It takes a whole lot of grit to fly up thousands of feet in an aircraft, and then throw the door open and jump off it! But what happens after the jump? You find yourself soaring through the air like a free bird, with a view that you’re only likely to get in a moment like this. There really is no sport as fun, simple and thrilling as skydiving.

Over the last few years, Dubai has slowly crept its way into the list of the world’s best skydiving spots. One of the biggest reasons for this, besides their strong expertise, is the bird’s eye view of the manmade isles of Palm Jumeirah. Both first timers and expert divers have begun to jot Dubai down onto their lists. So if a rush of adrenaline is your idea of fun, you should too.

This simple guide will help you plan and prepare for the best experience of skydiving in Dubai.

Things To Know About Skydiving In Dubai
  • Only legal adults, i.e., those above 18 years of age can make the jump.
  • Your body weight must be within the specified limit. It’s usually about 90 kgs for women and 100 kgs for men.
  • Although the sport is very safe, you will be required to sign a liability waiver form after understanding all the possible risks involved with skydiving.
  • If it’s your first time, it will be a tandem jump. This means an expert instructor will be making the jump while attached to you.
  • The weather plays a vital role in this sport, since it does involve going up to a certain height in an aircraft. Try and book the jump on days when clear skies have been predicted.
  • The entire process takes about three hours, so plan your schedule accordingly. There will also be specific times of the day when you can make the jump.
  • A moderate fitness level is a must. It is not advisable to make the jump if you suffer from any sort of injury or serious health issues.
  • Eat light, but well. Wear comfortable clothing, and sport shoes are a must.
The Skydiving Experience
  • Once you sign up, your instructor will give you all the safety guidance, including a step-by-step instructions and correct body posture.
  • You will then be strapped and geared up, and flown up to 10,000-12,000ft in an open aircraft. The ride will take about 20-30 minutes.
  • At the right altitude, the instructor will take the lead and advise you to jump. He/she will also record the jump through photographs and videos.
  • You will free fall for 60-90 seconds, before the parachute is opened. This slow ride will be about 5-7 minutes, during which you can take in the views of Dubai from a comfortably airborne position.
  • No matter how confident you are, your nerves will act up once you get up there. So try to stay calm, breathe deeply and enjoy the ride!
Types of Jumps

1. Tandem Jump

All first-timers are introduced to skydiving via a tandem jump. The idea is that you jump off the aircraft ‘in tandem’ with an instructor, who you are attached to with a harness. The instructor handles everything from when and how to jump to maneuvering the parachute to land safely at the drop spot. Tandem Jumps are fun and pretty simple, considering that all you have to do is follow the instructions and enjoy the view.

2. Accelerated Free Fall (AFF)

The AFF is not for first-timers, but you can attempt it even if you’re not a professional. This requires an extensive amount of training, but you will be rewarded with an opportunity to dive on your own, and a minute-long free fall. You will be assisted by two instructors; one will hold on to you until you deploy your parachute, and the other will be on-ground, but will guide you via radio to land correctly. If you’ve attempted skydiving multiple times before, you can give this a shot, subject to certain conditions.

3. Static Line Jump

A static line jump lies somewhere between tandem and AFF. You can jump solo, but the parachute deployment will be controlled by a static line attached to the aircraft. The free fall is short, whereas the training lasts for almost a day.

Where to Skydive in Dubai

Dubai’s only skydive centre is Skydive Dubai, an eight-year-old company with an excellent track record and several Guinness World Records. It runs all skydiving operations in the city at two locations – the Desert Campus Drop Zone and the Palm Drop Zone.

Desert Campus Drop Zone – Understandably, this one offers a dive in a desert zone, where you can see mounds of sand stretching out below you, with the Dubai skyline in the distance. This location also has a school for trainees looking to become professional skydivers.

Palm Drop Zone – The more expensive of the two, the Palm Drop Zone will give you a glorious aerial view of Palm Jumeirah as well as the Atlantis Hotel, Burj Al Arab, The World islands, and Dubai Marina.

Indoor Skydiving

Not everyone is ready to face the thrill in their first try, but who says they still can’t enjoy the experience? Indoor Skydiving is an exciting attraction in Dubai, which allows you to attempt the sport in the confines of a large tube with a gush of air hitting you from the bottom. It recreates the entire experience for you in a safe, secure environment, without an instructor strapped to your back.

A quick information and training session will be held first, after which even young children can try the activity. The strong wind inside the tunnel will lift you up, and you can go as high as you can manage within the tube. There will be a trainer inside the tube to assist you, but you’ll be attempting the flight by yourself.

It’s cheaper, less time consuming and less risky, so you can definitely give it a shot. But if you’ve got something a little more memorable in mind, the outdoor skydive will definitely be an experience of a lifetime.