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.

13 Best Winter Activities In Dubai

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.
1. Spend an Evening at Kite Beach 2. Skiing at Mall of the Emirates
3. Exploring the World at Global Village 4. Lose Yourself in Nature at Al Qudra Park
5. Visit the Miracle Garden 6. Sail Away in a Boat
7. Visit the Dubai Mall and See the Dancing Fountain 8. Spend a Night in the Desert
9. Spend New Year’s Eve Outside 10. Go Camping
11. Get an Adrenalin Rush 12. Visit a Water Park
13. Watch Some Sports

1. Spend an Evening at Kite Beach

Spend an Evening at Kite Beach

Kite Beach is a destination near jumeirah 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 near the Arabian Ranches area 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.

Far from the glitz and glamour of the shopping malls and well-trodden areas such as Palm Jumeirah area, 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.

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.

10. Go Camping

Go Camping

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.

11. Get an Adrenalin Rush

Get an Adrenalin Rush

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.

12. Visit a Water Park

Visit a Water Park

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.

13. Watch Some Sports

Watch Some Sports

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.