Surfing in the Desert?
If the waves aren’t cooking on Sunset Beach in Dubai, grab a taxi to the rugged interior of the country to the small oasis village of Al Ain. There in the shadow of Jebel Hafeet Mountain at the edge of the Empty Quarter, sandwiched among the groves of date palms, surfing awaits. Not sand boarding, either. Try a two-meter (6.75 feet) electric blue wave of chlorinated water breaking every 90 seconds – left, right or closeout in a specially designed pool complete with a concrete beach. Only in the UAE, the home of man-made wonders, would one ever expect to find a marvel such as this. And with a sizable quiver of rentals at hand (and lessons available), everyone can get up and riding in no time. Kayaking, rafting, and an air park are also on hand to top up that adrenaline fix.
By Baxter Jackson, AFAR Local Expert
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