- 03 February 2011 | Surfing
Surfing and kitesurfing in Dubai will be restricted to special zones. The local municipality wants to ensure swimmers and beach goers enjoy peacefully the pleasures of water and sand.
The Coastal Zone Management and Waterways Section has determined 900-metre wide special zone for surfers, at Umm Suqeim Beach. In the next months there will also be a reserved are for kitesurfing and paragliding in all Dubai beaches.
The announcement was made during the peak surfing season, when Dubai gets the best swell and winds for wave sports. After the constructions of artificial islands, Umm Suqeim Beach-2 and Sunset Beach are the only quality spots to ride waves.
Surfers who don't respect the beach rules will be fined, as warning signboards were placed in several beaches. Nevertheless, a 900-metre special surfing zone is quite good for the growing number of surfers hitting these exotic waters.
In Jumeirah Beach and Nessnass Beach, kitesurfers are strongly advised to respect the swimming area. The number of kite enthusiasts has grown - locals and surf tourists - and the wind lines are crowding the water areas.