Sports & Adventure

Dubai is well known as a city of dreamers, risk-takers, and adventurers. There are numerous activities - in the air, on land and on the sea - to keep your adrenaline levels high during your visit.

For additional information or to make arrangements kindly contact our Concierge at +971 4 818 2146 or DXBPD.Concierge@waldorfastoria.com.


Learn how to train and fly these powerful predators of the sky. Dating back 3,000 years, falconry is still a firm part of Arabic culture. Feel the velvety soft feathers of an owl, have a hawk gently sit on your gloved fist, and marvel at the breathtaking speed and agility of a falcon as its swoops down at well over 100 km/h.

Helicopter Tour

See all that Dubai has to offer: Burj Khalifa, ‘The Palm’, Burj Al Arab, and all of the historic sites and glistening beaches from your personal aerial tour in a helicopter. A tour is often either 15 or 25 minutes.

Visit helidubai

Sea Plane

Hire a sea plane for an aerial sightseeing tour of Dubai. The water landings and take-offs are mind-blowing moments of this spectacular journey. This tour provides clear views of Dubai’s skyline and coastline at the same time.

Visit Seawings


Visit Skydive Dubai to take the ultimate plunge. You will be treated to world-class, birds-eye views of the Palm Jumeirah (and the Waldorf Astoria) as well as the surrounding area, including Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. First time jumpers will go ‘tandem’ with an instructor.

Location:Between Dubai Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residences
Driving Time:    20 min.

Visit Skydive Dubai

Cycling, Blading and Boarding

Palm Jumeirah stretches into the Arabian Gulf in the shape of a palm tree and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11kms-long breakwater. The 6 km walkway lining the water at Dubai Marina provides wide paths for cycling, rollerblading, walking and running. The open beach in Jumeirah also provides a good beach cycling path (opposite Jumeirah Mosque). Carry ID when cycling and wear a helmet (compulsory).


About 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai is a desert with the largest dunes in the country. Sandboarding is best enjoyed in the morning when temperatures are not too high and it’s best to start on smaller dunes and work your way up to a more challenging slope. A sand boarding safari tour picks guests up at around 8am and returns to the hotel around 12:30pm.

Indoor Skateboarding

Rage Skate Bowl is a great skateboarding hall for those who know how to skate. Adult lessons are also on offer.

Location:Dubai Mall
Driving Time:    30 min.
Opening Hours:     
Sunday - Wednesday    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday - Saturday10:00 AM - Midnight

Visit Rage Bowl

Car Racing

Experience the thrill of car racing at the Dubai Autodrome. Start with track and technique training, enabling you to learn the racing lines and Dubai Autodrome circuit configuration, and then rev up the engine for exciting laps behind the wheels of a fancy car.

Location:Dubai Autodome
Driving Time:    40 min.
Opening Hours:     
Sunday - Monday    Indoor 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
 Outdoor 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday - Saturday    Indoor 9:00 AM - Midnight
 Outdoor 9:00 AM - Midnight

Visit Dubai Autodome

Quad Biking

Experience the Arabian Desert on a Quad bike adventure. Take the thrilling experience of driving the quad bike in the sand dunes of Dubai.

Motorcycle Rental

Rent a Harley- Davidson whilst you cruise next to uncrowded beaches on pure white sand, ride in the desert or ride downtown Old Dubai. You can also rent a Honda or BMW motorcycle.

Sports Car Rental

Exotic and luxury car rentals including Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin and many more are available for booking through our hotel Concierge.

Horse Riding

Dubai has several equestrian clubs, including Emirates Equestrian Centre. Established in 1983, the centre provides equestrian sports for the people of Dubai such as show-jumping, eventing and dressage competitions. Start your day watching the sun rise from the back of an Arabian horse at Al Maha Horse Riding. Experienced riders can go to the dunes from the private stables of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. The Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa has air-conditioned stables and a spacious paddock for riding instruction. The Dubai Polo and Equestrian club teaches students of all ages and skill levels, from show jumping and dressage to Polo.

Target Shooting

The Jebel Ali Shooting Club has an indoor and outdoor shooting academy, where you can enjoy clay shooting, archery and you can even bring out your inner ‘James Bond’ at pistol shooting.

Location:Jebel Ali
Driving Time:    45 min.
Opening Hours:     
Wednesday - Monday    1:00 PM - 8:45 PM
 (1 November - 31 May)
Wednesday - Monday    4:00 PM - 10:45 PM
 (1 June - 31 October)
*Closed Tuesdays 

Visit Jebel Ali Activity Centre

Indoor Skiing and Snowboarding

Go skiing or snowboarding in the desert at Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The freestyle zone has jumps and rails that change on a regular basis, plus fortnightly freestyle ski nights. Ski Dubai is great for beginner lessons in a controlled environment.

Location:Mall of the Emirates
Driving Time:    20 min.
Opening Hours:     
Sunday - Wednesday    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - Midnight
Friday    9:00 AM - Midnight
Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Visit Ski Dubai

Indoor Ice Skating

The Dubai Ice Rink at Dubai Mall is a sensational Olympic-sized ice rink. For those looking to experience ice skating for the first time to those keen to master their skills, Dubai Ice Rink is a destination of endless fun for everyone.

Location:Dubai Mall
Driving Time:    25 min.
Opening Hours:     
Sunday - Wednesday    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 11:15 AM - Midnight
Friday and Saturday    11:00 AM - Midnight

Visit Dubai Ice Rink

Squash and Tennis

Squash courts are available at nearby hotels in the Dubai Marina. The hotel’s tennis court is located in the garden. Ask the Concierge about guided lessons with a Tennis Pro.


The Palm is a popular running route for residents. Runners can travel along the 11.5 km Crescent or one way to the Atlantis route, around 5.5km. The Palm provides a very unique and beautiful coastline view that makes exercising very pleasant.


Our lagoon and infinity pools are located in the central garden and are the ideal location for a nice relaxing swim. The private beach is another option where the sea is protected by the fronds of the Palm Jumeirah. Guests are asked to stay within the marked swimming area.


The hotel provides trips for bottom fishing for local reef fish or trolling trips for game fish such as kingfish, barracuda or the strong Queenfish. Boats are fully equipped with gear and refreshments.

Boat Cruises

Cruise around Palm Jumeirah to the prestigious Dubai Marina or around Dubai’s shoreline with the backdrop of the Burj Al Arab and beyond. Arrangements can be made for every day enjoyment or for special occasions.


The coast around Dubai is filled with wrecks, some dating back to the 1960s that were intentionally sunk to create new habitats for marine life. Gather interesting insights into the nautical history by diving around the East Coast, offering some of the best diving available in the U.A.E. Natural coral reefs flourish at coastal dive sites.

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