Still unsure about where to go on holiday this winter? If you and your family are looking for an escape from the harsh cold weather, Dubai is your answer!
The most pleasant weather begins in December and lasts until February. Temperatures get up around 27C (81F) in December and January, so the weather is perfect for sightseeing and entertainment.
The best thing about winter nights in Dubai is the long walks in the city. The friendly fellow tourists can be seen stopping for a hot cup of cocoa or an ice cream. Every few blocks there are small carnivals, as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) which runs from Boxing Day until the end of January.
Something for everyone
The city is filled with a huge variety of places and experiences suitable for all age groups. From unbelievable gardens to theme parks, from shopping malls to the best restaurants in the world, from water parks to beaches and carnivals, Dubai has it all! Let’s take a look at what you can do in Dubai in December and January.
The latest addition to the impressive lifestyle of Dubai is La Mer beachfront. It has restaurants, a cinema, its own water park, and is the perfect place for family. The best part? Entrance is free!
The world’s largest natural flower garden is the Dubai Miracle Garden, and everything it holds is sure to take your breath away. A display of around 109 million flowers in all shapes and sizes is not to be missed. A particular highlight is a real Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft, covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants. The entry fee is £8.50 (AED 40) for adults and £6.50 (AED 30) for children under 12 years.
The Dubai Butterfly Garden is inside the same garden, although it requires a separate entrance ticket. It is home to more than 15,000 exotic butterflies, kept under four temperature-controlled domes. The entrance fee for adults is £10.50 (AED 50).
Action and adventure
Dubai is home to some of the best theme parks in the world. Motiongate Dubai is inspired by Hollywood. Legoland needs no introduction! You’ve also got Bollywood Parks, Wild Wadi Waterpark and IMG Worlds of Adventure.
Driving over sand dunes and seeing the never-ending stretch of the desert is a sight to behold. The drivers who take you on these trips are highly skilled and will make sure you remember this ride for a long time. Depending on which trip you book, the safari might end at a beautiful camp where you will experience true Arabic culture. When the tourists settle in, and the sun sets, the performances begin. Musicians and dancers show their skills, followed by dinner. Be sure to dress in warm clothes and take layers of clothing, as the nights in the desert can get pretty cold.
During the Dubai Shopping Festival the discounts are huge! You’ll get a world-class shopping experience in the humongous Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Dubai Mall is a genuine attraction, with its Dubai Aquarium and Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the middle east.
The right place to taste the world is the Global Village. The mix of 90 cultures in one place is something no one should miss. People from every country display their culture in the form of clothes, food and other specialities. The entry fee is £3.20 (AED 15). The best time to go there is a little before sunset. This will give you time to see everything in daylight as well as at night, where the true magic of lights begins.
The world’s largest dancing fountain is the most popular free tourist attraction. It is set in Burj Khalifa Lake between Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. There is a show every 30 minutes where the fountain dances to different songs. It is an experience like no other! For a better view, make sure you reach the fountain boundary five minutes after the previous show ends: December and January are popular months, and it can get very crowded.
There’s so much going on in Dubai that you’re bound to find something to interest you. So if you’re looking to get away from the cold, make this the winter you visit Dubai! Don’t forget to take out our Go2 Travel Insurance before you leave.