The adrenaline junkie's guide to Abu Dhabi Night kayaking in Yas Island

The adrenaline junkie's guide to Abu Dhabi

Whether you're an adrenaline junkie in need of a hit or just want to get away from the skyscrapers and shopping malls Abu Dhabi has the sport for you...

Need a reason to get out of the city, but don't want to leave Abu Dhabi itself? We found some of the coolest activities to get you outside and get your adrenaline pumping. Personally experience your own Grand Prix, go off-roading through the sandy desert, or kayak with only the moon and cityspace illuminating the scene. Whatever it is you chose, make sure to bring your sense of adventure. 

Day or night kayaking

Noukhada Adventure Company offers both day and night excursions by kayak from Yas Beach. We love the idea of kayaking at night around the Yas Island mangroves. Evening guided tours start at 7pm and they last around 2 hours. LED lights are attached to your board so you’ll get a good view of the fish and other marine life under the water.

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Off-roading across the desert is a favourite pastime for locals and ex-pats a like. Race an off-road buggy around the fully floodlit outdoor fourteen-turn ‘Race of Champions’ circuit. The course includes a bridge and underpass so motor sport enthusiasts can prove their skills and test their limits. Racers start with the 24-horse power and can advance to the 101-horse power Can Am Maverick 1000R car before driving the ultimate off-road monster Rage buggy with 140-horse power. If you’re worried about dust, the surface has been treated with an eco-friendly dustless application that allows fast paced action without the dust and loss of vision.

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Flyboarding is a water sport where you’re able to fly through air and across the water. The rider stands on a board and wears a jetpack that shoots high-pressure water, propelling the rider into the air. Flyboarding is popular in the UAE, and it seems every celebrity (including rapper Drake) that visits our shores has to try it. Fly Boards UAE offers rentals from Cassells Hotel Resort in Ghantoot.

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Extreme go-karting

The Motor Sports Centre at Al Forsan offers both competitive and non-competitive track events. Racers can select either the 13-horse power Le Mans Kart or the 18-horse power Le Mans Extreme Kart to show off their driving skills. The custom built frame and wrap around safety system give drivers a secure platform to race the powerful engine around the 1.2km track at exhilarating speeds. Get ready to burn some rubber.



Experienced and novice sailors can set sail across the Abu Dhabi sea with Noukhada Adventure Company. They offer Topaz and Hobie sail boat rentals and sailing lessons from Yas Beach. Explore the islands, rare mangroves, and channels: a truly unique experience. There’s a possibility you’ll see dolphins, ostrich, herons, and flamingos on your tour.

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Race track driving experiences

With the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix coming up, why not test your driving skills and race the Yas Marina Circuit like a professional? Yas Marina Circuit offers thrill seekers driving experiences in a range of high-powered vehicles. Take the famous Formula Yas 3000 for a spin, or perhaps a cruise in the luxurious Mercedes AMG, Aston Martin GT4, or the fun Chevrolet Camaro. They offer drifting, drag racing and kids’ first driving lessons.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)


This is one of our favourite activities as it’s fun and you get to work on your tan while getting a great core workout. You can rent paddleboards from Noukhada Adventure Company and paddle around the clear blue water from Yas Beach.