The super-exciting sport, Kitesurfing is increasing day by day in popularity all across the United Arab Emirates, much encouraged by their very own Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamdan Bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, who bagged a gold medal himself in freestyle kitesurfing at the 2010 Al Gharbia Watersports Festival.
Those favourable winds and beautiful, long beaches make Dubai the perfect spot for this fun and rejuvenating water sport. With instructions available throughout the week and all year round, kitesurfing is allowed at most public beaches for locals and tourists to engulf in nature’s fresh air and feel like a new person from within.
WHEN TO KITESURF?
The best time for kitesurfing in Dubai is between December and April, when the winds are phenomenal and the strongest. Since Dubai is surrounded by the finest desert sands of the world, the winds pick up their pace at around noon and decrease again by the sunset.
The happening city is sunny throughout the year and it’s exceptionally humid and hot during the summer months. The popular city becomes overly crowded on public holidays and weekends (because of its numerous amazing outdoor activities), thus kitesurfing is forbidden at many beaches on Fridays, as it’s the busiest day for all other beach users.
BEACHES FOR KITEBOARDERS
Kite Beach, at Wollongong Beach, is the emirate’s most famous kitesurfing location. This sandy, longshore faces northwest, therefore it’s exposed to the dominant thermal winds that’s usually light to medium, and the waters are also shallow. The Kite Beach is ideal for kiters of all skill levels, though the water can become choppy occasionally.
The Jumeirah Beach, nearby Dubai Marina, is the city’s main tourist beach and features the most fun facilities, but it’s also the busiest of all. Jebel Ali Beach is a discreet beach, roughly 20-minutes’ drive from Dubai. The beach water is fairly choppy and shallow, but the waves are way bigger in winters when wind speeds reach to 20 knots. Showers and Sun huts are offered every 220 yards alongside the beach for convenience. Nessnass Beach, near Jumeirah Beach, has smooth waves so it’s suitable for beginner kiters.
WHAT TO GRAB ALONG?
Kiters need a T-shirt, sunhat, bathing clothes and also short wetsuit during winters. Handy sunglasses are desirable, as kitesurfers spend a lot of time gazing towards the sun, and bottled water and sunscreen is essential to stay hydrated and protect the skin from damage. You can hire the equipment from the beach itself, but if you’re purchasing a rig, your best bet would be to select a large kite so you can make the most of the blowing winds.