Dubai itself has only limited diving opportunities – the offshore marine environment has been significantly damaged by development and there are no natural reefs – although a number of wreck dives lie reasonably close to shore. It does, however, lie within easy striking distance of outstanding dive sites off the UAE’s east coast in Fujairah, and off the Musandam peninsula in Oman, both of which are only a couple of hours’ drive away. For more detailed information about the region’s dive sites, pick up a copy of the UAE Underwater Explorer guidebook, available at bookshops throughout the city. Watersports facilities are available at many of the beachside hotels and through a couple of operators in the marina. Typical offerings include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, banana-boating, wakeboarding and deep-sea fishing. The city also boasts several water parks, including Wild Wadi, Aquaventure and Splashland at Wonderland, while Yas Waterworld on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is also easily reachable in a day-trip from Dubai.

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