Surf’s still up

Dubai surfers not banned in Umm Suqueim, just restricted, says municipality…

Dubai Municipality has clarified it’s stance on surfers in Dubai. Enthusiasts have not been banned from beaches in Umm Suqueim but must stick to dedicated areas to leave space for swimmers.

"This move comes taking into consideration the safety of a large number of swimmers who flock to this particular beach throughout the year. This doesn't mean that surfers are not allowed there. They can use areas beyond the demarcated area and other parts of the beach," said Alya Al Harmoudi, head of the Coastal Zone Management and Waterways Section at the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality.

A section of Umm Suqueim 2 beach has now been cordoned off using buoys that keep out the surfers. Al Harmoudi added that one surfer in the area had been fined because he was not abiding by the rules stipulated for beach-goers.

"Safety of beach-goers is paramount to Dubai Municipality. We have now demarcated this area for swimmers and are now studying the prospect of doing the same for surfers as well taking into consideration the waves and swell."

For more details on the rules log onto www.dubaicoast.ae

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