Dubai Diving Sites to Visit in 2022

Dubai is without a doubt, an incredible and unique destination that is worth every traveler’s dream. With its historic sites, ultramodern architecture, mega shopping malls, and luxurious resorts, Dubai is the ultimate holiday go-to place. This avant-garde emirate, where concrete fuses with nature, tops the list of many people with a lingering case of wanderlust. 

Based on the Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), Dubai welcomed 4.88 million visitors from January-October 2021. Dubai’s effective management of the pandemic throughout the city helped reinforce its position as one of the safest destinations in the globe. 

This extraordinary emirate is home to an array of Dubai diving sites that are worth exploring in 2022. Its rich waters are teeming with a wide variety of marine life including more than 300 species of fish. Aside from colorful corals and fish, these dive sites are also favorite playgrounds of turtles including the green turtle and hawksbill turtle. If you’re looking for a unique and memorable underwater adventure, Dubai is the place to be. Check out these scuba diving Dubai prices to guide you on your travel plans. 

Palm Jumeirah

If you’re a beginner or it’s your first time diving, Nemo Diving Center offers Discover Scuba Diving at Azure Residences, the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. This Introductory Diving activity in the tranquil waters around Palm Jumeirah is a fun and safe way for first-timers to come close and personal to stunning corals and marine life. You can also choose from our PADI courses (Beginners, Advanced, Specialties, and Professional courses).

palm jumeirah nemo diving

If you’ve tried day diving and want something new, you can join our night dive in Dubai. Witness animals that usually remain hidden during daytime come out to play and hunt. During the cover of darkness, you can see nocturnal predators in action. Get a chance to encounter shrimps, crabs, lobsters, cuttlefish, octopuses, and other nocturnal creatures that come out of their hiding places. It is also at night when the corals open their polyps to feed.


The wreck of Zainab is undoubtedly one of the favorite sites for wreck diving in Dubai. The ship was used to transport oil but it became a victim of an interception that led to its sinking in 2001. As the years passed by, the wreck turned into a haven for different types of marine species including yellowtail barracuda, batfish, and snappers. It has a minimum depth of 20 meters and a maximum depth of 30 meters which makes it ideal for advanced level divers.

Wreck of Zainab

Mariam Express

Mariam Express was a ro-ro ferry that transported cargo from the UAE to Iraq. The overloaded commercial ship sank with all its cargo in 2006 due to rough sea conditions. The first site has a minimum depth of 18 meters and a maximum depth of 25 meters which makes it ideal for Advanced Open Water or higher. The second site where some of the cargo and construction vehicles are found lies at a shallower depth of 21m. This wreck is now an artificial habitat for yellowtail barracuda, spotted eagle rays, and torpedo rays. This wreck is also home to a variety of nudibranch and flatworms.

mariam express

Cement Barge

This is another famous dive site in Dubai that has a depth of 5 to 20 meters. This shallow site makes it perfect for beginners. You can also go snorkeling and night diving at this site.

cement barge

Sheikh Mohammad’s Barge

DB1/Sheikh Mohammad’s Barge was sunk on purpose to create an artificial habitat for corals and other marine life off the coast of Dubai. It has a depth of 18 to 23 meters and it takes at least two dives to explore this beautiful site.

Happy Diving

May this year open new opportunities for you and your dive buddies to explore exciting dive sites like these spots in Dubai. Enjoy diving!

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