Experience the emirates as never before thanks to its extraordinary outdoor offerings.
Beyond the dunes
With the winter weather nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to discover the return of Platinum Heritage’s unique morning drives. A wonderful way to venture out into the heart of the desert, these tours offer the chance to get up close with the region’s famed bird of prey, the majestic falcon. Embark on the interactive Heritage Falconry experience, which includes a drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover to a Bedouin camp where you’ll tuck into an authentic Emirati breakfast. While this already sounds like the ideal morning, you’ll soon discover that the main attraction, of course, is interacting with the wildlife as you learn to fly these birds of prey to your own glove. At the camp you’ll also enjoy a falconry show, meet adorable Arabian eagle owls and barn owls as well as Harris hawks. Visitors can also opt for the Platinum Falconry tour, which, in addition to a luxe Range Rover pick-up and gourmet breakfast, features a falconry demonstration focusing on hi-tech training techniques. 04 4409827
Few things can compare to the exhilaration of being out at sea and captaining your own boat. Fortunately, with Hero OdySEA’s self-drive boat tours, not only do you not need a licence to do so, but you can now also experience this epic adventure under the magical glow of sunset. Hop on this 60-minute self-drive tour – the only one of its kind in Dubai – and take in some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, including Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the archipelago of islands known as The World Islands and the ever-popular Kite Beach. Available as single-rider or double-rider boats, it’s possible to reach speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. Be sure to pack your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way and once the sun goes down, you’ll return to the marina for freshly grilled prawns and sparkling date juice to toast your adventurous afternoon. 04 4409827
Up, up and away
The new season of tours with Balloon Adventures is well underway and, if you’ve ever had a balloon ride on your bucket list, then this is one of the best times to go. Now including an in-flight falcon show, the hot air balloon company offers a unique aerial adventure quite unlike anything else in the world. Rising with the sun you’ll float more than 3,000 feet above the Dubai desert, spotting herds of gazelles and Arabian oryx grazing below you, all while trained peregrine falcons swoop alongside your balloon. It’s a truly magical moment and the only place in the world you can share this experience with these captivating birds. After your early morning spent in the air, you’ll come back down to earth for a drive in a 1950’s vintage Land Rover to an authentic Bedouin camp. There, you’ll have a chance to freshen up before settling down to a feast of breakfast delicacies including eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and caviar – the perfect end to a memorable morning. 04 4409827