Dubai’s extreme temperatures in summer with record humidity and very low wind may be rather off-putting for even the most hardened water sport fanatic, although for the other 7-8 months of the year, it’s quite bearable and can even be a little cold for beach activities, but more or less it’s ideal. Unfortunately, due to massive population increase and development by the waterfront, the sea surrounding Dubai is no longer as pristine as it once was. However, that doesn’t stop there being a plethora of exciting beach things here to accompany your holiday
Surfing/Wind Surfing/ Kite Surfing in Dubai
Dubai has a fairly active surfing community, and although the waves are nothing to write home about, they may be suitable for beginners. Wind Surfing is also practiced, with ample facilities available. Kite Surfing is more popular than the other two, with many clubs and a beach allocated by the authorities for this. The beach hotels are the most advisable places to stay, both for the view, activities, and relative solitude.
Yachting in Dubai
Dubai’s many rich visitors and residents own and rent Yachts, and with marinas and places to “park” them, it’s become a very popular past time. There are around 5 Yacht hire companies that hire out luxury yachts, as well as many facilities for those who own Yachts and are just stopping over. The Festival Marina, at the end of Dubai’s creek, has a Venetian theme, 74 permanent berths for Yachts, and an outdoor artificial canal and many poolside restaurants and cafes, all attached to a luxurious, well-designed shopping mall.
Jet Skiing in Dubai
With so many super-tall skyscrapers such as the Burj Dubai and the Burj al Arab, Jet Skiing is another popular sport, and will cost about €20 for a half hour. With such a high turnover, the Jet Skis offered will be some of the latest models of brands such as Yamaha and Kawasaki. It’s quite safe as well as there are very few rocky crags which so many inexperienced Jet Skiers dash themselves to pieces on if not cautious. Be careful also where you Ski, as it’s banned in some areas.
Scuba Diving in Dubai
With much ocean wildlife and water temperatures averaging about 24°C during the cooler months, Dubai is a well known spot among Scuba divers. Additional places to dive with even more promising sights exist around the coastline in other Emirates such as Fujairah, and it’s even possible (with a hired car) to visit the Musandam Peninsula, a tiny, rocky portion of Oman, where the waters are so clear and unpolluted that sting rays and numerous other forms of wildlife are visible 10 metres from the surface. It will take about three and a half hours to drive to Musandam, and about €6 for a tourist visa, but it’s absolutely recommended for scuba diving fans for its solitary, untouched beauty.
Photo of kite surfs on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, by Ericsson Beach