Skydiving This activity has the maximum fear factor with jumpers going from 0 to a maximum 201 kilometres per hour when freefalling from 13,000 feet when they leap from a SkyDive Dubai plane. It will cost you Dhs1,750 for tandem jumps with a videographer but you’ll have to be a minimum of 18 years old and weigh no more than 100kgs or have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to take part.
Sandboarding Like snowboarding in the mountains but, well, doing it in the desert instead. For Dhs220 you can get four hours of practice in the bank at The Empty Quarter in Liwa Oasis. You’ll have to be at least 13 years old to take part. You get to don casual clothing and footwear but don’t let the chilled out clobber fool you into thinking it’s a happy-go-lucky sport. Sandboarding down Al Hamer, Dubai’s tallest sand dune at 100m, might just frighten the life out of you. If you really enjoy the thrill Above Sandboards sell some pretty cool handcrafted boards in Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.
Dune Bashing This is a fun one for all the family and you only have to be three years old to join in this one. Hop in an SUV at Big Red, Rub’ al Khali Desert – the second latest in the world at 250,000 square miles - and nearby deserts and for Dhs200 per person. A popular option alongside dune bashing is going on a desert safari, with some tour operators even providing camping options so you can sleep under the stars.
Ski, Snowboard, Toboggan Who would have thought you can go skiing in Dubai? Well you can in Mall Of The Emirates’ Ski Dubai as long as you’re at least three years old. For Dhs880, including a lesson, you can do any of these activities inside the centre which cost $400million to construct. The slope here has jumps and rails to challenge experienced skiers.
Bungee jumping Did you know the Bungee Jump World Record was set at 151 jumps in 24 hours right here in Dubai? The Dubai Autodrome made that claim to fame in 2014. You can experience the extreme sport at Dubai Gravity Zone which recently expanded its infrastructure. At 50 metres high, you must be at least 14 years old, a maximum weight of 120kgs and you can’t be pregnant or have a heart condition. The scary experience is yours for the cost of Dhs360.
Fear factor: 10/10 Power Play Football Center - Meydan Road, www.gravityzone.co (056 364 7997)
Shark diving Dubai’s shopping centre really are amazing. Earlier we shared how you can go skiing inside one and now another – The Dubai Mall – is offering the chance to swim with sharks. If you’re 10 years old plus, you can get a short diving course and go scuba diving with the scary creatures which are one of 33,000 in the tank. Fear factor: 8/10 The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200)
Fly boarding Every time a celebrity comes to town it seems to be the first thing they do. Soar across Dubai’s futuristic cityscape at a top speed of 40kilometres per hours at Jumeirah Harbour for Dhs300. Just bring your swimwear and you must be able to prove you’re at least 18 years old.
Microlighting For this one you’ll have to head out to Ras Al Khaimer to the Al Marmoom Desert Reserve. Fly over the mountains, desert, green plains and lagoons for 15 minutes at a cost of Dhs150. You must be at least 14 years old to do this and if you really get into it perhaps you’d like to expand your aerosports knowledge? The 2015 FAI World Air Games will be held in Dubai and is organised by the Emirates Sports Federation. It is the only world competition that brings together the various different air sports.
Fear Factor: 7/10
Racing Channel you inner Lewis Hamilton and head to Motor City as Dubai has the world’s longest straight circuit. In a BHO single-seater you’ll hit a speed of 100km per hour in four seconds. As a passenger you can whizz around for a little as Dhs100 and as a driver you’ll have to fork out Dhs875 to Dhs1200. It’s not available to those under 21 years old though. You’ll have a have a valid driving licence and the experience is only available to those with a weight up to a maximum of 118kg.
Water slides Dubai has the most extreme slides on the globe so get yourself down to Wild Wadi if that sounds like fun. A whopping 16 out of 24 of the park’s rides are interconnected and you must be at least 1.1metres tall to get on them. Children aged 13 and up are admitted entry, just hand over Dhs215 and adults cost Dhs255 to get in.