Search out the Shamal on this kitesurfing course in Dubai.
A zoned beach dedicated to windsports, head down to Dubai’s kitesurf mecca in search of the iconic Shamal north wind that makes this humble 14km stretch of sand so infamous. Whether you just want a taste of what kiting is all about - or you’re ready to commit to a full course, master the basics with kitesurfing lessons in Dubai.
This activity takes place on Kite Surf Beach in Dubai. A 14km shoreline dedicated to windsports, it is situated close to Jumeirah’s main street and can be accessed from downtown Dubai. Neighbouring the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj al Arab, it overlooks the ‘World’ archipelago.
Meet your instructor at the activity base on kite beach for this beginner’s kitesurfing course. Following an official IKO curriculum, guests can sign up for a taster lesson, intro course or full IKO 2 certification on a private or group basis. Whatever option you choose, each lesson starts on the sand with a short safety briefing and weather reading – explaining the prevailing wind conditions and what to expect during the day. A beginner kitesurfing course covers both the practical and theoretical basis of kitesurfing, organised into two defining stages – land & water. Working in close contact with your instructor, learn about flying a kite, wind speed and direction, wind windows and power zones – moving on to a training kite, launching and body dragging on the sand. Once you’ve nailed the essentials, you will move into the shallow, waist-height water, trying kite control and adding a board into the mix. A fun, hands-on experience for all ages and abilities, high-quality rental is included – meaning you get to demo the latest kit from industry leaders like Ozone.
Dubai enjoys northerly winds along the Persian Gulf with consistent conditions throughout the year. The Shamal wind is considered the best for kitesurfing, occurring as frequently as two to three times per month between December and February. Kite Beach has a predominately NW wind direction making it straight on-shore conditions, wave height can reach up to 1meter high.