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Time Out Dubai staff
Catch a chillin’ sunset Few things encapsulate Dubai better than watching the sun set over the city’s iconic skyline. Why not check out Zero Gravity for its stunning panoramic views of the city and 39-metre infinity pool, down in the Marina. Ladies’ night on Tuesdays offer Dhs100 unlimited food and drinks for ladies from 8pm, with gents able to join the action for Dhs200 from 10pm. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, www.0-gravity.ae (04 399 0009).
Carve some waves… Get a white-knuckle ride on the waves of Dubai’s coastline by going jet-skiing down behind Dubai Marina Mall. Jet Ski Dubai offers a ride for Dhs300 in a 7km area of calm water, just 20 minutes from Dubai Marina. From Dhs600 (one hour). www.jetskidubai.com (055 903 1664).
…Or carve through some dunes Carving through mountainous sand dunes is exhilarating and terrifying in equal measure. Nigh on limitless dessert and a full tank of gas will give you a day to remember. Don’t forget your bandana. Or your sun cream. And don’t get lost. Well, do, so much that you enjoy it, but not properly lost. Explorer Tours offers thrill-seekers the choice of a single-seater or two-seater buggy, the more powerful latter boasting 110HP, but both are equally fun. Their half-day tour takes place in an area of desert around 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai, with morning and afternoon pick-ups. Dhs550 per person (single seater), Dhs425 per person sharing. Dhs454 per person (two seater). Explorer Tours, www.explorertours.ae, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 286 1991).
Touch the sky over the Dubai desert Xcitor Trikes are part kart, part jet-propelled, part parachute-controlled flying machines, which are so new to this world that Dubai is one of the only cities offering licensed pilots. See Dubai from a different angle - enhance the view with a pair of Ray Ban Chromance lenses for the ultimate real-world filter. Dhs750 (30 minutes). Skyhub Paramotors, Skydive Dubai Desert Campus, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.skyhubparamotors.ae (052 983 3642).
Take to the seas If the sky’s not your thing, perhaps the water will be? 4Yacht Arabia can cater for your every nautical whim, and if you fancy throwing a big bash aboard a boat, they’ve got boats for any occasion – from 33ft to 135ft. The company is based down at Dubai Marina and can arrange yacht charters from any marina in the country in luxury crafts of varying size. It can also tailor fishing trips if you fancy some quiet time. Prices vary. Book online at www.4yachtchartering.ae (800 922 48).
Learn to levitate… sort of While you’re in the water, head down to Jumeirah Fishing Harbour and experience water-propelled hoverboarding, or flyboarding, more specifically. SeaRide Dubai, whose jet-ski tours are among Trip Advisor’s top activity ratings of its kind, offer you the opportunity to levitate above the water and float around like a water-propelled superhero – and who wouldn’t want that? Dhs300 (20 minutes). SeaRide Dubai, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, www.searide-dubai.com (055 157 8393).
Get in a quick round at The Els Club One of the most beautiful courses in Dubai, the Els Club – named after South African legend Ernie Els – features one of the best 18-hole experiences you’ll find around. Tee shots are generally forgiving, but accuracy when approaching the green is essential, unless you fancy taking your bucket and spade with you. Expect top-notch service from the moment you arrive, and the bonus treat of your very own engraved Els Club bag tag to show off to your mates. Prices vary. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City, www.elsclubdubai.com (04 425 1000).
Make a splash at Aquaventure If serenity isn’t your thing, perhaps a 42 acre waterpark up at the Atlantis will be more to your liking. A day in the sun next to one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks at the steroid-pumped Aquaventure is the ideal place for thrills, spills and chills. Safety is a priority, with lifeguards every 10 metres on each ride, and queues are generally pretty orderly and quick. All in all, an all-round experience for all age groups. From Dhs260. Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com/aquaventure (04 426 0000).
Paddleboard the Palm Learn to paddleboard and take a tour around the fronds from the beach at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa to Atlantis The Palm. Classes are led by qualified instructors and you can get fit and see the sights all from the calm of the Arabian Gulf. Book tours online. Dhs125 (lesson and tour). Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa www.seayou.ae (04 420 6100).
Find your Zen Yoga is synonymous with relaxation, calmness and an untangling of stress. Relax your muscles on the Palm Jumeirah beach, perfect your lotus, warrior or shavasana under the night sky, with the Dubai Marina skyline for company. With monthly sessions occurring, Fairmont The Palm’s beach yoga session is a 90-minute class including a half hour mediation session for just Dhs75 per person. Dhs75. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Book by emailing Palm.Healthclub@Fairmont.com (04 457 3330).
Desert Safari The best way to truly appreciate what life in the UAE was like before its meteoric rise from sand to skyscrapers is to actually experience it for yourself. Get out into the wilderness and experience what the city once was with a desert safari and overnight stay in a Bedouin camp. Platinum Heritage shows you another side of the country with the wonders of Arabian days and nights. Bedouin evening entertainment and accommodation promises you a night under the stars, miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Dhs895. Pick-up from locations across Dubai, www.platinum-heritage.com.