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Updated by Lucie Aurore on Apr 29, 2015
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Fun water activities in Abu Dhabi - Top Water Based Activities in Abu Dhabi

As the UAE's most coveted holiday hub Abu Dhabi is home to attractions that may be unusual in the heart of the desert. From water parks to sandy beaches here are the city's top water based activities.



Often regarded as one of the best methods of uncovering the true beauty of Abu Dhabi kayaking excursions are a favourite among seasoned visitors to the Emirati city. Exploring the breathtaking coastlines and backwaters of the city at one's own space visitors will come up close to local wildlife including sea birds, turtles and marine species. The mangrove forest labyrinth near Eastern Ring Road is another kayaking hotspot worthy of exploration.



Tipped to be one of the must-have experience on a tour of Abu Dhabi diving is a rewarding water based activity available to experts as well as novice divers. Learning the basics from institutions such as the Al Mahara Dive Centre visitors can become certified divers under the instructions of PADI coaches available through resorts and various other diving schools in the city. Tourists based at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa or similar well -known resorts offering facilities for water sports in Dubai will have a distinct advantage in this regard.


Paddle Boarding

Often compared to surfing paddle boarding is a relatively new water sports variety making waves around the world and visitors can try their hand at the sport in wind heavy Abu Dhabi. Using oars the water based activity involves paddling one's way through the water. Also known as stand-up paddle boarding the sports is easy to learn and the breezy conditions off the coast of Abu Dhabi are ideal for engaging in the activity. Lessons in SUP are also available through various tour operators in Abu Dhabi including


Jet Ski

Perfect for adrenalin junkie's jet skiing across the waves is not for the faint of heart. Providing visitors with breathtaking views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the coastline lined with iconic structures such as the Emirates Palace jet skiing along the waves at break neck speeds is one of the most thrilling water based experiences one could have in Abu Dhabi. Jet ski rentals are available in Al Meena although visitors can only rent a jet ski if they are above 16 years of age.


Splash Around at Yes Waterworld

Revered as the most expansive water park in all of Abu Dhabi Yas Waterworld is a one of a kind attraction for those who love to splash around all dat. Spread out over 15 acres the venue is home to over 43 water based rides and highlights including slides and pools. Four never before seen rides including the world's first rollercoaster to encompass water and lasers is also on-site at Yas Waterworld while the Bandit Bomber ride is also set to break new ground in liquid-based entertainment.


Go Kitesurfing

Gliding across the water propelled by a kite is one of the most unique water sports adventure visitors can encounter in Abu Dhabi. Popular around the world the sport of kite surfing is available on beaches on Yas Island as well as Saadiyat Island although most public beaches will offer lessons and kitesurfing packages. All one requires are the ability to swim and a healthy appetite for adventure to enjoy this high flying sport.