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Summertime in Dubai is a breathtaking music, dance, and theatrical experience; it's an exciting journey of surprises!
If you ever find yourself on a Dubai layover for 4 to 12 hours there are plenty of things to do in Dubai during your stopover.
Sportss activities play a major role in Dubai these days. Especially with Dubai Sports City, it could even be responsible for hosting the Olympic Games one day. With Dubai’s supreme horse-racing tracks, golf courses and its long awaited Formula 1 autodrome*, it is surely a sportsman’s paradise city.
There are plenty of activities, Dubai tours to get involved in. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy watching your favourite sport, or wish to participate in a thrilling activity for those exciting adrenaline rushes, Dubai has the answer!
* Dubai has built one of the world's most prestigious and state of the art Formula One race tracks despite not yet winning the contract to host Formula One in Dubai. Those in the know think it’s only a matter of time before F1 race comes to the city.
Aerial Tours ( Visit Site )
Dubai by air is a spectacular sight that will be unforgettable. Helicopters and plane tours and even hot air balloon rides over the city will give you a birds-eye perspective to the wonder that is called 'Dubai'. Some trips take tourists across the city, and over the desert and the Hajar Mountains. Experienced pilots with a valid license can hire aircrafts from Dubai Flying Club on an hourly rental basis.
Contact: Amigos Balloons
Tel: +971 4 2899 295
Camel Racing ( Visit Site )
This traditional sport has been renewed with much enthusiasm in recent years. Informal desert tracks, and now quite a few official ones have been assigned for this purpose - a large ten kilometre track on the Al Ain road, about forty-five kilometres from Abu Dhabi city; at Al Ain itself, at Dubai and Umm Al Quwain.
Certain slender, finely formed breeds such as the white or golden 'Anafi' and the brown or black 'Boushari' are more suitable for racing. Training for camels commences at about six months of age and entrance for official races begins at about three years.
Camel races are usually held every Thursday, Friday, Sunday and occasionally on Monday mornings, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to observe local Emiratis in harmony with their surroundings. Camel racing season begins in October until April.
Contact: Dubai Camel Racecourse
Tel: +971 4 327 0000
The Dubai Creek can be explored with the help of an organised creek tour. It is a great way to see new and old Dubai side by side whilst enjoying a peaceful and relaxed journey. Many of the tours are carried out by traditional wooden dhows or Abras (the traditional water taxi). They take you on a short journey across the waterway from the glass-and-steel office blocks of Bur Dubai to the old-world Souks of Deira, providing a fascinating glimpse of Dubai's trading heritage.
Contact: Creekside Leisure
Tel: +971 4 336 8406
Desert Safaris ( Book now )
Trips in groups to the desert, known as Desert Safaris, can be a great way to explore the outdoors and meet other people, as well as finding out a little bit more about the Arabic culture. Safaris generally last for half a day and can include an overnight stay in one of the Bedouin tents.
Activities available include:
Fishing ( Visit Site )
The Gulf is rich in marine life, and so fishing was once a mainstay of the local economy. Kingfish, jackfish, red snapper, rock cod (the popular Hamour on most Dubai menus), barracuda and other species are caught commercially and not for sport. Sailfish and bottom-feeding sharks are regularly caught by visiting fishermen on deep-sea fishing trips who hire fully-equipped boats with crew.
Contact: Go Fishing Tours
Tel: +971 4 342 4255
Golf Courses ( Visit Site )
Dubai is really golfers’ paradise. The Dubai Creek Golf &Yacht Club and the famous Emirates Golf Club are the venues of the European PGA tour. The Nad Al Sheeba Golf and Racing Club even offers night golf for the enthusiasts who want to beat the summer heat of Dubai!
Contact: Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Tel: +971 4 366 3000
The sport of kings has rapidly become Dubai's most popular spectacular event attracting crowds of more than 15,000. Race meetings are held weekly during the cooler months at one of the UAE's four race courses. Dubai Racing Club situated at the Naad Al Sheba is the city’s largest and most spectacular track and home to the Dubai World Cup - the sport's richest horse race.
Horse riding is part of the local tradition and is upheld today by several centres including the Dubai Equestrian Centre and Jebel Ali Hotel Riding Stables. Horse rides through the desert are organized regularly and Dubai also has a riding association for the disabled.
The Double Decker Bus
Straight from the streets of London to the highways and roads of Dubai, these vintage double-decker buses with high visual appeal, provide fun for everyone whatever the occasion. With lots of unique activities for all ages, Dubai's only red double-decker buses provide an exclusive party venue, eye-catching promotional media, or just a fun way to add interest to a corporate or public event.
Contact: Big Bus Company
Tel: +971 4 340 7709
Wild Wadi ( Visit Site )
Imagine 12 acres of desert filled with 30 million litres of water, solely dedicated for having fun. That is Wild Wadi in Dubai, with 23 rides to entertain and excite every member of the family. This has been more than just a shelter for those wanting to escape the heat of the desert. Adrenaline seekers will love Jumeirah Sceirah - a 33-meter high slide with steep angles to propel riders up to 80km per hour. There is also Breakers Bay, which has a wave machine creating 1.5-meter waves all day.
Contact: Wild Wadi Water Park
Tel: +971 4 348 4444
Dubai Ice Rink ( Visit Site )
The rink offers all the thrills and chills of ice skating. Professional ice skaters can be hired here for private tuition. You can call: +971 4 448 5111 to make a reservation. The team will also take enquiries for cool kids' parties, which can be organized for a maximum of 15 children.
Contact: Dubai Ice Rink
Tel: +971 4 448 5111
Dubai has the first Middle East’s fully-equipped 40,000 sq. ft air-conditioned indoor go-kart facility at Formula One. Outdoors, an active go-karting fraternity races regularly take place at the track beside the Jebel Ali Hotel.
Tel: +971 4 315 4777
El Mundo ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 50 551 7406
Club Mina, Le Meredian Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 4 399 3333
Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa Club
Tel: +971 4 814 5555, +971 4 814 5800
Le Meredian Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 4 399 3333
Tel: +971 4 220 0331, +971 4 232 5255
Tel: +971 4 299 5811
Emirates Aviation Services - Flying School ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 4 299 5155, +971 4 299 5162
Fujairah Aviation Academy ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 9 2224747
Umm Al QuwainAeroclub
Tel: +971 6 768 1447
Tel: +971 4 289 9295
Balloon Adventures Dubai
Tel: +971 4 285 4949
Voyagers Extreme Dune Centre, Satwa
Tel: +971 4 345 4504
Dubai Autodrome ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 4 367 8700
Jebel Ali Go Karting
Paintball Dubai ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 4 324 4755
Micro Aviation Club ( Visit Site )
Tel: + 971 55 843 5254, + 971 50 145 7097
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 4 361 8111
Skydive Dubai ( Visit Page )
Tel: +971 50 154 2992
Wild Wadi ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 4 3484 444
Tel: +971 4 324 1222
Dreamland Aqua Park ( Visit Site )
Tel: +971 6 768 1888