Got the need for speed? Here’s where you can get in on some jetski action in Dubai.

few years ago the maritime authorities clamped down completely on the use of jetskis in Dubai and it was almost impossible to rent a water scooter in the UAE. Thrill-seekers had to travel as far as Ghantoot to get in on the action. In the last few months, however, restrictions have eased and now they can be used across the coastline provided that unlicensed riders join a tour. This has sparked a number of watersports companies offering specialised excursions where a squadron of jetskis whizz across the water to see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

jet ski in Dubai

1. Sun And Fun Water Sports (Tried & Tested)

“These are the fastest jetskis in Dubai,” says Ayman, our tour guide, and natural born speed fiend. Nervously, we donned our lifejackets, hopped on our water steeds and learned the basics in jetski driving. It’s pretty simple really: press the start button to switch on the engine; squeeze the right lever to accelerate; squeeze the left lever to reverse.

Once you’re out of the small harbour, the entire sea is fair game. Our guide pointed towards a boat in the distance, and zoomed off at a breakneck speed towards it, leaving us in his white wash. The 1,800cc Yamaha jetskis are no joke and can reach speeds of up to 100kmph, but even reaching 50kmph feels like we’re flying. Calm waters allow for smooth rides but as we headed further away from the coast, the sea became more choppy and we found ourselves flying off the seat as we smashed up and over the waves. It’s hair-raising but utterly addictive. For 90 minutes, we zipped across the coastline passing Burj Al Arab, Barasti and JBR before heading out to sea and all the way around the Palm Jumeirah – while Ayman captured photos of our journey, pausing in front of Atlantis The Palm and Burj Al Arab for the obligatory landmark snap.

jet ski in Dubai

For thrill-seeking visitors to Dubai who’d rather be thrown under a sightseeing bus than ride on one, this is the ultimate way to see the city’s coastal sights. For residents, it’s just one more refreshing watersport to add to your summer bucket list.

Umm Sequim 2, Fishing Harbour, Dubai, daily 9am to 7pm, Dhs800 for 90 mins (two people maximum per jetski), Dhs600 for 60 mins, Dhs350 for 30 mins. Tel: +971 54 3035799. Taxi: Umm Sequim Fishing Harbour.

2. SeaRide Dubai

Run by seven-times jetski world champion Steven Dauliach, SeaRide Dubai offers one-hour fun tours for Dhs500 and two-hour discovery tours for Dhs800.

Al Souq Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Dubai, Tue to Fri 10am to noon, 3pm to 5pm. Tel: (055) 1578393. Taxi: Between Mercato and Four Seasons.

3. Ride In Dubai

Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Mina Seyahi tours are all on offer with Ride In Dubai. On Wednesday it’s jetski happy hour from 10am to 2pm where you can rent one jetski and get a second free. Every Tuesday it’s ladies’ day where women receive a 50 per cent discount.

aUmm Suqeim 1 Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah, Dubai, Tue to Sun 9am to 5pm, Dhs750 for 90 mins, Dhs490 for 60 mins, Dhs330 for 30 mins. Tel: (052) 7142600.

While jetskiing is now readily available in Dubai, bear in mind that they can be dangerous to others as well as yourself:

Always wear a life jacket
Stay alert for other drivers
Keep far away from the shore and swimmers
Follow all waterway rules and speed limits
Check around before changing directions