It seems nothing can slow down the tempo of Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Abu Dhabi is yet another city that has embraced the sport. It’s fun, it is most definitely a great way of keeping fit, and at this stage, and it is also a very convenient way to do exercise while social distancing. This criterion, unfortunately, needs to be acknowledged at this stage. Hopefully, this will change shortly.
Mangrove National Park
While there are plenty of watercourses, shorelines and waterways for people to head on out and get going, one of the more popular venues for Stand Up Paddleboarding in Abu Dhabiis the sprawling Mangrove National Park.The park is home to turtles, foraging foxes and marine mammals like the rare dugong and even the occasional dolphin. It is very popular with visitors and nature lovers. One of the best ways to explore it is via the channels and water routes. Other popular Stand Up Paddleboarding venues include Saadiyat Island, El Raha Beach, Al Reem Island, Yas Island and the beautiful Yas Beach, with Al Raha Beach very popular amongst Stand Up Paddleboarders of all skill levels.
The Stand Up Paddleboarding that happens in Abu Dhabi is in flat water only. There are usually no waves, and on rare occasions, there are tiny waves, so the inflatable standup paddleboard model is ideal. It is also easier for beginners to getgoing and to enjoy what the sport offers.
There is a popular Stand Up Paddleboard Abu Dhabi Facebook group with just under 2, 000 members –https://www.facebook.com/groups/abudhabisup/– and there are several other clubs and resources for those wishing to stand up paddleboard in the area.