Before Sailing

 If you plan to take a ride on your personal watercraft in Abu Dhabi, please ensure you are aware of the following before sailing:


Boating Zones
Boating zones may be introduced in certain areas throughout Abu Dhabi, placing limitations on certain types ofvessels, for PWCs, or certain types of activities. Before going out to ride, check if there are any restrictions in the area that youintend to operate in.The Department of Transport published a list of prohibited areas along with maps showing local- and Emirate-widesafety rules. View prohibited areas on the map>>


Operational hours of a PWC
You may only operate your jet ski during daylight hours, i.e. between sunrise and sunset. Any operation of a PWC outsidethese hours will be considered as an offence and may incur a penalty.
Age restrictions
No one under 14 years of age is allowed to operate a jet ski without an accompanying licensed trainer or operator who is over 18 years of age (Proof of age must be carried during operation of a PWC). The motor horsepower should not exceed CC 1200.
It is important to fuel your PWC only on land as fuel is dangerous and considered a significant source of water pollution. The Department of Transport has approved PWC refuelling locations and these are stipulated on the website. When you refuel your PWC, make sure you take every precaution to ensure that you do not spill the fuel. Avoid overfilling your tank and watch all vents and use any absorbent material to collect any overflow.
If your PWC won’t start
All PWC owners must ensure that their PWC is kept clean. You must ensure that the hull is free of damage and that the engine is free of any oil build-up. Engine maintenance is most important. Your engine must be properly tuned and should receive regular preventative maintenance services by a qualified PWC mechanic. It is recommended that services should occur every fifty hours or every three months. You should refer to your PWC manufacturer’s handbook for information regarding servicing and maintenance.


Safety checklist

for a safe trip on your personal watercraft, make sure you go through the below checklist before sailing:

  • My PWC is registered and registration number is displayed correctly.
  • I am wearing the life jacket and carrying the required safety equipment
  • My PWC has to be serviced and maintained in accordance with the operation manual for the PWC.
  • I have checked for any restrictions, including speed restrictions in the area I will be operating in.
  • In accordance with the operation manual for the PWC, I have inspected the following to ensure proper operation:
    • Steering controls
    • Fuel and oil supplies are adequate for the journey
    • There are no leaks in fuel lines, fuel or oil tanks
    • Batteries are properly charged and secured
    • The engine cover and seats are latched securely
    • The pump intake area is free of obstructions
    • The hull is free of cracks and damage
    • The throttle is in working order
    • The lanyard cut-off switch is in proper working order and is attached to your wrist or life jacket
    • Ensure that the bungs are securely fixed in place
Check the weather before you head out. Forecasts are available from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology at
Report your trip to someone and let them know where you are going, who with and when you intend to return.