Find your inner thrill-seeker this year at Adventure HQ
Time Out Dubai staff
Feel like you played it a little safe in 2016? Then perhaps 2017 is the year to add some adventure to your life. Here in the UAE, there are a surprising number of ways to do just that, and it can all start at Adventure HQ, a one-stop shop for all your outdoorsy needs.
Launched in 2011 in Dubai, Adventure HQ now boasts three branches in Dubai – at Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road, which also houses an Adventure Zone, at The Beach, JBR, and there’s a dedicated Adventure Zone at The Galleria Mall on Al Wasl Road. There are also two branches in Abu Dhabi – at Dalma Mall and Yas Mall. So not only does it sell all the outdoor adventure equipment you might need – from footwear to fishing rods, camping tools to kayaks – but you can also head to the Adventure Zone for a spot of indoor adrenaline-fuelled fun.
The Adventure Zone in Times Square Center boasts the nine-metre-high “Climbing Pinnacle”, which resembles a real rock face, and a “Cable Climb”, an obstacle course suspended seven metres in the air and designed to thoroughly challenge your head for heights.
There’s also a “Chill Chamber”, a -25°C space in which to test gear designed for cold conditions before you buy it (or perhaps just to test your nerve).
On top of all that, the team has built up quite an adventurous community, and you can be part of that by becoming a member of the Adventure Club. It’s free to join and entitles you to special offers and invitations to exclusive events, among other things.
And if you’ve been eyeing up that stand-up paddleboard for a while, now could be the perfect time to snap it up, as, while stocks last, you can bag up to 70 percent off some seriously cool equipment. What are you waiting for? Various locations including Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 346 6824).