When I think of Dubai, I think more of skyscrapers and super-speed highways than water sports, but that's about to change.
When it comes to enjoying your favorite watersport Dubai is like no other place: the waters are crystal clear, the wind is not too strong, just perfect for leisurely sails as well as for more adrenaline-packed activities. The area might be more known as a desert destination, but the Arabian Gulf offers a plethora of opportunities to enjoy waters and optimally-sized waves as well – here are a few things that you can do.
Activities for Windy Days
Whether you are already an experienced sailor, eager to the get out on the waves in a catamaran, a dinghy or on a windsurf or you have been long dreaming of learning how to sail, windy days and the services of local water centers will give you exactly what you want. Modern, lightweight, durable and easy to handle equipment is available for rent and for purchase as well and you have lots of options if you feel more comfortable in the presence of a knowledgeable guide as well – all you need to bring if you want to take part in catamaran, dinghy or windsurfing lessons is a hat, a pair of sunglasses and some sunscreen to protect you from the sun, the rest is taken care of by the water center and your instructor.
Activities for Days When the Wind is Light
Water tours around Palm Jumeirah are spectacular on milder days as well, when the wind becomes just a light breeze. You can buy or rent your own equipment on these days, too and milder days are great for beginners who are not yet used to the feeling of being carried by the wind.
Activities for Days When There is No Wind
Some days on the Dubai coast are completely windless, with a spectacular, still seascape and waters unmoved. While watersports that rely on the wind are not available on these days, you don’t have to stay away from the water – you can get on a stand-up paddle or a kayak and just slide on the water using the power of your own arms.
If you prefer an activity that involves the water, but you don’t want to move too far away from the shore, you can test your sense balance by joining a stand-up board yoga lesson or you can work on your muscle strength and flexibility in a demanding, but relaxing Pilates class, with the exercises also done on a stand-up paddle.
Windless days are also perfect for group activities, such as hopping into a dragon boat and paddling to the rhythm and those are the days when kids can safely enjoy the waters in the Sea-Youth club as well.