Learn a new sport and join Dubai's kitesurfing community
Time Out Dubai staff
Ozzy Shihab, founder of kitesurfing company AWE Kitesurfing, says the kites they fly are around 15ft wide, as there isn’t a great deal of wind in Dubai, so they have to be big to maximise what’s available. Novices, however, will begin by using a 3ft learner kite, known as a foil. In a lesson, you’ll first learn a few basic skills needed to fly and control a kite. Once that’s mastered, you’ll start to factor in the board, used to pull you across the waves. The first lesson is to understand which direction the wind is coming from. Then you’ll need to keep your hands at waist height and treat the handle like a steering wheel, moving it right and left in the direction you want the kite to move. You’ll notice how incredibly strong the wind feels and how satisfying it is to quickly gain more control over the beast in the sky. You might need a few lessons with the kite on the sand, though, before taking to the water with one of the 15-footers. Introductory semi-private lesson Dhs250; regular lesson Dhs350 per hour. Lesson length varies, depending on wind. AWE Kitesurfing, www.kitesurfdubai.ae (050 558 6190).
Dubai Kitefly Club
Offers various courses and a kiteshop. One-hour single semi-private lesson Dhs250, private lesson Dhs350 – check website for more options. www.kitesurf.ae, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 254 7440).
Standalone session: Dhs700, 2 hour session; rate Dhs350 per hour. Standard Package: Dhs1,800, 6 hour sessions; Rate Dhs300 per hour. Public beach, between Dubai Offshore Sailing Club and Jumeirah Beach Park, www.ducomaritime.com (050 870 3427).
Kiteboarding at Kite Beach A combination of surfing, wakeboarding and kiting, kiteboarding involves the wind propelling you over the water on a board. It’ll take you a while to pick it up, but there’s never a dull moment. Fastest kiteboard speed ever? 55.6 knots! Dhs300 per person per lesson. Kite Beach, off Jumeirah Beach Road (050 226 5134).
Kiteboarding Oman Based in Muscat, this kite centre is associated with Oman World Tourism. Along with instruction in kiteboarding, the company can also arrange trips to Al Masirah Island in the south east of Oman. It’s the first internationally-accredited kite boarding centre in the Gulf. www.kiteboarding-oman.com (+968 96 323 524).
Kitepeople Trading Focuses on non-motorised water sports such as kitesurfing, but also offers wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding and a wide range of sports accessories. Lessons are available through Xtreme Water Sports at Sheikh Hamdan beach. Shop 22, England cluster, International City www.kitepeople.ae (050 455 9098).
Kitepro Abu Dhabi Learn kitesurfing the safest and fastest way with this school. Sessions can be for singles or in small groups. Not available for the month of August. Call Sameh on 050 544 1494 for lessons at various locations. www.kitepro.ae.
Kitesurf Dubai Learn Kitesurfing with Certified Instructors using the most advanced equipment. Groups welcome. Gift certificates available. Dhs250 per person (starting price for group lessons). Open daily until sunset. Jumeirah, www.kitesurfdubai.ae (050 558 6190).
SeaYou.ae Based on the Palm Jumeirah (Sofitel and Kempinski Hotels), SeaYou.ae offers daily Stand Up Paddle Yoga and Pilates lessons as well as SUP tours with certified instructors SeaYou also offer a guided kayak tours around The Palm allowing visitors to see sights of the city from a different angle. SeaYou also stock kayak and paddle board equipment to purchase. Dhs125 SUP yoga and pilates. Kayak tours from Dhs 230 for a single kayak. www.seayou.ae (04 420 6100).
UAE Kitesurfers The one-stop portal for everything related to kitesurfing – instructors, gear, news, weather conditions and other useful information. www.kitesurfinguae.com (050 562 6383).