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Dubai is mostly beach especially around the Jumeirah area. Most people will know where Jumeirah is, especially if u ask them where the "Jumeirah Beach Hotel" or the "Burj Al Arab" is. Big land marks. The beaches span out on both sides of these land marks, although now there is a lot of construction work goin on towards the SW of the hotels. The best beaches are towards the NE of the two hotels. Hardly ever crowded and beautiful beaches. plenty of ways to get to the beach coz of roads. Loads of space.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Week-end crowdFew surfers
The public beaches around Jumeirah are easy to access and normally there is plenty of parking. U will rarely find a crowded on the beach although on some weekends and public holidays it can become quite hard to park. But don't fret coz Dubai is mostly sand anyways so park on a dirt track on the side of the road. If ur from outside the UAE then I suggest u either take a taxi or the bus (if u wanna brave it). Taxix's are cheaper here than most places in the world, but the bus service isn't extremly reliable.
The surf during the winter season is resonably good. It's great for beginners, on good days waves can break up to 6ft. On really good days ( after a freak storm or shamal) the waves can sometimes be 10ft+. But tis rare.
On a good day, the waves can get to upto 6-8ft. The wind will normally tell u if there are waves. If there is wind, there will probably be waves. Also the longer the wind has been blowing (ie a week) the bigger the waves.
If ur a begginner, Dubai is a great place to start. Waves will rarely be big enough to scare the shit out of u and they are easy to catch. The bigger waves can be a challenge to catch, so u can keep practicing on those good days.
I ain't much of surfer myself. I normally stick to bodyboarding (much easier and cheaper) and sometimes I go windsurfin when there are no waves. Bodyboardin is pretty wicked in DXB in the winter and it's an alternative to surfin. Also the waves don't have to be as big for body boardin.
Most surfers here can't wait until the winter coz that's when the waves start comin in. Then we all head for the beach and spend the day surfin and bodyboardin. In Dubai every day with good waves counts coz when the waves have stopped u gotta wait until next winter. that's a long time to wait...
The UAE is a very "protective" country, and has only recently really started to open up to the world. The surf shops here are few and don't really stock alot of surf products, coz there ain't much demand. However the surf scene here has improved alot as young teens like myself have taken to the beaches as there is all year sunshine.
Dubai's the type of place where ppl with similar interests get to know each other quickly. There aren't that many spots to surf so we stick the few good ones. The mega problem is that the waves are too small for seriuos surfers. 10ft was probably the biggest the waves have ever got and experienced surfers start to get tired of tryin to surf minis. Dubai is better for bodyboarders.
the great thing here is the weather. Ur almost guarented sunshine all year and ur bound to get a suntan. Also the sea life here ain't too dangerous. No big man-eaters, just some jellyfish and a baracuda or 2.
By Anonymous , 10-04-2008
LM23 - Having lived in Dubai for over two years and being a surfer from OZ, the surf in Dubai does not get to 6-8+ foot ever (although I would love someone to prove me wrong by putting up a picture of the waves). At maximum it is 3 foot on the best days and is sloppy wind swell (but can be fun when you have been surf starved for months on end). There is not enough fetch in the Gulf for the swell to get any bigger than this. Also, given the development of the Palm and World Islands offshore of Dubai, any swell is almost completely blocked by these islands, reducing the surf potential in Dubai even further. I can't wait to laugh at the next Englishman I overhear talking about the the 10+ foot surf in Dubai. Great stuff.
By Jordan , 24-01-2008
body boarding - hey im pretty big into body boarding and body surfing. i have a great board but its expensive and i dont want to bring it and get it dinged or lost. dont wanna hassle witha surf board either. anyone know if and where there's a place to rent? if so just email me.
By Emma Norman , 06-10-2007
hey - im going to dubai in a few weeks for halfterm,
ive been surfing for a while now but am still a beginner
will i need a wetsuit or is it hot enough for boardies and a bikini?
can i rent out there or shall i take my own board?
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