Things to Do in Dubai This Winter
By Godfrey Lydon
Whether it’s beaches, sunshine or entertainment, Dubai has it all. From record-breaking architecture to thrilling theme parks, incredible shopping malls and a superb restaurant scene, Dubai is a city like no other. It’s no wonder it’s been named Tripadvisor’s top destination in the world for 2022.
The sail shaped Burj Al Arab is the most iconic building in Dubai and one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. You can now take an immersive 90-minute tour to explore the gilded suites and sumptuous interiors. Another must-see is the Burj Khalifa which at 828m high is the world’s tallest building. The At the Top observation deck on the 124th floor offers unmatched views of Dubai.
Another recent addition to Dubai’s ever-expanding list of world-beating attractions is Ain Dubai which opened in 2021. This is the world’s largest observation wheel and offers 360-degree views of the Dubai skyline.
Dubai has an incredible array of high-octane theme parks and world-class waterparks. Dubai Parks and Resorts has four of the city’s top attractions. Visitors can explore 100 fun-packed indoor and outdoor rides at Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark. Aquaventure Waterpark is home to record-breaking rides and attractions.
The Green Planet, Dubai’s indoor rain forest, is suitable for kids of all ages. Kids can discover the desert with an exciting desert safari or enjoy sand surfing and getting up close with camels as well. Dubai’s shopping malls also offer indoor experiences for kids including Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. The Dubai Mall offers ice skating, go-carting, Kidzania, the Dubai Aquarium and lots more.
If it’s retail therapy you’re looking for, Dubai’s the place to be! From high-end shopping malls with all the designer brands to artisan markets and traditional souks, you’ll find everything you need and more on a trip to Dubai. With seasonal sales events throughout the year, it’s always a good time to go shopping in Dubai.
The Dubai Mall is the biggest mall in Dubai. With 1,200 retail stores, hundreds of dining options and a plethora of family-friendly activities, the Dubai Mall is a shopper’s paradise. Dubai’s smaller shopping districts are also worth exploring and these include City Walk and The Beach at JBR. The traditional souks of Dubai Creek, where you’ll find gold, perfumes, spices and lots more, are also a must-visit.
Feel the rush with one of these adventure activities in Dubai. Take a thrilling freefall from 13,000 feet over the beautiful Palm Jumeirah and admire the sparkling waters of the Arabian sea and the Dubai cityscape along the way.
How about gliding over desert sand dunes 4,000 feet above the desert on a hot-air balloon tour? You’ll enjoy stunning views of the rolling, red sands of the Arabian desert, the rising sun and the majestic Hajar Mountains.
Ziplining is another must-try adventure attraction. Hold tight with XLine Dubai Marina, the world’s longest urban zipline, as you glide across the city at 80km/h soaking up the views of the shiny skyscrapers and glitzy yachts.