Jet skiing in Dubai is a restricted sport, with only certain areas in which jet skiers are permitted. These areas are designated by yellow buoys that float in the waters at Dubai Marina, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2 and Jumeirah 2 and 3 beaches, with a 300-metre buffer between the machines and those swimming.
Another way to take to the waters is on a JetPad. These battery-powered and virtually noiseless personal watercrafts are touted as a safer, more family-friendly and environmentally friendly alternative to jet skis and jet bikes. They reach a top speed of about 45km/h and have a running time of 60 minutes once the battery has been charged for just 30.
In Abu Dhabi, rent a jet ski at Jet Ski Rent Dubai, located at the Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort (also easily reached from Dubai), and tear up the waters that surround the hotel. The Abu Dhabi Corniche is also a great spot for the sport, with Sea Tourism offering some powerful jet skis along with a full briefing and life jackets. Note that there are strict rules that govern the sport and you’ll have to be over 16 to participate. Those under this age will have to ride with an adult.
In other emirates, the rules on jet skiing vary but many of the bigger hotels can provide jet skiing facilities via their water sports centres.
JetPads: approximately Dhs60,000 per watercraft; www.jet-pad.com (04 399 6199). Jet Ski Rent Dubai: Dhs300 for 30 minutes, Dhs500 for 60 minutes; www.jetskidubai.com (052 983 8959). Sea Tourism: Dhs280 per hour; Villa 23, Royal Marina Villas, behind Marina Mall, www.seatourism.net (02 681 3064).
Jet Ski Dubai
Hire jet-skis in a closed 7km area of calm water, just a 20-minute drive from Dubai Marina. The company also offers packages with beach access and lunch.
From Dhs300 for 30 minutes. Wooden House 2, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort, www.jetskidubai.com (052 983 8959).
Hurtle around on a scooter of the sea at speeds of up to 70kmph. It’s not legal to hire them in Dubai, but you can in Ajman (now there’s a slogan). And when you tire of all that water-based fun, you can check in to the Kempinski Hotel and settle in with a nice meal. Dhs150 (weekdays) / Dhs200 (weekends) entrance fee for non-hotel guests.
Dhs200 for 20 minutes. Kempinski Ajman, www.kempinski.com (06 714 5555).
Conquer the Corniche waves on Sea Tourism’s powerful Jet Skis – full briefing and lifejackets provided.
Dhs280 per hour.Villa 23, Royal Marina Villas, behind Marina Mall, www.seatourism.ae (02 559 1661).
Dhs250 per hour. Open daily 8am-6pm.
Abu Dhabi (050 566 6446).