Hurrah, it's almost Spring Break! And, if you and your family have plans to stay in the UAE for the holidays, then WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has everything you need to make the most of the great-outdoors.
For UAE residents, the Spring Break is traditionally the last opportunity to get to get outside before the sweltering summer truly arrives. And, with so many new outdoor activities opening across the Emirates recently, it's also the perfect time to try them out.
*March/April days can be highly changeable, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com recommends always checking the weather forecast prior to booking, planning activities for either early morning or late afternoon (or even evening- where possible) and remember to apply sun protection, (sun-hats, high SPF cream and drinking water).
Soothing Nature: Al Noor Island Sharjah
What is it? A gorgeous nature reserve in the very heart of Sharjah’s Al Majaz waterfront.
What is there to do? While-away a day in this city-centre nature haven. Take a guided tour around the butterfly house and witness the hundreds of new chrysalises open into new butterflies. Stroll around the island's various walkways, and explore the art installations, trampoline paths, literature house and play-park, and then relax with a snack at the uber-modern coffee-house.
Price: Adults AED 50, children/OAPs AED 30
Opening hours: 9am to 11pm weekdays/9am to 12am weekends/butterfly-house 9am to 6pm
Location: Al Majaz Waterfront, Central Sharjah
21st Century Archaeology Experience & Adventure Fun: Mleiha Archeology Site
What is it? Bronze-age burial tombs brought to life with the Mleiha app and super-cool sand-bike hire.
What is there to do? Tour the site 2300-year-old burial site located in the shadow of the magnificent Jebel Faya mountain. Hire unique sand-bikes and cycle take the archaeology tour. Explore the visitor centre packed with interactive displays and have a break in the new coffee shop.
There’s also additional: dune buggy tours, star-gazing evenings, paragliding tours (10 years plus), adventure trekking, off-road extreme driving tours, walking tour of Fossil Rock, and sunset lounge with BBQ dinner all on site- however these must be arranged/paid for separately.
Price: Adults: AED 25/children under 12 AED 15/Children under 3 free/family pass AED 55
Opening hours: Saturday to Wednesday 9am to 7pm/weekend 9am to 9pm
Location: Mleiha Road, Sharjah (40 minutes’ drive from Dragon Mart towards Fujeirah)
Go Wild: Aventura Nature Walk Mushrif Park
What is it? A high wire adventure experience through the Mushrif Forest Park.
What is there to do? Choose from the various course options, (from easy/family to tough for those who are super-fit). In total the park has 85 different activities including: ladders, ziplines, rope walks, log balancing and more...
Choose the course most suitable for you and head out into the gorgeous natural forest habitat.
Price: Adults: AED 150/children AED 60
Opening hours: 9.30am to 6pm daily
Location: Mushrif Park, Dubai
High Octane Mountain Adventure: Jebel Jais- RAK
What is it? A brand-new adventure complex based around and up the UAE’s highest mountain.
What is there to do? Get ready for a day of walking, scrambling, climbing and ziplining along a 1 km/ four hour mountain course. Join your own professional instructor as you traverse the mountainside, working your way up to the impressive 300 metre zipline.
Price: Adults and children 12 plus: AED 400 per person
Opening hours: Two climbs per day/9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm
Location: Meeting point at the hotel Tulip Inn, RAK
A Day Out for ALL the Family: BarkPark Dubai
What is it? A fully licensed, safe and secure park for dogs (and kids) to run wild!
What is there to do? Based in Al Awir, this traditional Emirati farm is located on the very edge of the Al Awir desert and offers gorgeous panoramic views. The fully-enclosed park is dedicated to all things 'doggie,' with separate areas for both large and small dogs. There's doggie swimming pools, home-made treats for the canines and complimentary chai and khawa for thirsty owners.
Price: AED 50 1st dog/AED 25 other dogs for unlimited time (human entrance is FREE)
Opening hours: Selected hours/contact the Bark-Park Facebook page for details
Location: Al Awir (just past the Al Awir-military base), Dubai
All at Sea: Water-sports at Umm Al Quwain Marine Club
What is it? Family friendly marine club now offering even more water-sport activities.
What is there to do? Who says Umm Al Quwain is sleepy? The marine club offers some of the best water-sports activities and facilities available in the UAE.
Situated on the banks of Umm Al Quwain’s mangrove lagoon, the marine club offers both lessons and experiences in: water-skiing, wake-boarding, wind-surfing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle-boarding, knee-boarding and banana-boat rides.
Then there’s the club-house for lunch, kids maze, pool and rock-climbing wall when you’re done!
Price: Varies depending on activity and hours
Opening hours: Daily
Location: Umm Al Quwain