Water sports in Abu Dhabi

Five aquatic pursuits to check out in the city.


By Time Out Dubai Staff

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Shoot up into the air with a little help from a pair of jet-propelled boots that are fuelled by the water. The technique takes some mastering and you might have to endure a couple of belly flops before you push through the air like your favourite superhero.
Prices vary. The Bayshore, InterContinental Abu Dhabi (02 666 6888).

Paddling through the Mangrove National Park is one the top things to do here. Make sure to keep a lookout for flamingos, turtles, sea snakes and plenty more.
Noukhada Adventure Company, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street, (02 558 1889).

If you’re looking for a team-based activity, gather your bunch and contact the fun fellows at The Yellow Boats. Then, hold on tight as the captain takes you on a 30-minute whirlwind tour of the capital as you feel the cool spray of the ocean.
Prices vary. The Yellow Boats, Emirates Palace Marina, (800 892).

Take in views of the city from the water as you balance precariously on a paddleboard with the help of an paddle. SUP is swiftly gaining popularity in the UAE and is seen as a full-body workout that is fun, easy and social.
A few classes with the team at Hydro Marine Sports might just have you doing paddleboard yoga in no time.
Prices vary. Hydro Marine Sports, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street, (050 243 7382).

Glide across the water as you’re strapped to a pair of skis and a motorboat tugs you along for the ride. And, if you’re feeling invincible, sign up for barefoot skiing. The team at Halla Walla seem to be experts in a range of water activities (such wake surfing, wake skating, knee boarding) suitable for enthusiasts as young as three.
Prices vary Halla Walla, Al Bandar Marina, (056 991 3800).

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