Stand-up paddleboarding in Dubai
What’s On has details of paddleboarding in Dubai. Discover how to hire paddleboards in Dubai, and where to get paddleboarding lessons.
A popular hobby in the UAE, this gentle watersport is good for your abs – and your peace of mind.
Who started it? It began thousands of years ago in the Pacific Islands where natives carved boards and oars so they could travel from island to island, but it wasn’t until only 20 years ago, when surf superstars like Laird Hamilton started taking a shine to SUP, that it became popular again.
Why do it? It’s a gentle and chilled introduction to board sports. The length and width of the board is generous, which makes balancing easier than on a surfboard. It’s a great workout; while you’re squatting slightly working the legs, your core is engaged and your arms are working the paddle.
WHERE TO TRY IT
Surf House Dubai
The Sunset Beach spot has a range of stand up paddleboarding equipment for hire. Pop into the shop, stop for coffee, grab a paddle, and then make your way to Sunset Beach.
Sunset Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, Dhs75 (one hour), Dhs200 (all day). Tel: (04) 3211309. Taxi: Next to Umm Suqeim Park. surfingdubai.com
The Ignite team at Riva Beach Club on The Palm have all the equipment you need. The water is calm, making it a great beginner spot. If you fancy more of a workout, race your friends to the Rixos Hotel opposite.
Riva Beach Club, The Palm, Dubai, Dhs85 (one hour), Dhs125 (SUP girls class). Tel: (050) 4819335. Taxi: The Palm, Shoreline Residences 8. ignitesurface.com
You can combine stand up paddleboarding with a workout on the beach on The Palm with SUP-Fit. The boot camp style session comprises burpees, sprints and push ups and the first class is free.
Eden Beach Club, Rixos The Palm, Dubai, Wed and Fri 9am, Dhs75. Tel: (055) 2771477. Taxi: The Palm, east crescent. facebook.com/OceanmanUAE