Fines of up to Dhs2,000 for riding your jet ski too close to the beach
Do it enough times and it’ll be confiscated for a month, too
Not everyone in Abu Dhabi owns a jet ski. But clearly there are enough of you out there doing it wrong that Abu Dhabi’s Department of Tourism (DOT) decided to issue the following warning on social media:
— دائرة النقل “DoT” (@AbuDhabiDoT) May 21, 2018
That’s right, if you’re caught zipping about on your personal water-motorbike within 200 metres of a beach in Abu Dhabi, you’ll be in for a hefty fine and potential impounding.
No official reason was given for why you need to keep your jet ski a safe distance from the shoreline, but we suspect it probably has something to do with precisely that; safety.
The first offence will net you a Dhs500 fine, with a subsequent second penalty amounting to Dhs1,000.
If you’re caught doing it a third time (and by this point you should really know better), you’ll be subject to a Dhs2,000 and have your jet ski impounded for one month.
In which case, you’ll be left standing on the shore in a damp life jacket and sunglasses feeling a bit daft. Not a good look, bro.