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Winter In Dubai – How To Spend Your Winter Holidays In Dubai

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Winter in Dubai is the much awaited and blissful time of the year. Throughout this season, all the residents and visitors look forward to various entertaining outdoor activities, adventure sports, beach soaking, walking tours, food fiestas, shopping festivals and events. People of Dubai love to spend time outdoors during winters due to the pleasant temperature drops that come after the the sweltering hot climate. November until March are the winter months in Dubai having average temperature that ranges from 21°C to 32°C during the day time while 15°C to 20°C during the evenings.

Here’s an ultimate list of things to do to enjoy your winter holidays in Dubai perfectly.

Visit the Beaches :

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Dubai is known worldwide for its exotic beaches and winters are the perfect times when you can visit those beaches during the day to unwind yourselves, get a good tan, swim or relax. Make a visit to the Jumeirah beach to enjoy various water sports or relaxation while viewing the iconic Burj Al Arab, Grab a delicious Manakeesh from Al Mallah at the Mamzar Beach or go kite flying and kite surfing among various colorful kites at the famous Kite Beach.

Here are some of the best adventure activities Beaches you can opt from :

Plan an Incredible Staycation :

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Staycations are a great way to take a break from the city life. Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is an ideal place having various resorts and hotels offering fantastic beach views, relaxing spas, pools, entertainment activities and more. You don’t need to break your banks as these staycations cater to all ranges whether you are looking for luxurious or a budget friendly stay. Sofitel, The Palm is one of the best resorts at Palm Jumeirah that offer great value for money. Click here to check out the current rates of Sofitel, The Palm resort.

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Go For A Road Trip :

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Winters is the perfect season to take a road trip to scenic places such as Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, Al Hajar Mountains in Oman, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah or Musandam Peninsula. This is the time, when the heat won’t wear you out and you will enjoy these marvelous places while capturing those Instagram worthy memories. You can drive by yourselves or hire a car to take you there with your family and friends.

Visit The Al Qudra Lake :

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Imagine an Oasis at the middle of a desert? Al Qudra Lake is the answer to your imagination. It is a man-made wonder which has a huge cluster of lakes and wildlife including 130 species of birds. It is located at the middle of Seih Al Salam Desert and Bab Al Shams. You can also go for cycling on its 86 km long cycling tracks. Al Qudra Lake also has a mesmerizing view of the sunset. Make sure you take snacks and drinks with you as it has no eateries nearby.

Organize Barbecue Picnics at the Nearest Park:

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Family picnics are so much fun. Dubai has barbecue spots in various parks namely the Mushrif Park, Creek Park, Zabeel Park, Safa Park and the Al Mamzar Beach Park. Just get yourselves equipped with your picnic baskets, mats and some sporty gears to play around with and visit any of these Dubai’s favorite picnic spots to spend your day filled with delights.

Visit The Desert :

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Dubai is blessed with the most picturesque and scenic deserts. There are so many adventurous things you can do on a desert minus the scorching heat in Dubai during winters. Take a Wildlife Tour, Falconry Safari, Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Desert, visit a Desert Resort, Camp in the Desert or plan a Desert Safari trip. There are so many tour companies providing well equipped Desert adventures in Dubai, we have found bookings through Viator to be one of the most reliable ones. Here are some of our favorite picks:

Take a Yachting trip from Dubai Marina :

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Yachting is one of the most wonderful activities in Dubai. Sail on the clear blue waters of the ocean with the most amazing views of Burj Al Arab, Atlantis and Palm Jumeirah. You can take a yachting trip either for partying, spending some quality time with your near ones or to rejuvenate yourself away from the hustles and bustles of the city life.

Dine Outdoors & at Food Trucks:

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Winters are a great time to enjoy meals at food trucks, beach side cafeterias, street side restaurants, rooftops or at scenic outdoor sitting arrangements offered by many restaurants in Dubai. Go on a food tour at Al Shindagha, La Mer or City Walk and you would discover the most lively outdoor dining restaurants with coolest ambiance.

Take a Hiking Trip to Hatta :

For the hiking enthusiasts Hatta is a go to place from Dubai. The difficulty level of hiking trails ranges from beginners to professional hikers. It has also been designed for those who are less physically able. Be prepared to get some breath taking views of the mountains, valleys, dams, lakes, farms and parks during your hike. You can also explore the region through biking on the trails.

Drive an F1 style racing car at Dubai Autodrome :

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Get your adrenaline rushing while you drive a single seater F1 style racing car at the Dubai Autodrome in Dubai Motor City. You will be guided by a professional crew and equipped with all the racing gears.

To book your appointment at Dubai Autodrome : Click Here.

Spend a day at the Global Village :

Global Village is the largest outdoor entertainment festival that takes place in Dubai every year during the winter months. Visiting the Global Village is like taking a mini tour around the world. It represents many countries showcasing their famous landmarks, traditional cuisines, culture through live entertainment and also various shopping kiosks. There are also many amusement rides and fun games to at the Global Village.

To book a skip the line entrance ticket for Global Village : Click Here.

Walking Tour Of Old Dubai :

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Taking a heritage walking tour of old Dubai would be a pretty interesting and enriching activity to do during winters. You will get to know a lot about Dubai’s heritage, the local life and all the knowledge about it’s origin. A walking tour of Al Bastakiya or the Dubai Creek brings you close to it’s local life and gives a fresh perspective about it’s culture.

Shop at Great Discounts :

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Dubai is a shopper’s paradise. The holiday season is a time for great discounts on almost all the high end and local brands. The Dubai Shopping Festival which is a month long event held during this time, offers amazing discounts covered across all the shopping malls in Dubai. You also get chances to enter into every day, weekly or monthly raffle draws on your shopping bills. Many fun events and entertainment activities are also a part of this shopping extravaganza.

Attend a Sports Events :

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Dubai hosts many sports events during the winter months. Look out for the Dubai Rugby Sevens, T20 Cricket Festival, Horse Racing, Beach Polo Tournament, Dubai World Cup Carnival, Football Matches, Dubai Marathon, Golf Tournament and lots more fun sports events. You can check the entire sports event calendar here.

You can also join a sports club in Dubai and practice your favorite sport regularly.

Go Skiing at Ski Dubai :

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You can go for Skiing at the Ski Dubai located at the Mall Of the Emirates to take in the real feel of winters. Ski Dubai offers various activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tubing, tobogganing, bob sleighing and much more. There is a ‘Snow Penguins’ show too at Ski Dubai which is a visual treat for those who love penguins. You can also book for Penguin Encounters to meet the little penguins after the show.

To book a skip the line entrance ticket for Ski Dubai : Click Here

Unleash yourselves at Wild Wadi Waterpark :

Spend a day at Dubai’s most famous and adventurous water park – The Wild Wadi Water Park. It has about 30 incredible water rides that includes surf rides as well. A fun packed and thrilling day is what you are going to have at this amazing water park. Spending your day at Wild Wadi Water Park is one of the best ways to spend your winter in Dubai.

Note that the Wild Wadi Water Park remains closed for a brief period in January for maintenance purposes.

To book a fast track entrance ticket to Wild Wadi Water Park : Click Here.

Watch a movie at Outdoor Cinemas :

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You can visit Vox outdoor cinema at the Rooftop Galleria Mall to watch the latest movies. These cinemas have good sitting area, food, beverages and also offer blankets in case it gets very cold. You can also visit the Habtoor Grand at Dubai marina that hosts outdoor movie shows on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Join Outdoor Fitness Clubs :

Get fit by joining outdoor fitness clubs, Boot-camps, outdoor gyms or practicing outdoor Yoga. You can find free access to gym equipment at Sky Dive Dubai Drop Zone, Safa Park and Al Barsha Pond Park. There are various fitness centers organizing outdoor Yoga classes in Dubai. You can check them out here.

Related Read : Top Things To Do & Places To Visit In Dubai – Best Of Dubai 

Do let me know what are you planning to do in Dubai during this winter season in the comment box below.

Till then, stay healthy and keep exploring!

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Anjali Wadhwa (cheerfultrails) is a travel consultant and enthusiast who has traveled to 15+ countries. She shares about her explorations through her writings. You will find detailed itineraries, best travel tips and well experienced recommendations for food, transportation and hotels on her blog.

27 thoughts on “Winter In Dubai – How To Spend Your Winter Holidays In Dubai

  • Dubai has my kind of winter weather! There is so much to do around that looks really interesting. Something for everyone

  • Carly |

    Winter in Dubai looks more pleasant than summer in Canada! Sign me up for the beaches, the desert and Old Dubai (what a great contrast to all the new development)!

  • Dubai seems like the perfect place to escape the winter blues! I had no idea there were so many things to do there!

  • Deserts have always fascinated me but I still can’t say I’ve ever really, truly experienced one! This looks like an amazing place to experience the desert—picturesque to say the least!

  • atruthfultraveler

    Is Dubai still very busy in the Winter? It seems that “Winter” is actually a continuation of the warm weather, which probably brings many tourists!

    • cheerfultrails

      Yes, winters in Dubai are very pleasant and that keeps the city packed with tourists 🙂

  • Those temperatures sound perfect for exploring Dubai. Especially the beaaches. I love the idea of joining an outdoor fitness class.

  • justchasingsunsets2017

    Lots to do in Dubai! The hike to Hatta looks so beautiful and I love how they’ve brought the snow to them. It also made me chuckle that their winter is still warmer than a San Francisco summer.

  • There seem to be so many fun activities that I couldn’t do when I visited Dubai a couple of years ago. Ofcourse I only had 2 days so looks like I have to come back, ha! 🙂

  • Would love to visit Dubai!! Skiing in Dubai sounds so cool. And hiking at Hatta looks beautiful!

  • It’s such an interesting parallel that while everyone stops going outdoors in Europe during winter, in Dubai it’s the opposite. I went there in November a few years ago and the temperature was just getting to the point where I could bear it in the daytime. We went to Wild Wadi Water Park and loved that place! Some awesome tips here for sure, makes me want to go back again 🙂

  • Ee Sing Ng

    The temperature is just perfect for travelling, not too cold and not too hot. Dubai is beautiful and has so much to offer, Reading this makes me wanna just book a trip there soon!

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  • It looks a lot less crowded in the winter- so a perfect time to visit. A silly question- does it cool down in the desert at all? I’ve always wanted to visit a desert but I can’t do high temperatures so I don’t think that will ever happen!

    • cheerfultrails

      Actually Dubai gets crowded during winters. It’s the holiday season here. Yes, visiting desert becomes really pleasant, the temperature cools down during this period.

  • Great blog and good information. I have visited Dubai but after reading your blog I notice I missed some places such as Al Qudra Lake.

  • I never thought of Dubai having all the cool nature that you’ve mentioned. I definitely want to do some of the hikes!

  • What a wonderful place to escape to in winter. So many fabulous things to enjoy. I would love to go to Al Qudra Lake and visit a desert. Dubai looks amazing and has so much to offer in the winter season.

  • I am sure winters would be a real saviour from the blistering sunny days of Dubai. A road trip sounds exciting and so does booking a yacht from the Marine drive.

  • I’ve been only at the airport so far and never really interested in visiting since I thought it was all so artificial. Your posts shows that there are definitely other aspects to Dubai, too, that make a visit worth a while. Thanks for this inspiration.

  • I didn’t know Dubai have winter! This is pretty amazing 🤗

  • I love Dubai during winter… So cooling especially after the crazy hot summer.

  • Rahat Arora

    Dubai is fun loving place. Lots of things to explore in Dubai. Global village looks nice.

  • Winter’s in Dubai sound like a lot of magical moments one can experience on visiting. Definitely on the cards.

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