Continent
Middle East
Country
Saudi Arabia
Next Big City
Dammam
Next Town
Dhahran
 
Type:
Lagoon
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Camping

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Small wave
Hazards:
Rocks, Shells
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Shallow, clear, hyper-saline protected waters. Shallows extend for hundreds of meters wide, by several KM in length. Sandy bottom, with occasional rocks, shells and debris. Sand bars more apparent at low tide. Good sideshore exposure to north winds. Kiting area is surrounded by beach on east, south and west sides, so very safe area for training and self rescue.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Big
Hazards:
Rocks, Shells, Cars, Other
Beach Users:
None

Sandy Beach is adjacent to Sabkha 'salt flats'. No shore hazard except for kiter vehicles on the beach, and picnic debris (kite rigging nuisance). Occasional beach camper crowds during local holidays. Long sandy beach wraps around the kiting bay area. Frequented by diverse expat and local Saudi kiters. Beach is sometimes trashed-out from day and holiday campers, and is threatened to be overtaken by local residential development.

Weather

Spring:
Shorts
Summer:
Shorts
Fall:
Shorty
Winter:
Normal

Water cools to high 70's F and cooler starting November. Air temp is 70's to 60's in winter (November to April). Air temp warms to 110+ F in mid-summer July to September.

Wind

Best Months:
March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Wind Type:
Frontal, Trade
Best Direction:
N, NNE, SSE, S, SSW, NNW
Main Direction:
N, NNE, NNW

Northerly winds predominate. Prior to the approach of major storms (Shamals) from the north, the wind will be sucked towards the front from the south (Janoube winds). Shamals can last 1 to several days, with lots of blowing sand and dust. The dust settles out over the water, so kiting in the bay is the best, most dust-free place to be.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
No walk

Park on the beach, within 20 ft of rigging / launching areas.

Extra information

Rules
None

No rules. Dogs allowed. Kiters usually present to help with launching and landing.

Nightlife

Manama, Bahrain about an hour or 2 away, depending on Causeway traffic.