Diving in Dubai : best places, rates + tips

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Among all the activities you can do during your trip to Dubai. Diving is one of those activities that will leave you with unforgettable memories. In this little guide, I will tell you about best diving spots in Dubai as well as all you need to know to practice the snorkeling or the scuba diving in the United Arab Emirates.


where to dive in dubai

Diving is a virtually safe activity for healthy and well-equipped people, but a few precautions should be taken for even more safety.

If you want to go diving in Dubai but you are not an expert in diving, you will always be accompanied by a instructor who will be able to guide you, and in particular help you to respect the levels Note that it is also important to dive only when conditions are suitable. Note that it is also important to dive only when conditions are suitable, i.e. when :

  • The currents are not too strong,
  • The water temperature is not too low,
  • The visibility under water is good.

When traveling to Dubai, there is also an important criterion to meet: you should not go to altitude after diving. Indeed, during a dive, the compressed air that you breathe will cause the formation of small gas bubbles in your body. As long as these bubbles are present, exposing yourself to the atmospheric pressure at altitude or in the cabin of an airplane can cause decompression sickness.

This means that it is very strongly discouraged to go diving on your last day before taking the plane back home. This is also true for the others activities at altitude in Dubai the visit of the Burj Khalifa or the observatory Sky Views for example.

Depending on the depth and duration of your diving session, it is recommended to wait between 15 and 24 hours before flying or going to a high altitude location.

When to dive in Dubai ?

In Dubai, the water temperature varies from 22°C to 33°C on average. This means that you can dive all year round – and sometimes even without a wetsuit.

The best diving experiences in Dubai

Learn to scuba dive just a stone’s throw from downtown Dubai

diving jumeirah beach

If you are a beginner and you want to learn how to dive before going to explore the deep sea, you will have the opportunity to do a initiation to scuba diving since the Jumeirah beach.

During this activity which lasts about two hours, you will be accompanied by professional and certified instructors, and you will learn all the basics of scuba diving such as:

  • How to equip yourself,
  • Safety instructions to follow,
  • How to breathe properly underwater,
  • How to go to depth gradually while respecting the decompression stops…

Then, for 45 minutes, you will dive to 12 meters deep to discover the underwater life and the beauty of the sea bed.

Get your PADI Open Water certification in Dubai

If you’ve already done one or more introductory dives and want to take it to the next level, you’re going to need that first dive certification that is recognized worldwide and will allow you to dive more freely.

You will learn in depth the basics of diving, the handling and maintenance of the equipment, all the safety rules, as well as practical exercises to improve yourself. At the end of this 2-day course in Fujairah, you will obtain a real diploma and will be PADI Ope certified  Water This will allow you to dive to a depth of 18 meters in all seas of the world – and even without a guide in some destinations.

This PADI Open training 2-day water in Fujairah is composed of online theory courses, on-site lessons and diving in the pool and in open water in the Gulf of Oman. It also includes one night in a full board hotel in a beach resort.

Dive in Fujairah

diving in fujairah

Fujairahis the capital of the emirate of the same name. It is the only city of the United Arab Emirates which is located in the Gulf of Oman. It is about 120 kilometers east of Dubai, so you can easily get there on a day trip.

There are some beautiful religious and historical buildings to see in this city, including the Al-Bidya Mosque, the Fujairah Fort and the Sheik Zayed Mosque – the second largest of the seven emirates after the one in Dubai.

But if this destination interests us particularly today, it is because it is the one of the best diving spots that you can discover during a stay in Dubai.

Here, the seabed is really beautiful and full of life, with notably a great number of colorful fish and sea turtles.

Several excursions are proposed. You will be picked up directly in Dubai and will discover the underwater fauna and flora of the Gulf of Oman, with several types of diving to choose from in Fujairah:


Snorkeling with mask, snorkel and fins. Suitable for all ages


Learn the basics of snorkeling and scuba diving with an instructor


Scuba diving for beginners

Learn the basics of diving + discover one of the best spots in the country + barbecue


Dive at Atlantis The Lost Chamber Aquarium

If you are planning a trip to Dubai, you have probably already heard about the Atlantis Hotel one of the most incredible palaces in the world. Among the many attractions offered in this large complex, you can discover The Lost Chambers Aquarium and The Ambassador Lagoon which are among the most popular family attractions in Dubai.

aquarium atlantis dive

The Ambassador Lagoon is a huge aquarium that contains approximately 11 million liters of water (salt and fresh). Together with The Lost Chambers aquarium, they house more than 65 000 fish and mammals. The good news is that it is also possible to dive there, in order to discover the diversity of this incredible fauna. You will have the opportunity to swim with giant rays and harmless sharks.

Here too, several experiences are offered, and you can snorkel to stay close to the surface, or go deep into this incredible aquarium for a real scuba diving session:

  • The experience of Scuba diving at Atlantis The Lost Chambers Aquarium is an activity that holds many surprises and thrills. Again, no experience is required, but you will undergo a short training session with an instructor (each participant is supervised by a professional instructor) before diving into the aquarium. Two options are available: Discovery Dive for beginners and non-certified divers; and Explorer Dive for certified divers who will be able to dive deeper.
  • The snorkeling Ultimate Atlantis Aquarium The Lost Chambers The Lost Chambers Aquarium is a family-friendly attraction, accessible even to those with no previous experience, where you can discover an incredible marine world. Just below the surface, you will be able to observe the richness of life that populates this aquarium.


Since July 2021, the city of Dubai holds a new world record thanks to this incredible pool that contains almost 15 million liters of water (the equivalent of 6 Olympic swimming pools) and which allows to dive at 60 meters deep… A record largely beaten since previously the deepest pool in the world was in Poland and was “only” 45 meters deep! The record was approved by the Guinness World Record.

At first glance, diving in a pool might seem less exciting than diving in the open sea, but at Deep Dive Dubai Everything has been thought of to make the experience unique. First of all, the water is constantly maintained at 30°C, which allows you to dive in a wetsuit or a simple bathing suit. But above all, a real underwater city has been recreated underwater, in order to give divers the feeling of discovering the remains of a sunken city. Light and sound effects also create several different atmospheres for an even more memorable experience.

The deepest pool in the world is accessible to everyone from 10 years old.

It is located in the middle of the city, not far from the subway station of Dubai Mall and is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 20:00.

That’s the end! I hope you enjoyed this article about diving in Dubai.

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