Watersports

Warm, calm weather for most of the year make Dubai a fantastic place to try all kinds of watersports, from kayaking and stand up paddleboarding to sailing, kitesurfing and adrenaline-fuelled wakeboarding. See Water Activities in the Activities section.

On the Water
Most beachside hotels offer watersports to guests and visitors, including sea kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. Non-guests may have to pay beach fees to access the facilities, though sometimes you can enter the beach area for free if you make a prior reservation. Contact the Habtoor Grand Resort and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi for pricing and availability of various watersports – both are located along the 1.7km beach in JBR. You’ll find parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing, dinghies and banana boats.

Sea Riders also offers watersports including wake-boarding, yacht charter, fishing and tailormade daytrips.

Diving
Diving is popular and the clear waters off the coast are home to a variety of marine species, coral life and even shipwrecks. You’ll see some exotic fish and possibly moray eels, small sharks, barracudas, sea snakes and stingrays. 

Most of the wrecks are located on the west coast of the UAE, while the flora and fauna can be seen on the east side, in Fujairah. Another option for diving enthusiasts is a trip to Musandam. Part of the Sultanate of Oman, it is often described as the ’Norway of the Middle East’ due to its many inlets and cliffs that plunge directly into the sea. Sheer wall dives with strong currents and clear waters are more suitable for advanced divers, while the huge bays with their calm waters and bountiful shallow reefs are ideal for the less experienced. Courses are offered under the usual international training organisations.

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