The Best Winter Experiences in Dubai

Written by Arpan Ghosh

If you really want to make the most of Dubai’s winters, you need to be outdoors. Perhaps an afternoon at the beach is in order, or a lovely dinner under the stars. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, then we would recommend trying one of the experiences below that are just perfect for winter.

Go on a Desert Safari

Desert Safari Dubai

Far from the glitz and glamour of the shopping malls and well-trodden areas such as Palm Jumeirah, going on a desert safari is the quintessential Dubai experience. One of the best options is with Platinum Heritage, a luxury tour operator offering two fantastic ways to enjoy the desert. The Platinum Collection takes you around the dunes in the latest and most high-end Range Rovers, providing top-notch services and meals in a fantastic desert retreat. Or you could opt for the Heritage Collection, where you can choose from a select range of vintage jeeps to drive around in and spend the evening in authentic Bedouin camp made out of traditional materials and local entertainment.

Go Camping

Camping in Dubai

As a companion to the desert safari, you can also go camp out in the desert, which is especially enjoyable at this time of year. There are several areas around the outskirts of the city that are tailor made for setting up camp and enjoying the beauty of nature. Al Qudra is always a popular option with its beautiful lakeside setting and an abundance of indigenous wildlife that includes foxes, oryxes and over 170 bird species. If you want to head a bit further out, you can go to Jebel Jais, a famous mountain in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah or Hatta, which sits on the border between the UAE and Oman and is a haven for hikers and campers. If you want to experience the outdoors in true Dubai style, there are several glamping options available to ensure your complete comfort as you sit nestled in nature.

Get an Adrenalin Rush

XLine at Dubai Marina

This one is for the thrillseekers. Get your blood pumping with some of the most exciting activities around the city, all of which are best enjoyed when the weather cools. Jump out of a plane with SkyDive Dubai and see the iconic Palm Jumeirah from a breathtaking new perspective. Or you can hop on the XLine at Dubai Marina, the world’s longest urban zipline, and soar over the city skyline. Other options include bungee jumping, dune bashing and racing around the famous Dubai Autodrome.

Visit a Water Park

Wild Wadi Dubai

If you want a nice balance of thrills and relaxation, Dubai’s water parks have exactly what you’re looking for. Wild Wadi is an old favourite, offering fun and relaxing activities for children was well as more pulse-pounding rides such as Tantrum Alley and the Burj Surj. Aquaventure on Palm Jumeirah is another popular one, best known for the famous Leap of Faith water slide. The park also has ziplines, a private beach and lagoons filled with sharks and rays where you can swim in complete safety. And of course, there is the new Laguna Waterpark that opened this summer at La Mer. Divided into five zones, the park offers private cabanas if you want to spend a lazy afternoon, exciting new rides, areas for children and the WaveOz180, one of only three cutting-edge surfing simulators in the world and the only one of its kind in the Middle East.

Watch Some Sports

Rugby in Dubai

As the weather cools, Dubai’s sporting season heats up. From the first polo match in October to the DP World Tour Championship in November and Dubai Rugby Sevens in December, there is a full lineup of events leading up to the start of summer. Fitness enthusiasts can participate in the Dubai Marathon in early January and later in the month, golf lovers get to enjoy the Dubai Desert Classic. February brings with it the Dubai Tennis Championships and March is capped off by the most prestigious event of the year - the Dubai World Cup held in the spectacular Meydan Racecourse.