefully: you’ll never experience anything quite like this again.
Don’t miss The Sodi World Series, the largest go-kart ranking competition worldwide and just one of the 400 annual events hosted at this famed track. Check out the 2020 SWS championship dates and decide if you’re brave enough to compete.
Verdict A sweet spot for adrenaline veterans, the Yas Marina Circuit is sure to get even the most experienced thrill seeker’s blood pumping.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Central; +971 2 659 9800
Details Few bursts of adrenaline compare to the thrill of leaping from a sky-high plane. At the Abu Dhabi Sports Aviation Club, you can climb aboard for the free-fall of a lifetime, while taking in the most spectacular views of desert, city and Arabian Gulf.
Don’t miss Your chance to try out other airborne pursuits offered by the Aviation Club, including parasailing above the gulf’s turquoise waves, and spinning through topsy-turvy plane rides.
Verdict Ask yourself this: standing on a ledge several thousand feet above the ground, parachute strapped to your back, can you jump? If your love of thrills extends beyond the clouds, this is the experience for you.
Sheik Maktoum Bin Rashid Street, Ghweifat International Hwy, Exit 381; +971 50 603 2246