Best scuba diving adventures in Dubai

Posted: 17-Oct-16 11:47

While it might be renowned for its desert landscapes and arid terrain, the Middle East is particularly good place to enjoy scuba diving activities. The United Arab Emirates has some of the best diving conditions, and in Dubai, there are plenty of place to dive into the underwater world to discover the diverse marine life and ancient shipwrecks that sit on the seabed.

Best scuba diving adventures in Dubai

The Caribbean, Maldives, and Florida all jump out as the world’s top scuba diving destinations, but the Middle East is emerging as one of the best places to explore the underwater world. In the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, is full of scuba diving site, diving schools, and unexplored waters.

Despite its dusty landscapes and richly developed city, Dubai also has an array of scuba diving options for divers of all levels. The waters off the emirate’s coastline are inhabited by diverse marine species, and visitors can also dive with creatures without stepping foot into the sea.The first thing to do is get qualified, and Dubai has a number of diving schools that offer every course, from introductory try-dives, to wreck diving courses, and search and rescue qualifications. One of the most popular courses is open-water diving where participants will learn how to explore lakes, lagoons and the ocean.

Al Boom Diving is a great place to learn open-water diving and the course is split into three sections: classroom instruction in the basic principles and scuba diving rules; four diving sessions in a pool to learn diving basics, and four open water dives, with two taking place off Jumeirah beach and two dives in neighbouring emirate, Fujairah. The course includes materials, certification fees, insurance and diving equipment hire.

Once qualified, divers can explore the magnificent underwater world, and one of the best places to start is the Dubai Mall. In this vast development there is a huge aquarium tank where divers can get close to more than 70 marine species. There’s a “Discover Scuba” dive or a “Shark Dive” where participants will dive with 750-pound Sand Tiger Sharks. Visitors can also take a wreck diving course at the aquarium.
Divers can head out to the open sea off the coast of Dubai and explore diverse sunken ships that lie on the seabed. The “cement barge” sank in 1971 en route to Dubai and now sits 12 metres underwater. It has since become the home of many colourful sea creatures including vibrant coral species. During a dive in Dubai’s waters, divers can catch sightings of green turtles, jellyfish, dugong, dolphins, whales and sharks.

Dubai tourism officials are planning to open a brand new underwater theme park in the emirate. Pearl of Dubai will be an underwater attraction located in the shallow waters off the World Islands development, and will be accessible to scuba divers and snorkelers. The five-acre site will be designed by the art team from the 2009 film “Avatar", and will look like a lost ancient city.


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