Dubai Water Sports and Activities

Dubai water sports and activities overview

With year-round sun, Dubai is the perfect place for a beach getaway any time of the year. The beach areas offer various water sports and activities for adventure seekers. Below is a list of the most popular ones Dubai has to offer.


Kitesurfing is a popular water sport to do in Dubai. A large controllable power kite is attached to a kite board, which is similar to a small surfboard. A kiteboarder uses the wind to drift across the water. Many kiteboarders in Dubai flock to Kite Beach, where the winds are ideal for the water sport activity.


Windsurfing is another popular water sport to do in Dubai. The sport combines surfing and sailing. A windsurf board is usually between 2.5-3 meters long and is powered by the wind on the sail.


Wakeboarding is a surface water sport that is ideal for adrenaline seekers. A wakeboard consists of a small board that has foot bindings attached to it. A rider is usually towed behind a motorboat and has to pull themselves upright to standing position once the boat starts moving. This can be tricky for novices, but is easily achieved after several attempts.


Snorkeling is a great water activity for those wishing to see the colorful marine life of the Arabian Gulf. Snorkeling activities can be arranged through most of the major hotels in Dubai as well as through tour companies.

Water skiing

Water skiing is another adventurous water sport. Water skiers are usually pulled behind a boat and ski across the water on one or two skis. Like wakeboarding, the hardest part for beginners is learning how to pull themselves upright to standing position.

Jet skiing

Along the beaches in Dubai the sound of jet skis can be heard throughout the day. Jet skis can be rented through various companies in Dubai for a fun filled day out at sea.


Parasailing is a fun activity where a person is attached to a parasail wing (a canopy) that is usually towed behind a boat. Once the canopy is filled with air, the parasailers float above the water where they can see see all the spectacular views along the way.


Flyboarding is one of the most talked about water activities in Dubai. A flyboard is a jetback and hoverboard that uses water to harness the pressure needed to thrust a rider into the air. A flyboarder can reach heights up to 15 meters (49 feet).

Standup Paddleboarding

Standup paddleboarding is a water sport where paddle boarders use a board and a paddle to move themselves through the water. The waters in Dubai tend to be more calm in the morning, making it the ideal time for novices to try paddle boarding.

Diving in Dubai

Al Boom Diving company offers diving packages for those wishing to explore Dubai’s coasts. The company has packages for everyone from novices to advanced divers.

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