7 Water sports you have to try in Dubai

Snorkel masks at the ready...

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With non-stop sun, crystal clear waters and activities for every ability, Dubai is an ideal destination when it comes to water sports. Whether you like to chill out or you're a thrill-seeking daredevil, there’s something for everyone in this water-loving city...

Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga (SUP)

Chill out, de-stress and go green while strengthening your core! Can you think of anything better than having a class of Yoga or Pilates on a paddleboard in the sheltered waters of Palm Jumeirah?
And it suits all abilities too! 

Where? SeaYou Watersport Center at Sofitel Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah

How much? 125aed for 1 session (1h30)  - 5 sessions for 575aed - 10 sessions for 1,000aed

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If diving freaks you out, but you still want to test the waters and experience some of Dubai’s magnificent coral and marine life, snorkelling is the sport for you. Suitable for all ages, snorkelling is perfect for families; it will keep adults and kids alike intrigued and in awe for hours on end.

Where? Al Boom Diving

How much? Prices start from AED 250 per person

Ages: 10 years+


Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned pro looking to take an instructing course, Dubai has something for everyone looking to dive. From shipwrecks to exciting marine life (you might even catch this whale shark), Dubai has it all. You can dive any time of the year here but it's best in the spring and fall months when water temperatures range from 24˚ to 28˚ C.

Where? Check out Deep Blue Sea Diving (Phone: +971 4 4308246)

How much? Prices start at AED 500 per person over 15 years

Jet skiing

There are no speed limits in this extreme sport. Get your adrenaline fix on one of these powerful vehicles while you explore some of the main attractions in Dubai from the water. From the Burj Al Arab to the Palm Jumeirah, touring Dubai on a jet ski will give you a completely different perspective.

Where? Jet Ski Dubai

How much? Prices start from AED 690 per person

Ages: 16 years+

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Dolphin Encounter

Head to Dolphin Bay at Atlantis The Palm to come face-to-face with some cute-as-you-like dolphins. You can do anything from shallow water standing to swimming with these beautiful marine mammals. This fun activity, which is suitable for guests of all ages, is a rare opportunity to do something out of the ordinary...not to be missed!

Where? Atlantis The Palm

How much? Prices start from AED 795 per person

Ages: There are dolphin-based activities to suit all ages


Impress yourself by catching a wave on a kite board. Kitesurfing is becoming increasingly popular in Dubai. Why? It’s super fun and happens to be a pretty decent workout too! Kitesurfing is a mixture of windsurfing and regular surfing, it uses a kite attached to a surfboard to catch the wind and propel you across the water...You'll need strong arms and a thirst for extreme sports for this one. 

Where? Watercooled

How much? Prices start from AED 250 per person

Ages: 16 years+


Want an unbeatable view of the Dubai skyline? If heights don't freak you out, then you need to give parasailing a try. Give it a go alone or as a group of up to three to view Dubai from up high. We recommend going at sunset for a truly unique experience.

Where? Sky & Sea

How much? AED 300 per person

Ages: 7 years+ (however may depend on height and weight) 

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