Sunday Special Thrillseekers – Skydiving in Dubai

Skydiving (or Parachuting) has been one of the first items on my bucket list – ever since my teen years. I have not yet indulged this as the idea continues to partially freak me out. But then again so did bungee jumping and now I want to do that over and over. The first parachuting jump was way back in 1797 above Paris by André-Jacques Garnerin. Since then it has evolved in a recreational activity and a competitive extreme sport. 

Skydiving can be done in many places in the world, including the Greater Vancouver area though I think it would be quite spectacular to do in Dubai, UAE and see the incredible man-made Palm Jumeirah Island or the sands of the Arabian Dessert from the sky. From my research it seems that Skydive Dubai is the place to go (I couldn’t find any other operations) and they have a couple of options. Let’s take a look:

  • Tandem Skydiving – The best way to go for the novice or first-timer. You will be shown the whole process and what to expect. Then strapped to an experienced diver and off you go. Cameras will capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments for you. Tandem skydiving is offered at their dessert campus drop-zone and palm drop-zone.
  • Skydive School – Want to take it to the next level? Then take this course that includes classroom time and hands-free experience (8 jumps) so you can do it solo.  They offer the world’s largest skydiving school.

Not quite ready to jump out of a plane? Well there is iFly Dubai’s Indoor Skydiving. Here you will be inside a tunnel that keeps you and the instructor suspended at 4 metres above the ground simulating what actual skydiving is like. This sounds like it would be fun too.

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Tandem skydivers over the Palm Jumeirah Island, Dubai – Photo credit: Dubai Tourism, Skydiving over Palm JumeirahCC BY 3.0

*Note/Disclaimer – The decision to participate in high risk activities is a personal choice. Always research the activities and know the risks. Wanders The World is posting only for informational purposes and is in no way responsible for the choices made by anyone reading these posts.

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