Okay, so this isn’t the most extreme activity going. However, you’ll need a pretty good head for heights not to be affected by the view when you look down from your flimsy wicker basket as you swirl in the wind 3,000ft above the ground. The views over the desert are stunning and offer a totally new perspective of this fabulous emirate, making the ride worth it for that alone. Thrill seekers will get a little something out of it too; there’s nothing quite like realising you’re thousands of feet in the air, hanging under an inflated sheet with no safety harness to make your heart skip a beat.
Get up in the air and do your best Phileas Fogg impression with Balloon Adventures Emirates, who advise that the best time for a trip is at daybreak, as the temperature is cooler and the light lends itself well for photography. Be warned, a trip isn’t cheap – but it will also be an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry.
Adults from Dhs995, children (aged five-12) from Dhs850. Small exclusive charter (one-eight people) from Dhs11,450, large exclusive charter (nine-24 people) from Dhs21,600. www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949).
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