Continent
Middle East
Country
Saudi Arabia
Next Big City
Dammam, Doha (Bahrain)
Next Town
Al-Khubar, Dhahran, Al Khaleej
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rescue, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
No information
Quality:
No information
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Water flat and choppy, no wave riding. Water is no more than waist deep for about 300m into the sea. No real tide - maybe 1-2 feet. Small waves (1-2 feet) normally from the North or East, depending on wind. Water is very salty. Rescue boat is available and the lifeguards are knowledgeable.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
No information
Hazards:
Rocks, Bystanders, Cars, Other
Beach Users:
No information

Beach is sandy, but sometimes a lot of litter, so watch out for glass/items that can get tangled in your lines. Beach is about 1km long. Good idea to use a ground cover/tarp to set your kite up on. Barnacles/flat rocks on the South side, some areas underfoot, so a good idea to wear booties. No obstructions, so easy to launch/land - road about 200m away. You can park directly at the water.

Weather

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

All-year acceptable - very hot/humid in summer (July to September above 40°C), nice in winter (25°C). Water nice to hot, except a wetsuit needed November to January (winter). Weather ranges from unbearable in the summer (120°F air/ 95°F water) to very comfortable in the winter (90°F air/75°F water). Sun protection year round recommended and at least a thermal top in the winter.

Wind

Best Months:
June, July
Wind Type:
No information
Best Direction:
NE
Main Direction:
N, NNE, NE

Wind mostly Northerly (gusty at times) between 12-20 knots. Easterly wind normally between 8-14 knots, very steady. Best direction is NE - stronger and steady. Wind fluctuates, but is best just as the place is warming up in June.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
No walk

Follow signs to Ramada Inn (Western Aramco access gate). Take old Abqaiq road, cross railroad, past golf course on right (dunes). Turn left at the T-junction and over railroad. Follow road past the fair and turn right at the intersection. Follow road all the way to bottom - on left-hand side just before Al Khaleej village. Or find the Holiday Inn at Half Moon Bay and you've reached the area. Find an open stretch of beach and get wet. There's usually a few Brits on the north end of the beach and Americans at the Aramco Beach.

Extra information

Rules
Other

A problem for female kiters - Saudi dresscode would apply, so no naked legs/shoulder. No other restrictions. Nearest toilets is 3km away. Occasional ice-cream truck with water, so bring own water/food. Watch out for curious Saudis that love to get in the way. Parents NEVER watch their children, so you often have to move them upwind yourself. Give plenty of space to the few boats that you might encounter, they're curious and can be absent minded.

Nightlife

Head to the Hotels in Bahrain or find a private party.