Finding the right skate location makes all the difference between a good skate session and a great one. Besides the presence of ramps, rails and ledges to grind, a good skate spot also has its own local community that supports, guides and dares you to unleash you inner Tony Hawk. Some skate parks go even further by providing safety assistance, different skate zones for varying skill levels and timings to get your shred on. Ultimately it all comes to down to you and your board.
Here are our picks of the top 5 skate locations in Dubai, along with skateboarding gear to see you do it in style.
Popular among artists and the creative community, Skate Biladi is known for its huge skateboard ramp in the garden. Created as an art installation that highlights the curves of Arabic calligraphy, the skate ramp features a Canopi Bowl that’s built with natural obstacles like trees and shrubs. This creates a skating environment that’s one with nature, and is open to skaters of all ages and skill levels – and it’s open all year round!
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Hidden behind the bustling Bay Avenue shopping mall, the Bay Avenue skate park is built around lush green gardens and a jogging track. The park is slightly small but don’t let that trick you into thinking it is easy to master. The skate park has ramps to drop in as well as ledges, rails and slopes to grind and shred. Open to skaters of all ages and experience, this central location makes it easy to access while being one of the city’s best kept skate secrets.
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The most popular location on this list, the XDubai skate park is made for skaters by skaters. This sprawling 3100 square-metre park features separate skate zones for skaters of different skill levels. Banks, blocks, ledges, quarter pipes, rails seamlessly connect for uninterrupted skate runs. Its biggest feature however is its challenging Pro Bowl that’s 3.2m deep with a 2.1m shallow end. With 29 obstacles in all, this skate park creates the right environment to perfect your ollies, kick flips and aerial grabs.
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Another skate destination that’s popular among the community, the Rage Bowl is tucked away above the RAGE store at The Dubai Mall. This air-conditioned indoor skate space lets beginners and pros take on the deceivingly tricky bowl that’s easy to get started on while being challenging enough to master. Its ardent fans swear by it, as professional skateboarding instructors there are happy to guide novices on their first drop in.
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The gnarliest of the lot, the Al Mamzar skate park located close to Sharjah features lots of open spaces and tracks to skate about. At the heart of it all is a humongous 12-foot concrete half-pipe that pushes your skate skills to the edge. With an inclusive atmosphere, skaters of all ages and proficiency levels are welcome here, although before you zoom down the ramps, it would be wiser to let the daredevils that call this park their second home show you how it’s done.
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Besides the obvious locations, skaters know that the best way to discover the city is to skate through it, turning its architecture into makeshift ramps and rails. As you turn the city into your very own skate park, remember to always wear safety gear, follow the rules of the road and respect the presence of people around you. Try not to be a nuisance and keep practicing your tricks. Get started on nailing each of these skate locations by checking out the latest skateboarding products online at Sun & Sand Sports.