Do you think world-champion extreme sports stars allow a bit of hot weather to stop them from getting their adrenaline fix this summer? No, they don’t. But then again, it’s really, really hot in Dubai right now – the last thing you want to be doing is scaling climbing walls, karting in the heat or diving in the boiling sea. So listen up, thrill-seekers: why not get your dose of extreme sports the Dubai way? Head for the great indoors this summer with our pick of the top ways to stay active with the added benefit of A/C.
Ominously called ‘The Wall’, Dorell Climbing’s pièce de résistance is the highest climbing wall in the UAE, standing at a vertigo-inducing 15m. Built to IFSC World Cup standards, it features overhangs, bouldering routes and lead routes to test your skills.
From Dhs50 for all-day climbing; monthly membership Dhs250 (plus Dhs60 one-off registration fee). Open Sun-Wed 3pm-11pm. Fri-Sat 2pm-10pm. Behind Dubai Trade Centre Apartments, DIFC, www.climbingdubai.com (04 306 5061)
What could be better than diving alongside fierce-looking sharks that are twice your size? Doing it in a huge tank while crowds of shoppers wander by, of course. Al Boom Diving lets you jump in the giant aquarium in the middle of The Dubai Mall, along with those massive sand tiger sharks, enormous stingrays and huge groupers, and all you need to do is have a pool diving session beforehand to learn the ropes. You may also need to have a screw loose – have you seen the size of those teeth?
Dhs625 for 30 minutes. Daily 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. The Dubai Mall Aquarium, Abdiving@emirates.net.ae, www.alboomdiving.com (04 342 2993)
Aerial assault course
The 30,000sq ft Adventure HQ store at Times Square Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road offers an indoor Cable Climb course suspended in the air above the store. Dangle from ropes and tyres, test whether you have the skills of a novice climber or an experienced mountaineer on the Climbing Pinnacle, or put ski equipment to the test in the extreme icy conditions of the Chill Chamber, where temperatures plummet to as low as -25°C.
Dhs50 per person for 30 minutes. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.adventurehq.ae (04 346 6824)
Don’t want to wait until the end of summer to beat your friends at the kart track? Us neither. That’s why we’ll be heading to the cooled 500m track inside the huge warehouse at Dubai Autodrome, which can accommodate up to 20 drivers at a time.
Dhs100 for 15 minutes. See website for timings. Dubai Autodrome, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8744)
Okay, it probably shouldn’t just be the summer heat that stops you from wanting to pick up a gun and open fire on a helpless animal, but the Meydan’s shooting simulator gets you as close as can be to the hunting experience without the feeling of guilt. Pick your ability level and immerse yourself in vivid digital environments.
Dhs120 for 40 minutes. Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, www.meydanhotels.com (04 381 3231)