dubai beach sunset
dubai beach sunset

Love an after-dark dip in the sea? You should stop

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Did you know all the rules you need to stick to on Dubai’s beaches? (Lest you be lumped with a fine)…

Now that the furious heat of summer is over, the sea once again offers the chance for a refreshing splash rather than a medium simmer.

However if your favourite time for a paddle is the evening, you might want to think twice.

Dubai Municipality has issued a warning for beachgoers, urging them to follow the rules and not swim after sunset.

The civic body are doing their best to ensure improved safety around the coastline, and are reminding residents of some often-ignored instructions.

 

Violating rules could result in a fine being issued, and though we couldn’t find a definitive list of charges, some are here.

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Littering, for example, could see you hit with a bill of Dhs500, while starting a beach fire could incur a penalty of up to Dhs1,000, according to Gulf News.

No night-time swims

According to a similar campaign by Dubai Police last year, swimming in the dark carries an increased risk of drowning.

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“It does not matter how good of a swimmer you are, sometimes things happen and one can drown,” Lieutenant Colonel Juma Ahmad Bin Darwish Al Falasi told Gulf News.

 The municipality also warned visitors to refrain from swimming when the red flags are raised, to avoid rocks, and to stick within the safe zone (usually signalled with buoys and ropes).

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The campaign isn’t just focusing on the surf either – it’s reminding beachgoers to abide by some courteous guidelines.

Appropriate clothing (so no topless sunbathing) is a must, don’t even think about leaving rubbish behind, and absolutely no fire starters.

Dubai’s beaches are already a little bit safer regardless of the municipality’s campaign after remote-controlled lifeguards were rolled out along the city.

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The machine, nicknamed EMILY, is able to cut through water at 35 kilometres per hour, which is 12 times faster than humans can get those in need.

Additionally, the Dubai Police Search and Rescue team is on call 24/7 and have rescue boats, water bikes and police cars. In case of emergency call the Dubai Police operation room on 999 and explain the situation and the location.

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