Discover a magical world of scuba diving in Dubai

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Scuba diving in Dubai https://www.visitdubai.com/en/articles/scuba%20diving%20dubai 20200217T161334 20200513T171747:637249870672681467 Scuba Diving in Dubai It's always holiday season in Dubai with its year-round sunshine, brilliant beaches and world-class attractions. As temperatures cool down, visitors can continue their deep sea exploration by scuba diving at iconic spots across the city. There’s a magical marine world just waiting to be explored. Scuba dive and experience Dubai's spectacular underwater attractions

It’s always holiday season in Dubai with its year-round sunshine, brilliant beaches and world-class attractions. As temperatures cool down, visitors can continue exploring by scuba diving at iconic spots across the city. There’s a magical marine world just waiting to be seen.


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Lagoon life

Let the experts at Atlantis The Palm guide you on an unforgettable scuba diving adventure at the Ambassador Lagoon – home to 65,000 marine animals, including colourful varieties of indigenous fish, rays and sharks. Experienced divers can choose between the Atlantis Dive Explorer package to explore life in the lagoon, or the Predator Dive experience where the brave will get to hand-feed sharks. There’s also the option for certified scuba divers to swim, play and hug dolphins at the nearby Dolphin Bay.


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Sea wrecks

Dive deep and you’ll discover that Dubai’s waters have several wrecks that can be explored on a scuba dive. One of the most popular ones is the shipwreck Zainab, which can be reached by boat from Palm Jumeirah in under an hour. Others that garner attention among experienced divers include the MV Dara passenger ship and Victoria Star cargo ship close to Port Rashid. Divers Down, a PADI-certified dive centre, has a detailed list of wrecks that can be explored while in Dubai, with each site offering spectacular views and diverse marine life, including yellowtail barracuda, spotted eagles, torpedo rays, nudibranchs, flatworms and more.


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Shark dives

Only in Dubai can you combine a day of shopping with shark diving. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the largest suspended aquariums ever, is home to thousands of aquatic animals. Go on a dive with Al Boom Marine and come face to face with the world’s largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks. Everyone, including non-certified divers, can experience the thrill of a shark dive here. The aquarium boasts an array of offerings, including an entry-level PADI Discover Scuba Diver certification course, and specialty dives that are strictly for experienced and certified scuba divers.


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Secret island

Dubai locals will tell you the name Moon Island evokes memories of an incredible getaway. Located around 70kms away from the city, the crescent-shaped island is a popular camping and watersports destination for those in the know. Divers can expect to spot a variety of rockfish as well as the larger Arabian barracudas, hammour (a species of grouper found in local waters) and snappers. Arabian Diver organises seasonal overnight tours to the island, complete with barbecue lunches and dinners, and activities such as fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving. After a day of adventure, head to your camping tent and sleep under a blanket of stars.

Moon Island

Arabian Diver, +971 50 242 8128


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Beach adventures

The waters by Jumeirah, on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, are teeming with marine life. There’s much to discover away from the shores of Dubai’s best beaches, from slick rays and the odd graceful turtle, to shoals of Arabian mackerel and snappers. Several dive operators in the city, including Extreme Water Sports and Nemo Diving Centre, organise trips in the Jumeirah area, complete with light refreshments, boat transfers and more. If you’re tempted by the open water but don’t know where to start, enrol in a beginner PADI certification course.

Jumeirah 3 and 4

Extreme Water Sports, +971 56 130 8010

Nemo Diving Centre, +971 56 704 4472



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Dubai's natural surroundings offer plenty to explore for adventure seekers - check out some of Dubai's best water activities and while you're at it, why not experience some other thrilling watersports?

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