One of the major bonuses of a Dubai vacation is the year round hot weather, which makes the beautifully warm Persian Gulf waters such an attraction. The city beaches are one of the reasons why over 10 million people visit each year and there are also plenty of off-shore activities to enjoy.
From scuba-diving to pleasure boat trips to deep-sea fishing – the attractions of Dubai aren’t all on shore.
By the shore
Whether you choose to hit the many private hotel beaches or use the city’s beautiful public beaches you’ll find a range of watersports available in Dubai. If you’re staying at a beach resort, especially those near the marina, you’ll have access to equipment rental for sports such as wind-surfing, jet-skiing, kayaking and parasailing. The marina is also the place from which to take boat trips whether on a stylish yacht or even aboard a Sea Rocket boat that can reach speeds of 100km per hour. There are plenty of water sports rental centres along the coast and your hotel will be able to provide details of a company near your accommodations.
Under the waves
Warm waters all year round make the United Arab Emirates the ideal place for scuba-diving. If you’re a scuba beginner you will be able to take dive lessons in training pools with guidance through certified instructors. PADI courses are available via diving schools and once you’re ready you can even test your skills by diving in shark tanks at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. There are plenty of superb diving locations along the coast including wreck diving at sunken ships such as the Zainab, which is 30 metres below the sea as well as the Anchor barge and the coral-covered Neptune barge.
Deep-sea fishing is an exhilarating sport and your fishing charter will be operated by experienced fishermen who have long-term knowledge of fishing the Persian Gulf waters. Big game fish will include Queenfish, Cobia, Grouper and Barracuda, and trips will usually be exclusive charters meaning no other guests will be on-board. Half day and full day trips are available and night fishing can be arranged; there are even excursions available where guests can catch fish and then travel to Shk Hamdan Island where to barbecue the catch of the day.
Dubai is known as one of the world’s most glamorous and exciting destinations and plenty of fun can be had both off and on the water. With an average sea temperature of 22°C/72°F during January and 32°C/90°F during August there’s no excuse not to hit the waters whichever season you arrive in.
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