Top 7 things to do outside Dubai

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Check out this guest post by Zubin Panday of Going Locations. He’s a 16-year old Virginia native who has traveled to many parts of the world


Beyond the dazzling cityscape and lavish way of life that draw countless visitors, Dubai offers more than meets the eye. Look further, and you’ll discover an abundance of exhilarating outdoor escapades awaiting exploration. So many activities are available just a day’s distance from this amazing city. So while you’re in Dubai, make sure to take advantage of the surrounding area. From the adrenaline-pumping experiences at Ferrari World to the tranquil allure of Hatta Dam, here are seven remarkable activities to indulge in beyond the borders of Dubai.


  1. Ferrari World

Ferrari World, situated on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, is a haven for both car aficionados and those seeking an exhilarating adventure. Housing Formula Rossa, the swiftest roller coaster globally, this indoor amusement park guarantees an unforgettable, adrenaline-fueled escapade. Offering an array of rides and attractions suitable for all ages, Ferrari World is an essential destination for thrill-seekers in search of a thrilling experience.

  1. Yas Marina Circuit

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi is the ultimate destination for those who have fantasized about the thrill of Formula 1. Hosting the prestigious Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this top-notch racing circuit presents a range of options, including guided tours and exhilarating driving experiences that allow you to truly sense the might of these remarkable vehicles. It’s an opportunity to sample the F1 way of life and experience firsthand what it’s like to follow in the footsteps of racing icons.

  1. ATV Tour

An absolute must for those seeking an off-road thrill is an ATV tour in the desert. Venture to the outskirts of Dubai, where a vast expanse of towering dunes and golden sands awaits. Skilled guides will accompany you on an exhilarating expedition, enabling you to conquer the ever-shifting landscape and marvel at awe-inspiring desert panoramas. Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled adventure that will etch unforgettable memories into your mind for eternity.

  1. Jebel Jais Flight

Head to Ras Al-Khaimah for an unparalleled adventure. Discover the Jebel Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline, where you can fly above the majestic Hajar Mountains at exhilarating speeds of up to 150 km/h. Jebel Jais Flight is just a short two hour drive from Dubai and is sure to be worth it. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the UAE’s mountainous landscapes while enjoying the thrill of flight. 

  1. Ras Al-Khaimah



Beyond the zipline, Ras Al-Khaimah offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Whether it’s hiking in the Hajar Mountains, exploring the historical sites of the old town, or simply relaxing on pristine beaches, this emirate has something for everyone. My favorite area is the city center, where you can overlook the Ras Al-Khaimah Harbour while enjoying the sunset, and beautiful days. Experience the authentic culture and natural beauty of the UAE in this hidden gem. 


  1. Hatta Dam


Experience a peaceful retreat from the urban chaos by visiting the serene Hatta Dam. Situated just an hour and a half away in the tranquil Hajar Mountains, this idyllic haven offers a wonderful opportunity for relaxation and outdoor enjoyment. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the outdoor scenery while kayaking, go for a swim, or just relaxing and observing the view. Whether you choose to kayak on the calm waters or test your skills in stand-up paddleboarding, you’ll find yourself surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Take advantage of the picturesque setting for a delightful picnic and a rejuvenating swim.

  1. Abu Dhabi


Don’t miss the chance to explore Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. This city has already been previously covered in Ferrari World and Yas Marina Circuit. Just doing those two things would overlook the rest of this beautiful city. This city showcases a harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity, with attractions like the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the beautiful gardens of the Corniche. Whether you visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi, enjoy shopping at Yas Mall, or take a leisurely walk along the waterfront, Abu Dhabi offers something for every visitor.

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Don’t miss out on the diverse range of outdoor adventures offered by the surrounding emirates of the UAE, even though Dubai shines brightly as its crown jewel. Whether you crave the adrenaline rush of a fast-paced roller coaster, the peacefulness of a mountain getaway, or the tranquility of a desert sunset, the UAE has everything you desire. Prepare your belongings and embark on an unforgettable expedition that goes beyond the borders of Dubai!

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