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Desert Islands Watersports Centre is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Devepment Dive Resort and watersport centre offering exciting scuba diving tours, sailing, deep sea  fishing, island cruising, snoreklling in Ruwais.

Located in Jebal Dhanna area on Sir Bani Yas Island, the waters around the island offers a wide variety of marine life, much of which is unique to the region. Visit our bespoke watersport centre and be enthralled by the beauty of the aquatic realm. The centre is managed by Al Mahara Diving Centre and provides high standard of service to all the island guests.

The Watersports Centre features:
•Lecture room
•Amwaj restaurant & lounge (great Middle Eastern cuisine with a wonderful seaview by the "Dive Bay")
•Reception and welcome area
•Diving pool up to 3meter depth
•Retail outlet (we carry high quality branded scuba diving and marinesports products)
•Kit issue Centre
•Medical clinic

Activities we offer (2015):

•PADI programs (from beginners to instructor level)
•PADI Specialty Courses

•PADI Bubblemaker birthday parties

•Youth programs - Bubblemakers, Seal Team, Jr Open Water Diver, Jr Advance Open Water, Jr Rescue Diver, Jr Master Scuba Diver

•Discover Scuba and Discover snoreklling

•Scuba diving trips (suitable for all levels)

•Equipment Hire (including underwater Go Pro hire)

•Available Enriched Air diving EAN32 80cuft cylinders (must be EAN certified or can take the Discover Enriched Air experience)

•Beach snorekeling or boat snorkelling to nearby snorkel/dive sites

•Emergency First Reponse programs

•PADI Swim School programs

•Manager and corporate retreats

•Youth group programs

•17' Sailing Catamaran sailing trip

•Deep Sea Fishing

•Reef Check Training

•Ladies only activities including learn-to-swim program

•Project Aware activities including underwater and  beach clean ups

•Adventure camping/diving packages or eco-island packages

Stand Up Paddle Board

Kayak Fishing (for expereinced kayakers only)

PADI Career Development internship program


Traditional Dhow Experiences

Traditional Pearl Diving

Traditional Dhow Sunset Cruise

Traditonal Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cross Channel Crossing

The watersports centre ensure the use of environmentally smart initiatives includes techniques for smart water consumption reduction, sustainable lighting and irrigation strategies and waste management.

It would be our pleasure to arrange your visit. You can email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact us at +971 8015454 (asking for the watersports center).


News & Events

Marine life and birds around Sir Bani Yas Island

Many wonderful marine life and bird species are found around the Sir Bani Yas Island and Umm Al Kirkum area.


PADI Pool Party

PADI Pool Party on 3rd October

Part of the fun is introducing people to experience their first breathes underwater and experinece the weightlessness of inner space in the comforts of the swimming pool.

Traditional Pearl Diving Experience
Take a journey into the past and learn about the traditional pearl diving inthe Arabian Gulf.