Over the years, the United Arab Emirates has evolved to be one of the most-visited countries in the world, thanks to its amazing tourist attractions which people from all across the globe can’t help but want to see.

If the country hadn’t developed technologically to what it is today, it wouldn’t be getting all the buzz it’s been getting for years because firstly, the weather can be very hot especially during the peak of the summer and secondly, it’s an Arab country. The more westernized UAE has been getting all the global attention, coupled with the fact that it is home to both the world’s tallest building, the world’s only 7 star hotel, the largest mall, and so much more.

When you’re in the UAE, you can never run out of things to do. Whether you’re in Abu Dhabi, the more exotic Dubai, or the more cultural Sharjah, you will always find yourself engrossed with the beauty of this country. There are lots of outdoor activities you can engage in; from camping to hosting BBQ parties, the list just never stops.

Here are the top 10 best outdoor activities to try in the UAE.

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1. Swimming

When you’re in the UAE between April and September, you will mostly get the urge to be in a cool water because it is always super hot during this period. There are lots of swimming pools across the country so it depends on your location but wherever you are, you’re sure to find an amazing pool which will be just enough for you. You can also decide to have a more adventurous time at the beach, being beside the ocean and enjoy all the coolness.

2. Camping

Okay, this is more adventurous than the first one and it is always very fun-filled when you camp anywhere in the country. Desert camping is the most amazing type of camping because you’ll get to play lots of other amazing outdoor games like dune bashing and quad biking. Whether you’re going with your family and friends or you’re joining some random group of people, camping is an activity you will definitely enjoy.

3. Hosting a BBQ Party

Whether you’re hosting this at the back of your house or heading out to the desert to have an amazing BBQ time out, it’s always memorable to do something as fun-filled as hosting a BBQ party. There are also parks that are known as dedicated barbeque areas and it won’t cost you too much to host your friends here but leaving your dirt untouched will definitely be frowned at. Anywhere you’re settling for, make sure you have the best fun you can have and also keep the place clean.

4. Playing Beach Volleyball

Whenever you’re bored and you can’t quite get your head around it, just pick up your ball and head to any kite beach where you’ll find people already playing volleyball at different nets across the beach. This will quite relieve you of any kind of stress you might have gone through prior to taking part in the beach volleyball and you’re sure to feel great afterwards.

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5. Horse Riding

Although this might be quite expensive because you can only get quality horse riding at exclusive Polo clubs in the country. You can find the best clubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, enroll and have the best horse riding experience. You might as well opt for a cheaper option which is to head to a beach where horses are made available just so you can get a simple yet memorable horse ride.

6. Car Racing

There’s no better fun than having a friendly car race on the Grand Prix track of the popular Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. You can also enjoy equal features at the Dubai Autodrome which possesses excellent facilities with equally experienced instructors that will help you make your race a memorable and safe one.

7. Off-Road Tours

There’s no better place to have the best off-road experience than the United Arab Emirates because the country has the perfect spots for off-road rides. Enjoy desert safari rides with your powerful SUV and create wonderful and life-long memories for yourself in the process.

8. Rock Climbing

If you want to try something a little bit extreme, you can try mountaineering or rock climbing. Rock climbing is also a great way to exercise your body, and can also serve as a great stress therapy for some, although it is very advisable to go with an organized groups as there can be some dangers but going with an organized group means you’ve reduced any chances of vulnerability.

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9. Cycling

Cycling is some sort of a body exercise too and we suggest you cycle more when in the less busy part of the country. Places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are mostly very busy so you should always be careful when choosing a location where you can safely cycle. That’s not to say there are no such places in the aforementioned places, it’s just always very wise to look for places that are not always busy with ongoing cars.

10. Hot Air Balooning

If you love to go high up so you can enjoy the landscape views of some parts of the UAE, hot air ballooning is the ideal activity for you. There are several companies that offer this kind of service across the UAE and whichever one you choose, just make sure it’s the type that will make you achieve your hot air ballooning dreams.