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When you're about to land at the Dubai International Airport, you'll fall in love with its cityscape characterised by towering skyscrapers and artistically-crafted islands. This glamorous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) never fails to impress its tourists with its globally-renowned attractions, which include the world's tallest building and the world's second-largest mall.

Upon booking cheap holidays to dubai with any of the leading tour operators, you'll have greater savings to explore some of its famous attractions. However, visiting all these attractions is not the only thing to do in Dubai. There are many outdoor activities you can indulge in while holidaying in this charming city of the UAE:

1. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride
Hot air balloon ride

Over the past few years, this activity has become quite popular among tourists visiting the city. You can soar to greater heights in one of the hot air balloons and savour the awe-inspiring views of the desert and other dramatic landscapes from above. During your ride above the desert, you'll have a wonderful time while passing through the golden dunes, green oases, and camels wandering in the desert. If you're travelling with your entire family, it would be a great visual treat for you and your loved ones.

2. Experience the desert safari
desert safari

If you wish to understand how being in the desert feels like, a desert safari is highly recommended. You can book these tours with any of the local operators and get picked up in a 4x4 vehicle from your hotel, which would then take you to the serene desert far from the hustle-bustle of the city. Once you’re on the golden dunes, you'll have many things to do, such as riding a camel, getting photographed with a falcon, and witnessing a delightful sunset. You can also try sandboarding in the presence of your guide. This activity would give you the right dose of thrills as you glide down the dunes with your feet strapped to a board that looks similar to a snowboard.

3. Skydive over the artificial islands

Before even visiting Dubai, you might've dreamt of jumping off from a helicopter and hovering on one of the artificial islands of the city. Now, you can fulfil your dream with skydiving, which involves being transported to an altitude of 14,000 feet in a helicopter and diving over an artificial island, such as Palm Jumeirah. You'll feel the adrenaline rush as the doors of the helicopter open and the wind rushes towards you amidst the roaring sound of its blades. When you're floating in the sky, you can enjoy a glimpse of Burj Khalifa, The Atlantis, and other spectacular attractions from above.

4. Take a ride in an 'abra'
Abra ride

During your time spent in Dubai, you'll also have the chance to discover a different side of the Emirati city while travelling through the waters on a traditional boat called 'abra'. It is a simple boat and bears a certain resemblance to the gondolas of Venice and is a dependable form of transport used in this part of the world for many centuries. A trip on this traditional boat down the Dubai Creek would give you some unforgettable moments as you'll get to explore the traditional markets or 'souks' of the city, such as the Gold Souk, Textile Souk, and Spice Souk.


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