Welcome to UAE Rock Climbing. This page is a collection of new route updates and other resources that supplement the print guidebook
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Where to buy the book
In Dubai: Try the branches of GoSport in Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall. The new Adventure HQ store in Time Square should also have stock. In Abu Dhabi: Noukhada may have stock, otherwise contact Red Armada through the blog contact page
. Outside the UAE: mail order from Cordee
The practicalities of learning about rock climbing for people based in the UAE are discussed in the book on pages 16-17, entitled "Notes for Beginners". Please note especially these comments about instructors: "The UAE's lightly-regulated economy makes it easy to set up businesses in many areas with little external accreditation. The outdoor adventure business is no exception. Consequently there is no shortage of firms offering experiences of various kinds in hiking, trekking, abseiling, via ferrata, caving, etc. Some use the term "rock climbing" amongst their activities and some offer instruction of various kinds. Always check the professional qualifications of individuals involved in these activities and get a second opinion on their value."
In that context, the following organisations are currently known to employ instructors with appropriate qualifications (UK-certified) for offering rock climbing instruction. The list was updated in November 2011:
, based in Dubai, actively offer individual and group courses.
, based in Dibba, actively offer individual and group courses.
, based in RAK, may be able to offer bespoke individual and group courses.
, based in RAK, target the public sector and corporate clients, and do not officially offer courses to individuals, but may be worth contacting.
In general, Red Armada Publishing recommends asking any purported climbing instruction provider to evidence holding one of these recognised qualifications
and rejecting any provider who cannot do so. Moreover, Red Armada Publishing does not guarantee the quality of any provider, including those listed above.
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