Outdoor Activities in Abu Dhabi


Posted on: 23 January 2016 by Paul Smith

Abu Dhabi is one of the most visited city in UAE. There are lots of things to do Abu Dhabi, we selected some Best Outdoor Activities in Abu Dhabi. Have a look.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates and is also the richest city of the country. While Abu Dhabi may not have a Burj Khalifa, it is nothing less than Dubai when it comes to growth, development, luxury and style. This Emirate city also offers some great fun options. It is home to the largest indoor theme park in the UAE, i.e. the Ferrari World. Apart from this, Abu Dhabi offers several options when it comes to outdoor activities too. In short, you do not have to be stuck with sightseeing or hanging out in your hotel room when you are in Abu Dhabi. Here are some of the outdoor activities in Abu Dhabi.

Desert Safari

Abu Dhabi or UAE is a desert land and hence a perfect place to go on a desert safari. There are different types of desert safaris available in this Emirate city. While the regular desert safari (which starts in the evening and ends late at night) is fun and exciting, overnight desert safari and luxury desert safari are also something that you can try. For early risers, the morning safari would be perfect as it gives them the opportunity to view the beautiful sun-kissed sands of the desert. At the desert safari, you would be able to enjoy activities like camel riding, dune bashing, quad biking, henna painting, belly dancing, etc. It would be an evening spent with the blue sky over you and beautiful golden sand beneath your feet.

Relaxing at the Corniche

While UAE is filled with vast areas of desert, it is surrounded by water on all sides. This gives it a beautiful coastline. The gem that enhances the beauty of Abu Dhabi is the Corniche which is a 9 km stretch that encompasses a beach and several other attractions. The Abu Dhabi Corniche is perfect for a picnic with your family and friends, either on the pretty beach or outside one of its several restaurants and cafes. The cafes here serve some delicious food, coffee and drinks, and you would have a great time enjoying the views of the sea even if you are alone. There is a walking, jogging as well as cycling track on the Corniche. Moreover, several events and other such concerts are organized at the Corniche which would entertain you. In short, the Corniche offers peace, tranquillity and lot of fun too.

Mangrove Kayaking

Unlike popular knowledge, Abu Dhabi is not all about the desert and the seas. On the other hand, it is also home to mangroves that not only add to the beauty of the place but are equally important to balance the ecosystem. Moreover, you do not need any special skill to go kayaking. Most travel agencies offer guided tours where you can not only enjoy the kayaking activity but also get a chance to observe the marine and terrestrial life of the area. You would also be given proper instructions which will help you to paddle through the mangroves with ease. Mangrove kayaking is available throughout the day although it would be best to kayak either early in the morning or towards evening time to avoid the harsh sun.

Water Sports

Abu Dhabi is surrounded by water, and hence it offers lots of water sports activities too. If you love water as well as adventure, this is the perfect place to be at. Apart from kayaking, you can indulge in diving , snorkelling, sailing, water skiing, parasailing, paddle boating, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, white water river rafting, etc. There are several water sports service providers in Abu Dhabi who offer tourists a chance to try out these thrilling water sports in Abu Dhabi. If you are in the city for your leisure, you must definitely try these for fun.

Dhow Cruise

Dhows are traditional boats that were used by Arabs in the past. Today, they are rarely used for transport but the Arabs have found a way of preserving this part of their past and heritage. These dhows have been turned into beautiful restaurants that float on water. While dinner dhow cruises are popular amongst locals as well as tourists, you can also opt for lunch and romantic dhow cruises. Most dhow cruises include delicious food, beautiful views, soulful music and some great entertainment shows. So, instead of choosing to dine in the interiors of a restaurant in Abu Dhabi, choose the exotic dhow cruise. You would surely enjoy the food as well as the journey.

Arabian Wildlife Park

Most of you may think Abu Dhabi city to be a concrete jungle. However, this is only the half truth as the city is home to a wonderful wildlife park which plays a major role in animal conservation and welfare. The Arabian Wildlife Park is not a zoo; here, animals are not kept in cages. Rather, they are allowed to roam freely. This wildlife park is home to almost 10,000 wild animals. You can spend your day watching these animals from a platform built with recycled items. If you want to spend some more time, book a room at Anantara Hotel's Desert Islands Resort & Spa. You can also go on wildlife safari or drive conducted by the park authorities.

The malls in Abu Dhabi would seem really enticing. But do not get stuck indoors when the outside world of Abu Dhabi has several exciting things to offer. You may be travelling alone or with a large group, these outdoor activities in Abu Dhabi are something that you must definitely try. It would add some beautiful and wonderful memories to your UAE tour.

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