The journey started when H.E. Nasser Al Neyadi obtained one helicopter and a wind tunnel and began training. Then in 2010, with the honorable blessing of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Dubai hosted its first international parachuting championship at the Palm Dropzone. Soon after the name Skydive Dubai was born, launched by H.E. Nasser Al Neyadi.
Skydive Dubai welcomes skydiving enthusiasts from across the UAE, and scores of tourists whose to-do list begins with an adrenaline-fueled tandem skydive. Not to forget the steady stream of licensed skydivers who also visit.
The brand is also known for its constant pursuit of excellence in aerial sports and holds multiple Guinness World Records to prove it.
Skydive Dubai operates out of two locations. The Palm DZ, its premium dropzone is located within the limits of the emirate, while the desert DZ is located about 35 km outside the city.
The main attraction at the Palm DZ is the spectacular view of the iconic Palm Jumeirah island. Customers can take in the stunning site as they soar at 13,000 ft with one of our many qualified tandem instructors.
Experienced skydivers looking for some freefall fun are also welcome and can avail of a full-service rigging loft and the gear rental facilities at the Palm DZ.
Over at the desert DZ, the tandem skydive experience has proved to be just as popular. After all, imagine sailing over expansive and mesmerizing sandy dunes at 13,000 ft? It’s quite magnificent. But that’s not all. Those interested in learning how to skydive solo can also do so at the dropzone.
If you’re an experienced skydiver looking to add a new skill to your repertoire, the desert’s flight school offers coaching on formation skydiving, freefly, canopy and wingsuit coaching.
How do I book a tandem skydive?
Tandem skydives at our Palm and desert dropzones can be reserved online through our secure live booking calendar, or purchased in person.
Can I purchase a skydive as a gift?
Of course! Tandem gift certificates are available for our Palm Dropzone and can only be purchased online. Gift certificates make perfect presents for the adrenaline and extreme-sports lovers in your life. Please note: Gift certificates are for personal use only, and the person using it must meet our requirements.
What is a tandem skydive?
A tandem skydive means that you will skydive while securely attached to a qualified instructor. Your instructor will deploy your parachute, navigate to the landing area, and control the parachute to ensure a safe and soft landing. At Skydive Dubai, a camera flyer will also accompany you to capture every unbelievable second. So, all you have to do is enjoy the moment, and smile for the camera!
I haven’t made a booking. Can I still skydive?
We have a waiting list option at both dropzones. Show up early and put your name down. If there’s an available slot that day, you might just get it! Please note, there are no guarantees people will get their turn – but if you’re not on the list, you won’t be on the plane! The waiting list is compiled on a first-come-first-served basis, so it’s always a good idea to arrive just before the dropzone opens. You must wait at the dropzone to get on the waiting list, we will not be able to call you in case of availability. Review our requirements before arrival to avoid disappointment.
I want to make a booking, but the calendar doesn’t show my dates.
Tandem skydiving reservations for both dropzones are generally available to book one to three months in advance. This is to avoid any unforeseen schedule changes, ensure aircraft availability, and to avoid overbooking during periods of aircraft maintenance. If your preferred dates are not currently displayed, they haven’t yet been opened to bookings. Check back regularly to see when new slots become available. If you are unable to book your selected dates because we are already fully booked, you may still be able to skydive by joining our daily tandem skydiving waiting list, or by choosing to book your skydive at our second location. Please note, there are no guarantees that people will get their turn in either option.
How fast will I fall?
The average human body falls at approximately 120 miles per hour, although this can increase or decrease based on body size and position.
How long does freefall last?
Freefall lasts approximately 60 seconds. After the parachute is deployed, you will then have a relaxing canopy descent lasting four to five minutes.
How long is the tandem experience?
The whole experience can take at least three hours from check-in, and sometimes longer if there are delays because of the weather. You will meet your instructor approximately 15 minutes before you board the aircraft. Once on board, the take-off, ascent, skydive, and landing takes approximately 20 minutes. Your videos and pictures will be ready for collection about 45 minutes after you land.
From what altitude will I skydive?
All tandem skydives at both our locations exit from 13,000 feet (4,000m).
Is skydiving safe?
As with any adventure sport, skydiving has an element of risk. However, we minimize this risk by using state-of-the-art training and equipment. Our tandem requirements also help us maintain our safety procedures. All Skydive Dubai equipment is equipped with an automatic activation device (AAD), which will automatically deploy the parachute in the unlikely event that your instructor is unable to do so. All of our skydiving tandem instructors have undergone rigorous selection, training, and certification, and all parachutes are maintained under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rigger supervision. Our impressive fleet of aircraft is maintained to the very highest standards. Your safety really is our primary concern.
Does weather affect skydiving?
Yes, weather can affect skydiving. In the UAE we are lucky as we don’t tend to see too much cloud cover, but poor visibility, precipitation, or winds (especially at higher altitudes) can sometimes delay proceedings. If this is the case, our safety and training officer or other qualified personnel will put the operation on a ‘standby’. This doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get to skydive. Usually, it just means you may have to wait a bit longer to do so. If poor conditions persist, we may have to cancel operations for the day. If we cancel, you can reschedule to the next available date, apply for a refund or transfer your deposit to Skyhub's Gyrocopter flight experience.
What does “standby” mean?
A standby is when skydiving operations are temporarily suspended due to weather conditions. In the UAE, our main interference comes from the wind, at ground level, and at altitude. If there is a standby, conditions will be constantly monitored, and operations will resume once conditions are deemed suitable. If conditions do not improve, operations will be canceled.
What is the process for getting on the plane?
Before your skydive, you will receive a full tandem briefing, and your camera flyer will interview you. You will be escorted to the boarding area, where you will receive a pre-boarding safety check, and you will get your pictures taken. You, your instructor and your videographer will then board the aircraft.
Will I skydive at my check-in time?
No, the time mentioned on your reservation confirmation is the time you need to arrive at our location. It is not the time of your skydive. You should plan to spend about three to four hours at the dropzone, as weather and other factors can play a part.
When will I receive my photos and video?
You can collect your USB containing photos and an edited video at our gear store about 45 minutes after your skydive.
I have booked another activity after my skydive. Will I be finished in time?
Our teams at both our locations work hard to get you in the air as soon as they can. Weather conditions on the ground and/or at opening altitude, or other factors, may result in delays, so please ensure you have a flexible schedule on the day of your skydive. We cannot guarantee you will be finished at a particular time. Plan to spend between 3 to 4 hours for your experience from the time of check-in. If our skydiving operations are on standby, you are more than welcome to reschedule for another day.
Will I need insurance?
Skydive Dubai's Palm Dropzone offers third-party insurance to tandem students. This is available for purchase when you check in on the day of your skydive, at an additional cost of AED 50.
I want to book a skydive for a special occasion. Can you accommodate?
Absolutely! Whether you want to propose to the love of your life or make someone’s birthday or anniversary special, Skydive Dubai can organize it all. We have special packages for different events, and a full VIP service. For more information, please get in touch with our staff directly using the form on the Contact Us page.
Why do I need a reservation?
Skydive Dubai’s dropzones are some of the busiest dropzones in the world. To avoid disappointment and guarantee your spot on the plane, you must make an online reservation using our live booking calendar.
Something’s come up. I need to reschedule!
Individuals can reschedule up to 24 hours before the reservation date. Groups of two or more can reschedule up to 72 hours before their reservation date. If you cancel or reschedule without the required notice, your deposit will be forfeited. You may get in touch with our tandem staff at our locations using the form on the Contact Us page to reschedule.
What is the best way to get in touch with the tandem staff team?
Please get in touch with our staff using the form on the Contact Us page.
Where are you located?
Please get in touch with our staff using the form on the Contact Us page.
What if I love skydiving and want to learn to do it myself?
That happens to a lot of people! If you have been inspired to continue skydiving after your tandem skydive, the first step is to book an Accelerated Freefall (AFF) course.
Do you offer other services apart from skydiving?
We do! We offer facility rentals, demonstration skydives for brands and businesses, and we can organize or host any number of special events. Get in touch to see what we can do for you. You can also take flight in Skyhub's unique Gyrocopter aircraft from our Palm Dropzone. You can learn more about the experience under the Gyrocopter section.
What else can I do in Dubai?
Go to Visit Dubai to see what else the city has to offer.
What is XLine?
XLine in the Dubai Marina is the world’s longest urban zipline and takes you from 170 metres above the ground down to ground level at up to 80km an hour. Open from 9am to 11am and 4pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday, check in at the XLine booth in Dubai Marina Mall (Level P). You’ll need to take a valid ID (passport, driving license or Emirates ID) and your XLine Voucher. Click here to read the full terms and conditions for riding the XLine.
Weight & BMI
A minimum degree of fitness is required to complete a tandem skydive, and to ensure a safe landing for you and your instructor. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is an indicator of this. Skydive Dubai requires each tandem customer to meet both, the weight and BMI requirements listed below. These are the equipment’s manufacturers’ requirements and we cannot make exceptions for safety reasons. Women Weight: 90.0 kg/ 198.0 lbs or less. BMI: 27.5 or less. Men Weight: 100.0 kg/220 lbs or less. BMI: 30.0 or less. Please note, our staff will weigh you (with your shoes and clothes on) when you check-in on the day of your skydive before you make the final payment. You are welcome to visit out locations before you book your skydive to weigh yourself on our scales.
What to wear
Wear athletic and comfortable clothes, sneakers/sport shoes. No sandals, boots or high heels. No low-cut blouses, collared shirts, crop tops or mini shorts. No sleeveless shirts allowed, only T-shirts with short or long sleeves.