Surfing in United Emirate States
The United Arab Emirates might not be your first-choice for a surfing trip but with a part of the coast exposed to the Indian Ocean there is still plenty of swell reaching the coast. The unique shape of the Persian Gulf creates a channel that captures the northwest wind swells that come during the winter months. The shamals winds as they are called can produce good waves that can go up to 4-6 ft creating a variety of conditions that makes the UAE a great place to learn how to surf. Despite numerous construction projects that opened and closed many beaches around the capital of the country, Dubai still offers good waves for beginner or advanced surfers that can find a time and break to enjoy some quality waves. On rare occasions the east coast of the country receives incredible cyclone swells that produce long point breaks and epic surf conditions that no one would ever imagine to happen in this part of the world. The country also has one of the first and best surf pools in the world. The wave park is located less than 2h by car away from Dubai and attracts all kinds of surfers who either want to learn how to surf in a controlled environment or advanced surfers looking to improve their skills. As you can see there are surf spots all over the UAE in various forms, strengths and shapes at different times of the year. All you gotta do now is schedule a trip and check it out yourself.
Climate in United Emirate States
The United Arab Emirates climate is desertic, with mild winters and very hot, sunny summers, with the humidity of the Persian Gulf increasing a lot the heat index. Almost all the rainfall happens during the winter months. The rains are not common, but sometimes can be intense creating some heavy unexpected downpoors. The best time to surf in the UAE is during the winter months (December to February) when northwesterly winds create good size waves in the country. The water temperature is warm throughout the whole year.
Best surf spots in United Emirate States
There are good quality breaks all over the UAE in various forms, strengths and shapes The most famous surf spots are situated nearby the capital, Dubai. Sunset Beach is one of Dubai’s closest and busiest beach breaks, located in the heart of Jumeirah, with the Surf House and Surf Café just around the corner. North Beach is up north of Dubai, heading towards Sharjah, the beach is not officially open as the construction of the Pearl Dubai Residences is going on around it, but this is a surfer’s paradise. Al Khan Beach offers a small and clean beach break perfect for beginners. Tim’s Reef is located on UAE’s east side, faces the Indian Ocean, and it's probably UAE’s only reef break.
Meal price range
Simple meals start at $5 USD. Mid-range meals start at $20 USD. Dining & drinking at high-end restaurants can cost anywhere from $150-200 USD
There are a few places where you can rent gear. Boards start at $30 USD for 2 hours.
Prepaid SIM cards
Etisalat is a good choice. SIM cards can only be purchased from official stores. Prepaid packages start at $25 USD.
The UAE is very car-centric. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah all have public bus services that are cheap and efficient.
Taxis can be found everywhere. There is no train network.
Car rentals start at $50 USD a day.
$0.52 USD a liter.
Types of risks
Frequent sand and dust storms
How to prepare
Citizens from Brazil, Switzerland, Japan and 51 other countries can enter the UAE without a visa for 30-180 days, depending on which country. Citizens from Australia, the US, UK and 17 other countries can get a visa on arrival, good for 30 days.
Although it's not mandatory, it’s recommended that you have been vaccinated for hepatitis A & B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, Tdap, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella.
Things to know
Language & Currency
Arabic is the official language, but the most popular foreign language is English.
The currency is UAE dirham (Dhs)
Best time to go
The season in Dubai is from October-April but the best and most consistent months are December, January, and February.
Checking Surf forecast
Checking the forecast about a week before your trip is always a good idea. Understanding what the waves will be like and knowing what gear to pack is essential. You can check the forecast for the waves here.
Do I need pack a pharmacy kit
You should bring a basic kit. Including ear drops, eye drops, bandaids, ear plugs, gaze, alcohol, mosquito repellent and broad spectrum antibiotic ointment.
World Nomads has great travel insurance packages that are not super expensive and they cover surfing.
Check surf pictures of the United Emirates States at #uaesurf