Dubai has some great swimming spots, whether it’s at the public beaches, in the private pools, in a beach club or one of the beach parks. The water temperature rarely dips below 20°C in winter, although during the summer it can feel like stepping into a bath. As with sea swimming elsewhere, rip tides and undertows can catch out even the strongest swimmer, so never ignore flags or signs ordering you not to swim. You might also run into quite a lot of jellyfish towards the end of the summer. Lessons are widely available from health clubs and beach clubs too. For children’s lessons, check with your school whether they offer any extra-curricular swimming coaching.

Keen swimmers can sign up for the Wild Wadi Swim Around the Burj annual challenge, held in February in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres. The distance is around 1km and swimmers are given plenty of encouragement from beach spectators.

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