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Diving in Dubai?

Discussion in 'The Gulf' started by koksie, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. koksie

    koksie Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Willemstad, Curacao
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    Hi all,

    I am going to be in Dubai for three days next week and am wondering if it is worth it to make a dive during my stay. I love diving and try to squeeze in a dive when I get the chance, but a quick read on the forum does not really give me much hope...

    I will be with my wife on a short honeymoon, so I am not able to spend too much time on diving. I think I'll manage to convince her to give me half a day, so one dive on a nearby divesite should be possible, but from reading the threads here, I get the feeling that there are no possibilities for such a short timeframe.

    Dibba Rock, Musandam, etc. seem to be too far out for me I guess. Is it worth or even possible to dive somewhere in or "close" to Dubai, or are all worthwhile divesites out of reach for half a day? I don't really like aquarium dives, so the Dubai Aquarium is not an option for me.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. RainPilot

    RainPilot CCR Instructor Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: UAE
    4,079
    3,732
    113
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  3. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    5,590
    4,239
    113
    As far as I know there are no dive boats operating out of Dubai these days.

    An hour's drive north to RAK will get you to Al Jazeira or east to Fujairah but unless it's a weekend not much chance of getting a dive in.

    Two hour drive to Dibba and you should get a dive in with Sandy Beach, Freestyle or Diver's Down.

    Bring your wife, she can sit on the beach if she wants to, otherwise I wouldn't bother.
     
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  4. koksie

    koksie Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Willemstad, Curacao
    55
    1
    8
    Thanks for your help and tips, I think we'll pass on the diving this time, doesn't seem to be worth the effort and rush.
     
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  5. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    5,590
    4,239
    113
    It would be different if you were here in summertime and had at least a week to spare over a weekend (Fri/Sat).
     

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