Jumeirah Beach Residence
 

Places to Visit and Things to Do

Sports

Balloon Flights

Get up early for an hour’s trip into the desert for a sunrise balloon flight over the desert, and back in time for breakfast! There's few firms do it so pick up leaflets at your hotel. One to try is www.ballooning.ae that's Balloon Adventures on 04 285 4949.

Balloon in the Desert

Camel Riding

Everyone should try it at least once if only to experience the getting up and the sitting down as their front legs bend first, propelling you forward so you almost fall off the hump. Riding on the back of a camel through the desert is a UAE rite of passage and, if you've not been on one of the hairy humpbacks before, then why not take the opportunity to do so on a safari tour. Have a look at www.arabiannightstours.com, www.opdubai.com (Oasis Palm) and www.cyclonetours.com to see what's possible.

Deep Sea Fishing

All the equipment you'll need is provided with bait available on board, on a deap sea fishing trip from, amongst others, Oasis Palm Tourism. More info at www.opdubai.com or by ringing 04 268 6826. Alternatively have a look at Al Wasl's Cruising & Fishing website www.cruiseindubai.com or ring them on 295 0516. Also visit www.deltaadventures.ae.

Desert Driving Training

'Beware - without proper training desert driving can be dangerous, even life-threatening! Desert driving is a tough challenge that asks a lot of both car and driver but, once you've mastered the skill, it opens up the vast UAE deserts and can be amazing fun and it only takes a day of training. The training alone is fun - you can look forward to exhilarating moments as you learn to safely manouvre your way up and down the picture-perfect dunes. Of course, no session is complete without getting stuck deep in sand, but this leads to another valuable lesson - always remember to pack a shovel and make sure you always travel in a convoy of at least two cars (and that's not your ordinary 2-wheel drive road car!). When you get stuck, and everyone does, you'll be glad of an extra pair of hands, or a tow. There are various desert driving schools. Here's one to try for starters - Emirates Driving Institute - visit www.edi-uae.com. Good luck!' - Taken from the April 2011 edition of Explorer's 'UAE live work explore' magazine. For more essential information, and detailed rundowns (including maps and GPS points) on the very best routes to take in the UAE and Oman, pick up copies of 'UAE Off-Road Explorer' and 'Oman Off-Road Explorer'. Alternatively have a look at www.deltaadventures.ae.

Diving

Whether you're a complete beginner or a veteran diver there's no shortage of sub-aqua activities to choose from in and around Dubai. With more than 80 wrecks, scuba divers are well catered for. Have a look at, amongst many others, www.scubauae.com, www.desertsportsdivingclub.net, www.scubatravel.co.ukwww.deltaadventures.ae or www.freestyledivers.com.

Dune Buggies

Join an organised trip into the desert for a 1500cc dune buggy adventure in the sand dunes. Great fun! Check out www.deltaadventures.ae.

Ferrari World

Yes we know it's not in Dubai, but if for any reason you visit Abu Dhabi you must add on a visit here. An amazing theme park that's like no other. Apart from two rides that involve you being outdoors for just a minute, the theme park is indoors, which can be very welcome in the heat, but the vast building feels airy and light with lots of foliage to give an outdoor feel to it. It's at Yas Island, home of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. Tel: 02 496 8001 www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Golf

Dubai has an ever-increasing wealth of luxurious golf courses and of course hosts the annual PGA Dubai Desert Classic. Visit our section on Golf in Dubai for much more information.

Horse Racing

A favourite pastime amongst Dubai's elite, racing until recently was based at the Nad Al Sheba track. However since 2010 it's the Meydan Racecourse that now hosts, amongst others, the world's most valuable horse race. This is not just a state of the art horse racing track, it's also an entertainment complex with a Marina, apartments, a five star hotel and even an IMAX cinema. The grandstand has a capacity of 60,000 people and the car park holds almost 9,000 cars. The Dubai World Cup is the place to be seen. The course has two tracks, one being a 1750m all-weather course with the other a 2400m turf track. For more info and dates of race meetings and other events visit www.meydan.ae and www.dubai-horse-racing.com.

Ice Skating

Yes, everything is possible in the heat of Dubai. Visit Dubai Mall for an Olympic-sized ice skating rink. They even have a disco on ice! Alternatively, at the Hyatt Regency you'll find the Galleria Ice Rink, one of Dubai's longest running winter sports venues

iFLY Dubai

The UAE's first indoor free-fall skydiving experience. Open daily from 9am 'iFLY is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers'. It's a vertical wind tunnel that moves air up in a vertical column. Prices include all equipment (flight suit, goggles,, helmet, ear plugs, socks and shoes) and a flight certificate. Various packages, including training, are available. At 1st Floor, South Side, Playnation, Mirdif City Centre Mall which is in Mirdif near the junction of Emirates Road and Tripoli Street. Tel : 04 231 6292. More info at www.iflyme.com.

Kite Surfing*

You’ll need a licence to try it and you can only do it on Wollongong Beach (Kite Beach), the public beach on Jumeirah Road. Go to watch almost any afternoon except Fridays and public holidays. See www.kitesurf.ae or www.deltaadventures.ae.

Polo

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club is the venue of choice for equestrian activity in Dubai. Regular polo matches take place and riding, show jumping and dressage lessons are available. The beautiful and lush grounds along with a distinctively Spanish 'hacienda' style club house is helping the club gain in popularity as a destination for dining, leisure, business and entertainment. More info at www.poloclubdubai.com or on 4 364 8111.

Sandboarding

'Tell a snowboarder that sandboarding is like snowboarding and you'll get an evil glare. Any wakeboarder will do likewise; sandboarding is a sport of its own and requires balance, strength and plenty of tenacity. Once you climb your way to the top of the dune, it's best to wax the bottom of the board to reduce friction between the board and the sand. Strap your feet onto the board, bending your back knee slightly and slide on down, using your heels and toes to turm. Easy peasy...' (Explorer - UAE live work explore' April 2011). Have a look at www.deltaadventures.aewww.arabiannightstours.com, www.opdubai.com (Oasis Palm) and www.cyclonetours.com to see what's possible.

Ski Dubai*

In Mall of the Emirates – you can hire all you need. An indoor ski resort with five different runs of varying difficulty, 6000 tons of snow and zorbing, sledging, snowboarding, snowballing, teaching and kids areas maintained at one degree Centigrade. Play with Ski Dubai's resident Snow Penguins (ask separately) or try the Snow Bullett. It's equipped not only with chairlifts but - this being Arabia - flying carpets as well. Plus The Avalanche Cafe. Tel : 409 4000. For much more information visit our dedicated page on Ski Dubai.

Soccer Circus

A unique, fully interactive football attraction, engaging visitors in a series of exciting, immersive football challenges. The facility houses a uniquely advanced football experience with a virtual coach, football simulators and five-a-side pitches. Aspiring professionals, and others, can test their fancy footwork through a series of intense, fast-paced skill games in a fully fledged training academy that culminates in the lively, dynamic PowerPlay played in a true-to-life stadium atmosphere. Suitable for almost all ages and abilities, have soccer fun in a safe, indoor, controlled environment. At Playnation, Mirdif City Center Mall near the junction of Emirates Road and Tripoli Street. More info at www.soccercircusme.com.

World Sporting Events

Get your timing right and you can visit one of the world's great sporting events such as the PGA Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship (ATP & WTA), the World Offshore Powerboat Championship, the nearby Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, Dubai World Cup (thoroughbred racing) or the Dubai Marathon.

* This attraction is at or near a stop on a Big Bus Tour.

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