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Thrilling watersports in Dubai

Wed, September 27, 2023

Choose from diving, sailing, jetskiing and other epic marine adventures for a thrill to remember.

Choose from diving, sailing, jetskiing and other epic marine adventures for a thrill to remember.


Soar with flyboarding


The closest thing to flying freely above water, flyboarding lets you enjoy elevated views as you soar like a superhero. Take off on a one-person water-propelled flyboard, which can shoot up to nine metres in the air. A 20m hose is connected to a personal watercraft, pumping water at extreme force and redirecting the water output to two jets on the bottom of the board to keep you airborne. It’s an exhilarating experience and the perfect addition to any adventure holiday in Dubai.


Go for gold with wakesports


Wakesports are very popular in Dubai, especially in the cooler winter months. Beginners and professionals alike can book some wakeboarding, wakesurfing or waterskiing time with the expert team at Seawake for an unforgettable day in the sun. The watersports facility, located right next to Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, includes easy access to boats and the beach – with quick prep times so you can spend more time participating in the aquatic action.

If you'd prefer a slower pace, book a stand-up paddleboard ride with the experts at Kite N' Surf. The company organises sessions at the city's best beaches, including Kite Beach.


New-age adventures with Seabreacher


For the thrill-seekers out there, this latest watersport is sure to catch your attention. The Seabreacher lets you hit the waters like a shark – literally. Although this is technically a mini-submarine in the shape of a shark, the vehicle is almost like an aircraft with a powerful 260hp engine, reaching speeds of up to 100km/h. It even mimics the tail movements of a real shark and can jump up to six metres out of the water, hence the name. Take the plunge with Water Adventure Dubai in JBR or SeaBreacher Diving Club and Watersports, situated at the P&O Marina in Umm Suqeim.


Try kitesurfing and parasailing

Kite surfing

To truly witness Dubai's love for kitesurfing, all you have to do is visit its namesake, Kite Beach. It's here that both amateurs and pros try their luck at this extreme sport, thanks to plenty of lessons and hiring facilities, like Dukite. The sport requires you to grip onto a handle attached to a parachute – which you then manoeuvre to increase speed and change direction. Not only is it a wild ride, it's also a great full-body workout.

Swap the board for just a parachute, and you’ve got parasailing. This sport doesn’t require experience navigating through the wind, because you are pulled behind a boat on a parasail that will lift you up almost 150m in the air. It’s an amazing way to experience a new thrill and enjoy elevated views of Dubai.


Speed ahead with jetskiing

Nemo WaterSports

Love water activities? Then take a jet ski session with Nemo WaterSports; they offers tours to the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel and several other landmarks. Each tour is accompanied by a qualified instructor and lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. The 30-minute tour takes you towards Burj Al Arab, while an hourly session takes you onwards to Jumeirah Beach Residence. The deluxe two-hour version includes all major points, while also circumnavigating the famous Palm Jumeirah and stopping off at Atlantis, The Palm.


Say hello to sharks and shipwrecks


Dubai’s warm waters offer scuba divers year-round diving opportunities, and a host of epic experiences under the sea. Both first-timers and experienced divers are catered for at Atlantis Dive Centre, which has a qualified team of PADI instructors and several certification courses. Located at Atlantis, The Palm, Atlantis Dive Centre offers a variety of marine experiences in the Ambassador Lagoon – the largest open aquarium in the region. Explore a range of snorkelling and diving options for kids, families and expert divers. Want to experience something a bit more daring? Dive into the depths of ruins among rare sea creatures, or embark on a dive to hand-feed up to 14 different species of sharks and rays.


Book boat tours with a twist


Want to combine sightseeing with a thrilling adventure? Explore Dubai from the water with Hero Boat Tours – Dubai’s only self-drive boat tour. You won't need a boat licence either, so the whole family can join in the fun. The Hero boats are easy to operate, and can reach speeds over 50km/h. Zoom across the water and take in sights such as Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah, with the opportunity to snap unobstructed pictures from a unique angle.

If you'd prefer to be a spectator, book a tour with The Yellow Boats that combines the sights of the city and jet-set speed. The company caters to all group sizes and durations, from a short evening trip around Dubai Marina to a full-length tour of all the key landmarks.


Dive into a record-breaking underwater experience

Explore Deep Dive Dubai's underwater habitats

A thrilling addition to the city's thriving sports and adventure activities scene, Deep Dive Dubai is the place to be for all aqua enthusiasts. The recreational centre's 60.02m-deep pool is certified by Guinness World Records as the world's deepest swimming pool for diving. Aside from its remarkable depth, the pool features other unrivalled underwater additions, such as a 'sunken city', alongside year-round freediving and scuba diving courses and guided experiences.


Hit the kayaks at Hatta

Kayaking at Hatta Dubai

The turquoise waters of Hatta Dam provide a calm respite just 90 minutes away from the city of Dubai. Located near Hatta Fort Hotel and the popular outdoor activity centre Hatta Wadi Hub, this body of water is surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Hajar Mountains, a stark contrast to the desert sands you’ll pass en route to Hatta. The best way to take in the views is directly from the water; Hatta Kayak offers rental services starting at AED60 for kayaks, canoes, paddle-boating and more, so you can paddle your way across the smooth waters (note that you can't bring your own equipment, and must use gear from Hatta Kayak). 

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