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Diving in the United Arab Emirates

Explore diving in the United Arab Emirates

While the United Arab Emirates is well-known for its glossy hotels, there is plenty to do and see under the water. You can find a little bit of everything in the range of dive sites offered by this nation.

The United Arab Emirates is a great place for all levels of diver. It is even the perfect place to earn your first certification as most of the dive sites are relatively shallow and without heavy currents. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced diver, you are sure to love your dive trip to the United Arab Emirates.

The Arabian Gulf offers a plethora of wrecks outside its harbor, while the East Coast bordering the Gulf of Oman in the Indian Ocean, offers pristine reefs and a couple small wrecks.

Dive sites and dive shops in the United Arab Emirates

Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.

Common marine life sightings for United Arab Emirates

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Where to dive in the United Arab Emirates

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Both Dubai’s and Abu Dhabi’s international airports welcome flights from around the world. There is an additional international airport in Sharjah that hosts flight originating in the Middle East.

It is also possible to reach the United Arab Emirates by car from neighbouring countries or by ship.

Once you have safely arrived in the United Arab Emirates, travel around the country is easily completed by metro, taxis, rental cars and buses.

Traveling to the East Coast will add 90 minutes to both sides of your diving day - a journey well worth it to take advantage of the vibrant reefs and plentiful marine life found in the area.

Time Zone
UTC+04:00
Phone
+971
Currency
AED
Voltage
220 V
Pressure
Pounds/square inch (psi)
Plug
C, D, G
Languages
Arabic, English
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Dubai Intl (DXB)

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United Arab Emirates: top locations for diving

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