22 November 2017
Leave your cares behind and head off to Dubai this winter. Home to various delights including beautiful beaches, soothing retreats, exciting activities, luxury shopping facilities and more, this cutting-edge city is ideal for winter sun enthusiasts.
Dubai enjoys sunshine year-round, but winter is an ideal time to visit as average temperatures come down from summer highs of 36°C to between 19°C - 25°C, and there are various things to do…
Bask in the blissful Dubai sun while unwinding on one of the city’s beautiful beaches. A top pick is Al Sufouh Beach; a peaceful sanctuary with crystal-clear waters and acres of unspoilt sands. Dubai is also home to a few exclusive beach clubs you could check out. Relax on 300m of golden sands at the private Riva venue, enjoy butler service while reclining on plus white daybeds at Eden or party into the small hours at strictly over-21s beach club Nasimi.
Savour Dubai’s winter sunshine by taking a pleasant stroll around some of the city’s most scenic sites. A favourite for many travellers is Dubai Marina which is renowned for its pop-up craft markets, the visually striking artificial ‘palm islands’ and elegant piers. Walk up the coast and you’ll encounter the iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab near Jumeirah. Another iconic Dubai skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa which is the world’s largest building, has an observation deck which provides sweeping views of the sun-kissed cityscape below.
Pamper yourself by indulging in bespoke treatments in one of the spas across Dubai. One of the most popular is the internationally acclaimed Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel. It has 43 treatment rooms, two thalassotherapy pools, saunas and snow rooms, offering Balinese massages and sugar body peels among other things. Unwind in the soothing Turkish Hamman at Rixos the Palm’s Anjana Spa, or take an invigorating dip in its ice fountain. Head to Anantara The Palm Dubai, where you can release your tension with a traditional Arabian massage at the hotel spa.
A wealth of engaging pursuits can be found in Dubai. Channel your inner Nick Faldo and play the lush greens of the Emirates Club, with its 18-hole course which was remodelled by the man himself in 2006. Engage in friendly competition at the Dubai Polo Club, which has held international tournaments. Try water sports ranging like kite surfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling at Kite Beach. Feel what it’s like to control a Boeing 737 by trying the iPilot simulator in the Dubai Mall!
Tick a few items off your bucket list during your time in Dubai by trying unique activities. Arrange a session with Skydive Dubai and get the chance to see the Palm Islands from a bird’s eye view. Take a traditional camel ride across Dubai’s desert, or pick up the pace by quad biking across the sandy dunes instead! For the brave at heart there are activities like Flyboarding; where you’re propelled high into the air at top speeds of 40km per hour.
Find plenty of ways to fill your days in Dubai. A star attraction for shopaholics is Dubai Mall, which features designer labels like Cartier, Roberto Cavalli and Christian Louboutin, along with an ice rink and restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe. For a more traditional shopping experience, visit one of the city’s Souk Markets where you can purchase everything from gold jewellery to cashmere garments. Hunt for bespoke items in boutiques across the city like Sophie’s Closet which specialises in costume jewellery and Kinokuniya, where you can pick up enlightening literary works.
Prepare to be impressed with the culinary delights available here. Head to street food parks like Last Exit on Sheikh Zayed Road and enjoy hand-held treats ranging from gelato to kebabs while basking in the sun. Take your partner to Pierchic in Jumeirah, where you can enjoy seafood such as lobster paella while watching the sun set over the Arabian Gulf. Spend time in the Dubai International Finance Centre district, where you’ll discover everything from French fine dining to American-style restaurants like Wings and Rings, known for their hot signature ‘1 million sauce’.