When it comes to entertainment and adventure, Abu Dhabi offers a plenty of choices. The scorching heat and suffocating humidity may be a bit unpleasant for outdoor activities, especially during summer and early autumn. However, the climate during the rest of the year is cooler and decidedly drier. Abu Dhabi has a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities to keep tourists and residents alike amused through out the year.
This is a popular outdoor activity among tourists. Many tour operators in the city organise Camel safaris. Together with historical backgrounds and traditional camel rides, the inland deserts such as the Liwa and Al Ain Oasis offer stunning views.
Though, cycling is a common mean of transportation for the locals, it has become a favourite leisure activity these days. Abu Dhabi provides many bicycle lanes that go through the skilfully developed public parks, gardens and roads in the city.
Fishing in Abu Dhabi is a unique experience. Catch fishes like the local favourite hammour or the Sailfish, Queen Fish, Shari, Kingfish and Dorado etc. Fishing is not allowed in all areas of the city so it is recommended to be guided by a tour operator. There are many tour operators in the city offering half-day fishing trips to suitable areas. A half-day fishing trip includes a modern fishing boat,fishing equipment, and an instructor.
Abu Dhabi has some excellent golf clubs that feature world-class facilities for players. The challenging PGA championship golf courses are also available to the visitors. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is the most popular club among the tourists. It includes an 18-hole course and a 9-hole course that appeal to all golfers.
What used to be known as the Abu Dhabi Golf & Equestrian Club is now called the Abu Dhabi City Golf Club. In 2009, the club underwent a complete refurbishment with improvements to its famous 9-hole grass course, making it a more thrilling and challenging golfing experience. The Abu Dhabi City Golf Club has been upgraded with top of the range facilities, and it is the only club in Abu Dhabi to offer a floodlit course, making it possible for those with busy schedules to even play during the evening, with tee times up to 8:30 p.m.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club ( Visit Site )
Location: Umm Al Nar, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: +971 2 558 8990
Abu Dhabi City Golf Club ( Visit Site )
Location: Al Mushrif Area, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: +971 2 445 9600
Al Ghazal Golf Club ( Visit Site )
Location: Near Abu Dhabi Airport, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: +971 2 575 8040
Al Dhafra Golf Links
Location: Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: +971 2 877 1600
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club ( Visit Site )
Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: +971 2 557 8000
Ice Skating ( Visit Site )
In Abu Dhabi, there are many indoor and outdoor skating rinks with artificial cooling systems. Zayed Sports City is an ideal centre for all the family activity located in Airport Road. It is a huge sports complex with an ice rink and a football stadium. The cool ice rink is a good way to get chilled during hot summer months without any delay.. This complex has a variety of amenities like bumper cars and video games to keep you fully entertained.
Tel: +971 2 403 4200
The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club is the organising body for local and international water sports and Jet Ski races. Powerboat Racing is a popular adventurous sport among tourists and locals. The UIM Formula One Power Boat Race is regularly organised to promote water sports activities in the Middle East. The competition is held every year in the month of May, and welcomes competitors from all around the world to display their skills.
Tel: +971 50 821 4842
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling ( Visit Site )
Scuba diving and snorkelling in the wonderful waters of the Persian Gulf is one of the most stunning and adventurous activities in Abu Dhabi. The all year round warm sea temperature gives the opportunity to watch and study an astonishing variety of fishes, sea mammals and other marine life in the crystal clear water. There is certainly no risk involved in this activity as sea in Abu Dhabi is said to be safe for tranquil snorkelling and scuba diving for all levels. A popular diving centre in Abu Dhabi is the Sub Aqua Club, which is a Sub-Section of The Club, Port Zayed.
Tel: +971 2 673 1111
Water and sand skiing is a favourite pass time activity in Abu Dhabi. For sand skiing, the tall sand dunes in Abu Dhabi provide excellent ski slopes and many safari tour operators around the city provide this opportunity. Water Skiing is always exciting and memorable activity in Abu Dhabi.
Must to do activity in Abu Dhabi, Wadi Bashing is an exhilarating sport activity, which offers great fun and entertainment to tourists looking for adventure. Experience the thrill of driving a 4WD at crazy speeds on a dry and rocky riverbed. There are many tour operators in the city offering trips to suitable locations.
Walking is the best way to explore the city. Many visitors on tour in Abu Dhabi enjoy walking in the evening as their leisure activity. Walking in Abu Dhabi offers a chance to carefully observe the brilliance of the city's landscapes, and many important attractions are being renovated to make them pedestrian friendly.
The Corniche, which runs along the east and west side of the island allows tourists to stroll around in their own time to admire the intriguing greenery and architecture.
For an adventure sport like Rock Climbing, Abu Dhabi offers well-sorted facilities to make the most out of your adventure holidays.
- Al Shaheen Adventures offers training in rock climbing so that you can learn proper climbing techniques, and apply them the best.
- The Club has an indoor climbing wall, which gives a feeling of climbing on natural rock formations.
Tel: +971 2 673 1111 (The Club), +971 50 828 3279 (Al Shaheen Adventures)
Sky diving is an action sport, also known as Parachuting. To take a taste of such an adventurous activity in Abu Dhabi, visit SkyVenture's vertical wind tunnel where powerful fans create a massive up-draught, and physically lifting you off your feet. Experience the thrill when being held in the mid-air. Travelling with friends, then contact Abu Dhabi Health & Fitness Club for indoor sky diving.
Tel: +971 2 446 3653
Head to Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain for a gruelling 11 km climb, and simply follow the 4x4 tracks surrounding mountains and hot springs. A perfect place for hardcore riders and those looking for an adventure in Abu Dhabi holidays.