6 cool sports to try this weekend
We tapped into our inner daredevil to gather a list of six sports that you have to try this weekend.
Be warned, some of them are not for the faint of heart…
1. Kite Surfing
It’s an extreme sport with its own dangers, but with expert tuition you’ll be flying across the water in no time. In fact, Dukite are so confident in their school, they say you can go from beginner to superstar surfer within 20 hours of lessons.
They are on Kite Beach (funny that) and teach everything from how to prepare your kite and stand on the board to reading the wind directions at extreme speeds. Honestly, after one lesson, you’ll be spending the working week dreaming about your next session.
Price: From AED350 per person
Contact: +971 50 758 6992, website
2. Scuba diving
If you’d rather be under the water than desperately trying to stay afloat, try out Al Boom Diving’s World Island offer. For just AED375, you can discover not one but two of the infamous man-made island's key locations. Both dives usually take place on Fridays from 10am to 2pm and range between 10m and 14m in depth. Expect to see clown fish, sting rays, barracudas and more.
If sharks are more your thing, you can opt for Al Boom’s shark diving experience in The Dubai Mall’s Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. For AED750, you can get a closer look at the mystical creature – all 400 of them. The Dubai Aquarium houses a number of different shark species ranging from zebra sharks to wobbegongs to grey reefs and more. Aside from sharks, you can also expect to swim alongside a number of sting rays and exotic fish.
Price: AED375 per person for the World Island adventure, AED750 per person for the Shark Dive experience at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Diving equipment for both experiences is included in the price.
Contact: +971 4 341 4940, website
This is another extreme sport you’ve probably seen people trying as you lunch at The Beach but haven’t got round to trying. It’s the one that uses water pressure to propel you into the air, where you can pull off amazing stunts like some kind of jet-pack-wearing astronaut. That’s the idea anyway; frankly, even just standing up is pretty tough. The boards you’re strapped to go as high as 10 metres, but SeaRide Dubai say you should be able to do tricks and backflips after just a few lessons.
Price: From AED300 for 30 minutes
Contact: +971 55 157 9393, website
4. Rock climbing
Why not work up a sweat by tackling Dubai’s highest climbing wall? It took two years to build, and at 15-metres tall, Dorell Sport’s outdoor wall, known as, ahem, The Wall, can be found at the World Trade Centre.
Rock up (sorry) and instructors will give you basic coaching before deciding what coloured “rocks” you should be clinging onto on your way up. Once you’ve done that, you can probably think about heading to Ras Al Khaimah with nothing but a pot of chalk and a sense of adventure. Don’t forget your factor 30.
Price: AED60 for a day pass
Contact: +9714 306 5061, website
5. Sand skiing
Sand skiing classes at Viator include quad biking too, because walking up the dunes would be madness. Switch between sand skiing and boarding and after a few lessons you’ll be able to impress your visitors from home when you take them out.
Price: From AED400 for sand skiing
6. X-Park Adventure Challenge Course
Bounce's X-Park Adventure Challenge Course spans across a cool 330 sq m and is split over two levels, it contains 20 elements, including a zip line and a bouldering wall.
Where: Bounce, Al Quoz
Contact: +9714 321 1400, website