Say hello to a getaway in Dubai.
A city of some 150 nationalities, perched along sun-drenched Gulf coastline, Dubai is the most cosmopolitan and modern destinations in the Middle East. With world-class dining, incredible infrastructure, myriad shopping experiences, luxe spas and fabulous hotels and resorts, there are activities to suit all kinds of travellers, no matter what your age.
The best time of year to visit Dubai is from November to March, when the city sees clear blue skies and it's the perfect temperature to sprawl out along the Persian Gulf's pearly white sands. Here's just a taste of what you can enjoy throughout the winter months in Dubai.
In November, the motoring world looks forward to the annual Motor Festival that sees the city’s streets get jammed up with truly beautiful, unique, extravagant and luxurious cars, bikes and more.
Throughout December, the city celebrates the UAE National Day with a series of parades, activities and performances for everyone to enjoy. Look forward to one of the longest running sporting events in the city, the Rugby Sevens which is much more than a series of rugby matches. The city also prepares itself for New Year’s Eve with a fireworks display that has consistently been awe-inspiring each and every year.
January offers a fresh start on many aspects of your life, so why not address those needs by shopping during one of the city’s biggest festivals, the Dubai Shopping Festival. If you’ve taken up a New Year’s resolution to be more active, there’s no better place to practice it than at the annual Standard Chartered Marathon that has been a regular annual sporting event in Dubai for over two decades.
February is a month that will will satisfy every concert-goer with a new performance almost every week. With the Jazz Fest, RedFest DXB and more, you’ll see more artists performing this month than any other month in the city’s calendar. Get ready to have your taste buds blown away with the annual culinary carnival, the Dubai Food Festival. For sport lovers, experience some of the world’s finest tennis champs battle it out on the courts at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.
If there’s one sporting event that you should attend in Dubai in March, it is one of the world’s richest horse races, The Dubai World Cup. Experience majestic horses and their gifted jockey’s compete for the title spot. Bookworms and literary lovers can delight in the annual Lit Fest which brings globally recognised writers and writing courses to Dubai. Artists and creative souls can find their place in the city at one of the region’s most anticipated art events, Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai and SIKKA.
There’s never a dull moment in Dubai. Discover this for yourself on your next getaway this year. Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor for more information and to create a Dubai getaway tailored to you.
From Burj Khalifa to Palm Jumeirah: Dubai’s Must-See Attractions
The aptly-named Kite Beach is the perfect spot to test out your watersporting skills, but there’s plenty to do out of the water at this popular spot, too! Grab a smoothie from one of the many open-air cafes and restaurants just steps from the beach, watch bikers and skaters fly by at the newly finished skate park or get into a game of volleyball. With plenty of beach activities, plus an awesome view of the Burj Al Arab, it’s easy to spend the whole day here.
Standing 828 metres high, the Burj Khalifa is hard to miss. The world’s tallest tower naturally dominates the Dubai skyline, but the true majesty of the building is best appreciated up close or, even better, from inside. On a clear day, the view from the observation deck on level 124 is absolutely stunning. Why not marvel at some of the world’s tallest apartment buildings as you stroll along Dubai Marina Walk? Or, for an experience that marries tradition and luxury, visit Madinat Jumeirah which encloses luxury hotels, the world-class Talise Spa, the Madinat Souk, Madinat Theatre, and 44 restaurants and lounges. You can also explore on traditional wooden abras to appreciate the waterways and architecture.
SHOPPING & DINING
Right next to the Burj Khalifa is The Dubai Mall, and to call it merely a shopping mall is doing it a disservice. Even an entire day spent here isn't enough to see it all. Along with over 1,200 shops and 150 restaurants, the Mall is home to so much more, including a huge indoor waterfall, a choreographed fountain and a giant aquarium and underwater zoo! For those who like to shop, dine, see a movie at an open air cinema and go to the beach all in one place, why not take a trip to The Beach opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence.
The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. Best seen walking, this area offers a nostalgic view of a bygone era with traditional wind towers and a maze of winding alleyways. You can visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and take part in Arabic classes, heritage tours and guided mosque visits to better appreciate the local culture. After exploring, take an atmospheric abra ride to the labyrinthine alleyways of souks on the other side of the Creek, which is awash with the history of the emirate.
However you prefer to stay while you’re travelling, from great value convenience to five-star luxury, we’ll find the perfect place for you to rest your head. Here’s a selection of our favourites in Dubai.
With independent access to travel suppliers throughout Dubai, we're always looking to add more value to your holiday. Take a look through just a few of our selected offers below – but for our very latest offers on Dubai’s best places to stay, your Travel Counsellor is just a phone call away!