Do you want to quench your thirst for adventure? If you are someone who revels in the great outdoors, then there are several fun outdoor activities in the United Arab Emirates that are waiting for you.

Out and About

There is a reason why it is called the “great” outdoors. Not only is it a treat for the senses, but it also brings countless benefits for your health and wellbeing. For instance, walking in the woods or camping in forests can help alleviate acute stress.

Being out and about in nature has numerous advantages. Aside from helping a person feel better, it also helps in promoting physical fitness that can combat heart disease, muscle tension, vision problems, immune system issues, and other health concerns. It is also a good way to connect not only with the environment but also with other people.

Spending fun activities outdoors does not only lead people to connect with nature, but can also help enhance social relationships, and build friendships. These provide opportunities for meaningful conversations and developing a greater understanding of the relationship between people and the planet.

Explore the natural wonders of the United Arab Emirates

The UAE is known for its dynamic growth in terms of its economy, building infrastructure, and technology. Towering skyscrapers, mega-complexes, and unique expansive property developments have caught the world’s attention and interest. However, the emirates are not just home to these modern structures.

The UAE is also home to 43 nature reserves that comprise 14 percent of UAE territory. The government is also actively working towards a more sustainable environment and infrastructure to achieve its environmental goals by the year 2021. To do this, it is collaborating with various public and private agencies to develop and implement sustainability programs.

With these programs in place as well as with the efforts of local agencies, more and more people, especially the youth, are taking part in nature-based activities. Exciting events that allow people to commune with nature have been getting positive attention. Apps that make it even easier to connect with nature have been launched to give better and quicker access to activities that promote environmental awareness.

If you want to take part in these environmental escapades, here are three fantastic choices that you can seriously consider:

1. Nature After Dark

If you are naturally curious about the world around you and have a taste for adventure, then you will surely enjoy this two-hour experience.

Explore nature at the National Mangrove Park once the sun has set. With a kaleidoscope of sunset hues as your backdrop, keep your eyes peeled for the natural inhabitants of the mangroves. Listen to the natural sounds and let these fill you with serenity as you contemplate how you can help conserve and protect this natural ecosystem.

2. The Desert Escape Room

Escape rooms are all the rage for the young and young-at-heart. If this is something that you enjoy, then you will certainly love the desert-themed escape room inside a caravan.

Challenge your mind and body in unlocking secret codes, solving riddles and puzzles, and cracking covert strategies to get out of this physical adventure game. Whether you join in on the fun at the Dubai Fitness Village at Festival City or the Middle East Youth Expos at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, each venue is sure to bring in the fun and connect you with nature.

3. Al Dhabi Trek and Camp

If you get tired of the city lights, reconnect with nature as you travel out to the Qasr Al Sarab Protected Area. Get exclusive access into a national protected area where undulating dunes are home to one of the UAE’s most famous animals – the Arabian oryx. Not only will you be in the presence of the largest sand dunes in the emirate, but you will also get a chance to see other desert flora and fauna.

When dusk settles, set up camp and prepare your own food under a blanket of stars. Gather around a bonfire to exchange stories, thoughts, and ideas about how to treat the environment better. Before going to bed, you can also look up and stare at the sky and try to pinpoint constellations.

All these daytime and nighttime marvels can be had when you consciously choose to take part in an organized trip to the desert.

A Wonderful World

Life is not meant to spent indoors all the time. The world is created with such beautiful biodiversity that is meant to be admired and protected.

From surviving the wilderness at the Ras Al Khaimah mountains, snorkeling at the Ras Ghrab coral garden, or looking out for the endangered Hawksbill Turtles at Saadiyat Beach, there’s a wealth of activities you can participate in to help you connect and nurture your relationship with nature.