Most of us enjoy exploring the world. Some of us even enjoy adding adrenaline-pumping activities such as paragliding, kayaking or scuba diving to our travel itineraries.
Unfortunately, many of these activities have been restricted in the last year, leaving many jetsetters with a severe case of the vacation blues.
As the tourism sector begins to bounce back, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s ‘Stay Adventurous’ website is ready help you in the meantime. This exciting online platform offers 360-degree virtual tours of fun and freewheeling activities, transporting viewers to the heart of Abu Dhabi’s stunning views and diverse offerings.
The 360-degrees videos are also designed to help you plan your real-life vacation to Abu Dhabi. So here are a few of the experiences that should get you excited for more:
1. Yas Marina Circuit
If you enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with extreme velocity, this is a must-watch video. The 360-degree tour of Yas Marina Circuit, the home of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, takes you on a journey through every twist and turn of the iconic racetrack. You can also experience what it is like to cycle around the track as well as trying out the nearby karting track.
2. Water Sports Adventures
For those who like to get wet and wild the ‘Stay Adventurous’ page offers virtual tours of some of Abu Dhabi’s most thrilling watersports activities. With just a click of the mouse, you can kayak through the National Mangrove Park, jet-ski along the Corniche seafront, surf the waves at Wadi Adventure park, or plunge down a ride at Yas Waterworld.
3. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Find out what it feels like to ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster – the 240 km/h Formula Rossa – on a virtual tour of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. You can also experience the Karting Academy, Speed of Magic (a 4D ride for thrill-seekers), Ferrari museum and more. And all this without leaving your sofa.
4. Sir Bani Yas Island
Those wanting to soak up some nature, should try out the Sir Bani Yas Island virtual tour. The 360-degree views almost make you feel as if you’re actually in the 4×4 driving around the island spotting the giraffes, cheetahs and other wildlife. You can also explore the Arabian sea by kayak before scuba diving beneath the waves.
5. Dune Bashing
Imagine hurtling through Abu Dhabi’s golden sands in a dune buggy or a 4×4 heavy-duty vehicle, leaving a trail of dust behind you. This virtual tour is bound to please those with a need for speed. If you prefer a more serene experience, you can take in the beauty of the desert on the back of a camel.
6. Garden City of Al Ain
This virtual tour offers viewers unique experiences in the historic city of Al Ain. Here, you get a glimpse of horse riding near Al Ain’s ancient oasis, wander around the city’s historic forts, trek up Jebel Hafit, the highest mountain in the emirate, or visit the bustling camel market.
7. Pearl Diving
Whether it’s finding out historic facts about pearl diving culture, hearing folklore tales or undergoing the diving experience itself, this tour will not disappoint. So, you’re invited to dive deep to find your own pearls from the seas of Abu Dhabi.
‘Stay Adventurous’ is the perfect way to lift your lockdown blues, plan your next vacation, or just explore all corners of the extraordinary emirate of Abu Dhabi from the comfort of your home.