The Surf in Dubai is seasonal from October-April with the best and most consistent months being December, January and February. The water temperature ranges between 25-30 degrees Celsius at the start and end of the season. Between December to February temperatures range between 20-22 degrees celsius.
The average wave height recorded from the "Dubai Coastal zone monitoring" is 0.67 meters, which in feet is just above (2 feet). The highest ever recorded wave to hit the shores of Dubai was in 2007 reading at 3.49 Meters which is just over 11 feet. Not bad considering most people view Dubai as being a city in the desert with absolutely no surf at all!
The best swells arrive when strong low pressure systems develop at the top of the gulf (Kuwait) and the strong Northerly (NW) winds continue to blow through past Bahrain and Qatar. The fetch (distance of water over which the wind can blow) of the Arabian Gulf is 1000 kilometers. Whilst this technically doesn't qualify us for any real 'Ground Swell' (requires fetch +2000km), on a good day it is sometimes hard to believe you're in the Arabian Gulf. During the winter months solid head high days happen fairly often (about 10 times a season) and when they do it's almost like the stoke is tripled!
The most common swells in Dubai are from local winds, or just a bit further north, near Qatar. This means a lot of wind and fairly messy surf. A small, onshore, choppy wave is better than no wave!
The first surfers actually living in Dubai date back to about 1990 where there was only a handful of guys foraging for waves along the Gulf's sandy beaches and rocky inlets. We could name them all for you but don't want to bore you. Let's just say there were no crowds and everyone knew each other! The best part was that you could surf any beach in Dubai you wanted. Depending on the tide and which sand banks were working you could literally pick any spot along the coast.
To date the surfing scene in the region has grown exponentially, particularly in the last 13 years (2005-2018). From no more than a dozen surfers in the mid-nineties, the Surf Dubai membership alone is now home to over 1000+ surfers.
With the influx of many expatriates from Australia, South Africa, Brazil and USA the level of surfing has also risen significantly. Dubai is lucky to have had some great surfers (some ex-professional) move here and share their love for the sport. The U.A.E's first surfing competition (Surf House Dubai's Sunset Open 2010) was a perfect reflection of the talent now growing amongst Dubai's beach breaks. Now in it's 7th year, the Corona Sunset Open 2018 at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is set to be an exciting exhibition of the modern state of Dubai's surf community.
In earlier days, the accessibility for surfing goods was very limited… almost non-existent! With the inception of Surf House Dubai, and several other retail outlets, this has changed a great deal. World class surfboards and accessories are now readily available. Surf Dubai are now suppliers of Global Surf Industry (Chilli, Hayden, Mctavish etc) and Surfboard Agency surfboards. We also stock Creatures of Leisure and Shapers Australia accessories as well as wide range of surf & beach accessories. Check out our store for a full listing of the brands and products we hold.