Sports return to Dubai with a splash

The United Arab Emirates dived into a three-day water sports event on Thursday.

A hydroflight event (above), where athletes perform stunts on water jet propulsion devices, kicked off the Dubai Watersports Festival in Al Shorooq Beach.

The multi-sport festival comes as the country resumes sporting events after they were brought to a sudden halt in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival features water sports such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, kayak fishing and kitesurfing.

The events will be held across various locations, including Kite Beach, Nessnass Beach, Al Shorooq Beach and the Persian Gulf.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2020, with the headline 'Sports return to Dubai with a splash'. Print Edition | Subscribe