Kitesurfing is increasing in popularity throughout the United Arab Emirates, encouraged by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan Bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, who was a gold medallist in the freestyle kitesurfing event at the 2010 Al Gharbia Watersports Festival. The long beaches and favorable winds make Dubai an ideal location for this exciting water sport. Kitesurfing is permitted at most public beaches, with instruction available seven days a week throughout the year.
In 2002, a group of experienced kiteboarders formed the Dubai Kite Club, with the aim of improving kiting safety at Dubai's beaches by drawing up a set of rules for the protection of other beach users. For example, untrained persons may not kitesurf unless supervised by a qualified instructor; kiters must stay at least the length of their lines from the beach; and advanced kitesurfers must always give way to novices.
Learning to Kitesurf in Dubai
Only International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO)-qualified instructors are permitted to give kiting lessons in Dubai. Kitesurfing schools include Dukite
, based at Dukite Beach; and Dubai kitesurf academy
at Nessnass Beach. All offer short introductory courses, as well as advanced kiting instruction on a one-to-one basis. All necessary equipment is provided, but some instructors charge for damaged gear. Lessons can be given only to people aged 10 and over.
When to Kitesurf in Dubai
The best months for kitesurfing in Dubai are December through April, when the wind is strongest. Winds tend to pick up around noon and subside again in the early evening. Dubai is sunny all year round, and it is exceedingly hot and humid during the summer months. Dubai's beaches become crowded on weekends and public holidays, so lately the dubai municipality in collaboration with www.dukite.com
have allocated dedicated kite only zones at the kitebeach in dubai , where swimmers are not allowed in the water when kite surfers are out. thanks to the ongoing efforts of his highness Sheik Hamdan bin mohammad al maktoum , crown prince of dubai and the chairman of dubai sports council , kite surfing is now an Icon for dubai and has been protected from being banned through his personal interest in growing the sport in Dubai .
What to Bring
Kiters thinking of kiting in dubai require bathing clothes, a sunhat and T-shirt and a short wetsuit in winter. Sunglasses are advisable, as kiters spend a lot of time staring toward the sun, and sunscreen and bottled water are essential. Equipment can be hired from the main beaches, but if you are buying a rig, it is best to choose a large kite to make the most of the winds.
Kite Beach, or previously known as Wollongong Beach, is Dubai's most popular kitesurfing venue. This long, sandy beach faces northwest so it is exposed to the prevailing thermal winds, which are normally light to moderate; and the waters are shallow. Kite Beach is suitable for kiters of all ability levels, although the water can occasionally become choppy. Jumeirah Beach, near Dubai Marina, is the emirate's main tourist beach and has the most amenities, but it is also the busiest. Nessnass Beach, adjacent to Jumeirah Beach Park, has gentle waves so is suitable for novice kiters. Jebel Ali Beach is a quiet beach, approximately a 20-minute drive from Dubai. The water is shallow and fairly choppy, but waves are bigger in winter, when wind speeds reach 20 knots. Sun huts and showers are available every 220 yards along the beach.