Winter in Dubai is Incredible – Here is Why

Written by Muhammad Qadeer

With a grueling summer behind us, we can expect the winter season to provide much needed respite to Dubai residents. With temperate weather staying with us until at least April, there are plenty of exciting activities one can indulge in. In this blog, we explore some fun-filled winter-tivities that let you take full advantage of the season. So, take your warm clothes out and head over to the following places to enjoy pleasant winter evenings.


1. Spend an Evening at Kite Beach

Spend an Evening at Kite Beach

Kite Beach is a destination that is beautiful all year round. But during the winter, it becomes all the more alluring. You can sit by the seashore and let the gentle touch of the sea breeze caress your soul, or sip a cup of tea and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding areas.

For fitness and running enthusiasts, a run down the paved track will be a mood-lifter. But undoubtedly the most exciting activity to partake at the beach is kite flying; especially when the wind is blowing in your direction. In the end, you can head back home after watching the sun set in the horizon over the vast ocean.

2. Skiing at Mall of the Emirates

Skiing at Mall of the Emirates

A winter activities list in Dubai is incomplete without the mention of skiing. Ski Dubai, located in the Mall of the Emirates is the destination for kids and adults alike to indulge in a plethora of snow-clad adventures. Maintaining a consistent temperature of -2 C all year round, the indoor ski resort lets you ski on slopes, explore the snow park, and meet actual penguins. End your day by having delicious food on offer at the many food kiosks around.

3. Exploring the World at Global Village

Exploring the World at Global Village

Global Village is one of Dubai's key cultural attractions and one of the most popular during the winter season. What began as a month-long event that spanned the Dubai Shopping Festival has grown into a mega theme park that is open for half the year. The open air park has plenty of rides, stunt shows, carnivals, shopping arenas, food outlets, cultural activities tied to specific countries, and seasonally themed events.

Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, the arena serves as a point of intersection for different cultures in the world; and hence, presents a great opportunity for anyone to experience a mélange of global cultures. While gates are open all year long, spending a winter evening at the park hits differently. While Expo is a once-in-a-lifetime event, Global Village is something you will get to experience every year. 

4. Lose Yourself in Nature at Al Qudra Park

Lose Yourself in Nature at Al Qudra Park

There’s nothing more magical than witnessing nature bloom in the winter. The next attraction on the list is Al Qudra Lake, where natural beauty is found in abundance. The lake is a serene and picturesque water body in the middle of Seih Al Salam desert, which is a place for migratory birds to rest and traverse through. An eco-tourism hotspot, the lake and its surrounding areas are inhabited by exotic swans, lapwings, ducks as well as flocks of flamingo.

In winter, more than 100 species of migratory birds flock to the lake; and present a dazzling sight for visitors. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a visit to Al Qudra Lake will help you and your loved ones to detox.

5. Visit the Miracle Garden

Visit the Miracle Garden

Nature is often the best therapy; and Miracle Garden takes you a step closer to becoming one with nature and feel its aura around you. Located in Al Barsha, the garden features thousands of flower and plant species, arranged in spectacular fashion to take your breath away.

There’s nothing artificial in the garden; almost all sculptures are crafted using real flowers and petal arrangements. The cool breeze and chilly weather will enhance your experience at the garden, and serve as a reminder as to why nature is your best friend.

6. Sail Away in a Boat

Sail Away in a Boat

Sailing along the water under the stars and discovering Dubai along the way is guaranteed to be a fabulous experience. As temperatures drop, you can see the numerous landmarks of Dubai glistening with natural and artificial lights. Traveling by sea, you can move along the old creek area and discover Business Bay, Downtown Dubai and the skyscrapers like Burj Khalifa that the city has become synonymous with.

While you are at it, you can stop by the Dubai Museum in the historic Al Bastakiya Distirct to get an idea of what old Dubai looked like.

7. Visit the Dubai Mall and See the Dancing Fountain

Visit the Dubai Mall and See the Dancing Fountain

As an extension of Dubai Mall, the dancing fountain show takes place at an interval of every 20 minutes. The open air exhibition is one of the icons of Dubai, and the cold weather only adds to the experience. But before you head to the the fountain show, we suggest you stroll through the Dubai Mall, since it’s an adventure in itself to discover the giant shopping centre – with a plethora of shops, eateries, cinema halls, and theme parks; the Mall is one of Dubai’s most frequented landmarks.

8. Spend a Night in the Desert

Spend a Night in the Desert

One cannot go wrong with an excursion to the desert in the winter. The low temperatures and natural surroundings make for an exciting overnight desert safari experience. Put up a tent and experience the sand dunes, indulge in a bbq meal; and at night, lay down and enjoy the ethereal views around you.

9. Spend New Year’s Eve Outside

Spend New Year’s Eve Outside

New Year's Eve is one of the major highlights of a Dubai winter. There is no shortage of places where you can indulge in dinners, parties and fireworks with the right degree of pomp. Festivities usually being quite early in the evening and continue well after midnight. Some of the best places to be during New Year’s Eve include Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Caesars Palace and Resorts, Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel and Atlantis the Palm.

Dubai is the place to be during winter. The city’s numerous entertainment options appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. The best part is, winter are not harsh in the city, and outdoor places that people usually avoid in the summers flood with visitors during winter. We hope with the list we’ve compiled, your winter getaways are sorted.