Dubai: An unlikely activity holiday destination

Want an action packed adventure holiday? Then why not visit the city that never sleeps. Dubai offers spectacular skylines, countless bars and restaurants, 24/7 shopping outlets and golden sandy beaches – does Dubai have it all? If you’re after an unusual holiday then read on.

With the blistering heat blasting all year round you certainly won’t miss out on your dose of vitamin D. Those bargain hunters amongst you will certainly be able to find a cheap flight and hotel at some point in the year.  Because of the lovely weather all-year-round, you can be really flexible when deciding when to visit. If you are restricted to school holidays then remember to pack a sun hat and plenty of SPF because the daily temperature in the height of summer can reach well over a scorching 40 degrees! So if you can handle the heat, then get packing ready for next summer.

Ski Dubai 

Yes, you read that right. You can ski in Dubai! You can’t visit Dubai without checking out its phenomenal indoor ski slope because snowboarders, skiers, adrenaline junkies and penguins from all around the world unite here. Not only can you ski at this indoor palace, but you can also zip line down to visit the penguins – this place can’t get any cooler, literally. 

Stay Active

Although the weather is scorching most of the year round, that doesn’t stop those who like to stay active on holiday. Whether that’s swimming, hiking, kayaking or playing tennis – there is an abundance of activities for whatever the weather or mood! Why not try tennis? It is very popular in Dubai and many people visit just for the spectacular tennis courts, with professional players training in Dubai in order to try and battle the heat. Check out Dubai’s tailor made tennis holidays for an activity holiday with a twist, go alone, in couples or with a group of friends to learn a new skill and explore a new city!

Go Wild at Wadi

With over 30 wild water rides against the backdrop of the Burk Al Arab, this wet and wild experiencewill certainly set your pulse racing! So why not relax on the lazy river, let your heart leap down tantrum alley or laugh in the face of fear with a roller coaster ride on the notorious Jumeirah Sceirah. The water park is open nearly all year round so whether you have children or are just big kids this is definitely the place to cool off.

Adrenaline junkies only!

I don’t know about anyone else, but driving a buggy through the sand dunes almost sounds too much fun! If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie then they run a wide range of exciting excursions, both around the city and out into the desert, giving visitors a taste of both ancient Arabian traditions with a modern twist. The most popular package, ‘sundowner’ includes an all-inclusive experience, starting the day with dune buggy racing across the sand dunes, followed by an exciting falcon show, then a bumpy camel ride, and even a tradition belly dancing performance accompanied a buffet meal full of delicious local cuisines. 

But where to stay?

With Dubai quickly becoming one of the most popular cities to visit, there are of course an abundance of hotels to stay in, but here are my top picks to suitall budgets. 

Splurge: The Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate is currently ranked at the number one hotel in Dubai on Trip Advisor! With more restaurants and swimming pools than you can possible use, if you fancy a bit of luxury then this hotel is a must, but don’t expect bargain prices, even in the ‘low’ season you will still be paying peak prices! 

Spend:The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a five star hotel with all the luxury touches you can imagine. From the outside the design is a wave-like building, which means all of the hotel rooms enjoy a sea view, and if that isn’t enough to convince you then why not take a wander out of the hotel onto their very own private beach and relax on the golden sand. This hotel is only a short drive from the airport and has plenty of activities going on all year round. 

Save:The Hilton Dubai Resort has an ideal location, within walking distance to the beach, bars, shops, casinos and a wide variety of restaurants. This hotel is the ideal base for busy bodies ready to explore the city. Although it may not be quite five star, it still has all of the amenities you could think of, with touches of indulgence too. 

Are you convinced yet? Book your ticket and enjoy exploring the vibrant city that is Dubai!

Bio:Beckyloves travelling around Europe trying to find new daring adventures, when she isn’t travelling around the world with her partner she writes for 5 Star Tennis Holidays.She is currently learning Russian in her spare evenings.