28 Most Popular Water Sports & Activities in Dubai

Dubai is studded with sandy beaches, and the skies remain bright and sunny year-round!

The best part is that you can do a lot more than just tan and build sand castles here. Dubai’s beaches support plenty of water thrills, and some activities are so popular that the beaches have been named after the activity (like Kitesurfing Beach). Prepare for an electrifying and extremely fun time with Dubai’s water sports and activities; enjoy this list! Guides and coaches are always available for these activities.

This is a ranking of the best water sports in Dubai.

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Renowned Water Sports & Activities in Dubai


1. Special Featuring: Stand-up Paddleboards in Dubai – Most Popular Tourist Water Sport


This is Dubai’s world-renowned water sport destination. The name says it all! You stand up on a paddleboard and paddle to your destination. It’s quite an exercise and it offers some great views of Dubai as you paddle at the beaches or around the Burj al Arab. Guides and coaches are always available. Also Try: Top 10 Free Beaches in Dubai (Yes, FREE!)

Wet Rating: 3/5

Wild Rating: 1/5

Average Price: AED 60 for 30 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


2. Snorkeling – Most Globally Popular Underwater Attraction (Tie)


Dubai is studded with spots that support snorkeling into clear-blue waters.

You can enjoy swimming deep in the water with all sorts of fish across the city. The most impressive experience, though, is at Atlantis the Palm. You get to take a dive into the Ambassador Lagoon and swim with 65,000 sea creatures, including a hammerhead shark—that’s a true Dubai experience!

It’s all completely safe. Guides and coaches are always available. Also Try: Best Water Parks in Dubai (#6 is shocking!)

Wet Rating: 10/5

Wild Rating: 3/5 (5 if you go for the shark)

Average Price: AED 255 at Atlantis, Dubai

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


3. Diving – Most Globally Popular Underwater Attraction (Tie)


Of course, diving was going to be a part of this ranking.

Dubai has many amazing opportunities for diving and you can get up close with eels, squids, octopuses, puffer fish, and even a (completely safe) whale shark! There are great opportunities to explore waters in Musandam and Fujairah. Guides and coaches are always available.

A unique opportunity is to dive with dolphins at Atlantis. Also Try: Best Theme Parks in Dubai (World Ranking)

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 5/5

Average Price: AED 150 per dive (additional costs for gear)

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


4. Parasailing Dubai – Easiest Water Thrill in Dubai


Get ready to fly!

This is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Dubai and it brings on some spectacular views. You are connected to a sail which is attached to a speedboat. As the boat moves, you fly up in the air. This is a mix of relaxation and thrill; the boat speeds and you sail through the air, but quickly you are put at ease and begin to enjoy the amazing views of Dubai skyline.

Guides and coaches are always available. Also Try: Dubai’s World Famous Car Exhibits (FREE!)

Wet Rating: 1/5

Wild Rating: 2/5

Average Price: AED 250 per ride

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


5. Flyboarding Dubai – Best Water Thrill in Dubai


Fly! Boarding! Dubai has welcomed this amazing phenomenon with open arms as this is an experience available at beaches across the emirate.

Suit up into a water-jet propelled machine. Your feet are strapped to a board and your wrists are locked into the controls. After that you are in command of your flight! It’s easy to see why flyboarding is such a sensation in Dubai. Based on how much water you press out and how you direct yourself, you can fly in any direction at the speed you want.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 10/5

Average Price: AED 300 per 30 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


Rising Water Sports & Activities in Dubai


6. Kitesurfing Dubai – Most Popular Beach Sport in Dubai


Kitesurfing is a globally popular spot, but it’s spectacularly fun in Dubai!

Kitesurfing involves you being settled on a surf board and massive kite is attached to you. The kite flows around with the wind and drives youat rapid motion. Things quickly get fast and furious with this sport!

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 5/5

Average Price: AED 100 per 45 mins

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


7. Dragon Boats – Best Foreign Water Sport in Dubai


Dubai is a multicultural destination. The tradition of dragon boats is celebrated here each April in Dubai Festival City.

A dragon boat is a large vessel designed to resemble a dragon and is propelled by a large team of paddlers; the competitiveness is intense and enjoyable. To participate, you’ll need to be part of a team, but everyone is welcome to spectate. If you’re travelling to Dubai in April, do give this a shot; it could be an awesome Dubai memory!

Wet Rating: 1/5

Wild Rating: 1/5 (5 if you compete)

Average Price: Free to Spectate

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


8. Shark Safari Dubai – Most Exciting Underwater Adventure in Dubai


You don’t need to be a good diver for this; in fact you don’t even need to know how to swim—you walk through this underwater safari!

Dubai’s Atlantis at the Palm offers you an amazing opportunity to walk at the bottom of massive water tank that contains sharks, rays, and thousands of colorful fish. It’s all extremely safe and you’re given a special helmet to wear as you stroll at the bottom of the tank. Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 10/5

Wild Rating: 1/5

Average Price: AED 275 for entry

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


9. Jet Skiing in Dubai – Globally Popular Water Sport


Jet Skiing is one of the most enjoyable water adventures and it is also the easiest!

Jet skis are the iconic symbol for water-filled, sunny, and fun vacation. Dubai is studded with spots that offer jet ski rentals so you can speed through the water and perhaps even race with your friends and/or family.

Guides and coaches are always available. Also Try: Top Beach Clubs in Dubai

Wet Rating: 3/5

Wild Rating: 5/5

Average Price: AED 300 for 30 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


10. Kneeboarding Dubai – Rising Water Sport in Dubai


A milder version of surfing, kneeboarding has gained popularity in recent years.

The best part is that you don’t need to acquire the skills of balancing on a board, you can be seated upon your knees; hence the name kneeboarding. Speed through water on hydro-dynamic boards designed to give you an awesome time.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 4/5

Average Price: AED 150 per 15 mins

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5

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11. Windsurfing Dubai – Rising Water Thrill Sport in Dubai


The wind, a sailboard, and you—it’s that simple!

Jump on to a sailboard and tackle the wind and water on a thrilling experience as you and your sailboard challenge nature in Dubai. These aren’t motorized so winds command your pace; if you are new to this, you can stay closer to the shore and face light winds and a mild pace.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 5/5

Average Price: AED 150 per 30 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5


12. Wakeboarding Dubai – Rising, Challenging Water Sport in Dubai


This is a challenging water sport in Dubai.

Your feet are strapped to a board and you hold on to a handle that is tied to a speedboat at a distance. The speedboat takes off and so do you! Get ready for a fast, wild, and fun ride as you spear through the water on your wakeboard. This is a global sensation that is only more fun at Dubai’s sandy and sunny beaches. Be ready for a lot of plunges into the water.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 5/5

Average Price: AED 150 per 15 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5


13. Wakesurfing Dubai – Popular Resort Water Sport in Dubai


This is a unique mix of surfing and wakeboarding in Dubai.

You stand on a surfboard (your feet are not tied down) and you hold on to a handle attached to speedboat. The speedboat races on and you get a thrilling ride as you pierce through the water, twirling left and right as you desire. This truly lets you command the thrill and freedom of your movement.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 4/5

Average Price: AED 140 for 15 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 45/5


14. Waterskiing Dubai – Globally Popular Water Sport


Waterskiing is one of the world’s most popular water adventures; Dubai is no exception to this popularity.

Your feet on a ski board and your hands on a handle attached to a speedboat. This thrill-ride will give you some awesome Dubai memories. Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 4/5

Wild Rating: 5/5

Average Price: AED 140 for 15 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5


15. Frantic Ride – Innovative Local Water Thrill


Frantic Rides are one of Dubai’s most novel water adventures.

You (and family members) lie down on an inflatable board and a speedboat skims you through the water. The inflatable bounces often and that only adds to the thrill and fun! Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 2/5

Wild Rating: 6/5

Average Price: AED 300 for 20 minutes (rather expensive)

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


16. Kayaking – Most Calm Water Sport in Dubai


Kayaking is an intensive exercise and extremely fun.

Dubai offers many opportunities to kayak on its shores. The most impressive time is kayaking around he curves of the Palm Jumeirah. You can kayak away from the shore and settle for a beautiful dawn view of the Dubai skyline with friends, family, or that one special person. Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 3/5

Wild Rating: 1/5

Average Price: AED 100 per hour; full day rentals start at AED 350

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


17. Donut Ride – Most Thrilling Local Water Attraction (Tie)


Donut rides are another novel water activity in Dubai!

These resemble inflatable beds (or couches) with grips and can accompany up to 4 people at a time. Despite the name, most of them do not have a hole in the center. The fun begins when a speedboat propels the attached inflatables, giving you a fast-paced blast through the water dotted with sharp turns.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 4/5

Wild Rating: 3/5 (5 if you compete)

Average Price: AED 150 for 15 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


18. Banana Boat – Most Thrilling Local Water Attraction (Tie)


Some of Dubai’s water thrills come up with unexpected names.

Banana Boats are great for large groups but parties of any number are welcome. You are seated on one of two banana-shaped inflatable tube, and both are attached to each other, forming a form of a raft. You grip on to the inflatable as a speedboat propels you through a sprint trough the water. Many Dubai beaches offer this activity.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 3/5

Average Price: AED 150 for 15 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


19. Fishing in Dubai – Globally Popular Aquatic Hobby


There’s little wetness involved but things could get wild depending on what sort of fish bites your bait.

Fishing can be dry but your luck can make it quite a fascinating and memorable trip. As the Gulf is heavy in fish and is conveniently close, fishing trips are easy to take upon in Dubai. Guides are always available.
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Wet Rating: 0/5

Wild Rating: 3/5

Average Price: AED 300/3-hour boat trip

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


20. Surfing Dubai – Most Popular Aqua Park Sport in Dubai


Dubai has plenty to offer, but it doesn’t exactly hold a renowned name for a surfing destination. But the water parks here try to fill up the gap.

Wild Wadi, Wadi Adventure, and Yas Waterpark have created surfing arenas with cutting edge technology. Though, you can take a go at surfing in nature’s creation too since Dubai has plenty of open-water. Though, the waves may not be too thrilling.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 5/5

Wild Rating: 3/5

Average Price: Varies too broadly

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5


21. Sailing Dubai – Popular Global Aquatic Sport


Sailing has paved itself as one of the most prominent water sports. With water all around, Dubai is one of the prime locations to delve into this sport!

Plenty of beach spots and resorts offer visitors an opportunity to rent a sailboat and speed in to the fun. Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 4/5

Wild Rating: 2/5

Average Price: AED 200 per hour (Many locations will only lend for 10 hours; starting at AED 1000)

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5


22. Speedboat Trips Dubai – Best Luxury Aqua Adventure in Dubai (Tie)


There may not be much wildness or wetness with this, but this is a great opportunity to see Dubai’s skyline from a distance in the water. This is also an opportunity to take on a Bond villain’s lifestyle as you speed across in your speedboat across the Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis, or any other Dubai location as per your will.

Wet Rating: 1/5

Wild Rating: 2/5

Average Price: AED 500 for 60 minutes

Dubaing ScoreTM: 2.5/5


23. Yacht Rental Dubai – Best Luxury Aqua Adventure in Dubai (Tie)


There’s no wetness or wildness with yacht rentals, but this is a popular water activity in Dubai: rent a yacht and then head down into the Gulf with friends or family for a private party.

This is another opportunity to take on a Bond villain’s lifestyle. Also Try: Best Shopping Malls in Dubai

Wet Rating: 0/5

Wild Rating: 1/5

Average Price: AED 1500 for day rental

Dubaing ScoreTM: 2.5/5


24. Aqua Bikes Dubai – Rising Water Exercise in Dubai


As the name hints, aqua bikes are tricycles designed to allow you to paddle your way through the water.

Aqua bikes in Dubai are quite large and will comfortably seat you on a couch-like chair. While these may not be thrilling and can be silly to look at, they are certainly exotic and fun; Aqua bikes are also a means to pleasantly roam around the beach-side waters and just have a calm time.

Guides and coaches are always available.

Wet Rating: 1/5

Wild Rating: 1/5

Average Price: AED 250 for day-access; weekend costs may rise to AED 350

Dubaing ScoreTM: 2.5/5


This ranking is competitive; Contenders 25, 26, 27, and 28 are currently omitted as their Dubaing ScoreTM fell below 2.5. The ranking is updated every week; they will be visible again if their score rises above 2.5.

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