22 November 2016
Dubai plays host to the 2016 Dubai Motor Festival between 10 – 19 November 2016.
A draw for petrol heads and luxury marques aficionados, with plenty of family-friendly activities thrown in, the festival is a citywide celebration of motoring passion in all its forms. It opens the motoring season in the region with a world-class series of events for drivers, dealers, families and fans.
If you have a motoring fan in your family (and, let’s face it, who hasn’t?) why not make a holiday of it and take the opportunity to soak up some of Dubai’s legendary sunshine at one of the best times of year to visit this friendly Emirate.
Weather-wise, November is considered one of the best times to visit Dubai. And the cooler November temperatures (by Dubai standards!) of around 18°C to 31°C are very pleasant (and accompanied by very little humidity, or rainfall).
Dubai is a truly international destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. This diversity is reflected in the sheer range of authentic global cuisine, entertainment, music, fashion and shopping.
Balance out Dubai Motor Festival events with some shopping and sightseeing. Dubai is a shopper’s heaven; The Dubai Mall is the largest mall with entertainment complex in the world and is home to a mix of international stores and exclusive boutiques, an ice skating rink and the Dubai Aquarium. Mall of the Emirates plays host to a similar range of international stores plus one of the region's largest indoor ski slopes. Try also the Bur Dubai indoor souq – a huge covered marketplace of vendors – and the older atmospheric souks at Deira.
On Top of the World
Dubai isn’t only about shopping, however, it is also home to some incredible innovation, including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Standing at 828m high, it opened in January 2010 and visitors have the choice of two observation decks: one on the 124th floor and one on the 148th, plus a restaurant-bar on the 122nd floor. A visit right to the top, to the 148th floor, is a hosted VIP experience with interactive screens, refreshments, and a guided tour.
It is well worth making the effort to soak up some of Dubai’s history too. Start with a visit to the Dubai Museum, a former fort, built in the eighteenth century. Then spend some time wandering around the sympathetically restored Al Fahidi Historical District. Formerly known as the Bastakia Quarter, its sand-coloured houses jostle for space over a maze of narrow lanes which are now home to museums, craft shops, courtyard cafes and art galleries.
A Change of Pace
If you’ve never done it, do make time for a desert safari, an opportunity for an unforgettable camel ride in the desert – and a unique view of Dubai’s modern skyline.
More family fun can be had at the Sinbad-themed Wild Wadi Waterpark – worth a visit if you are travelling with kids.
Dubai is a city of vibrant contrasts and there is much to explore… even more this November as the world’s best and most interesting motors roar into town.
Ask your Travel Counsellor for more information about visiting Dubai to experience the Dubai Motor Festival.