Looking for the perfect winter getaway and something which is sure to be an unforgettable experience? Dubai is the place be and there is plenty to do over the seasonal period. Courtesy of our friends at Owners Direct here are the best experiences for those wanting some winter sun this holiday season.
Camel trekking is a must. Taking a ride on a camel will allow you to truly get to know the country and allow you to explore the desert at an enjoyable mellow pace. The landscapes of the Dubai desert are sure to leave you mesmerized, with short rides and safaris available.
The safaris enable you to explore the jagged Hatta Mountain in broad day light, and the stunning views will make for the perfect postcard. And at the end of the safari, you’ll capture some amazing desert shows including a belly dance bonanza and a BBQ buffet.
Quad-biking in the desert is another perfect way to explore Dubai, and is something for adrenaline junkies. The dune buggy may give you that ultimate off-road feel but it will also be a surreal experience with the counteraction of the calmness and tranquillity of the serene Desert.
The dune buggies have been specifically designed for driving on the extraordinary terrain, so you are reassured you’re in safe hands. Overnight quad safaris feature a sunset stop where you able to watch the sun disappear behind the golden dunes.
Aquaventure Waterpark is an unforgettable experience that Dubai will offer you. Complete with record breaking rides and slides, your adrenaline is sure to be pumping. The Tower of Neptune allows you to get up close and personal with sharks and sting rays as its dark mysterious tunnels ready to catapult you into the Shark Lagoon.
Once you’re done with the water, head for the zip line, the Atlantean Flyer just so happens to be the longest zip line in the Middle East and gives unrivalled views of Atlantis, the incredible Dubai skyline and the glistening golden beachfront, all from 20 metres high! And after a day of thrill-seeking, you can relax on some of the 700 metres of pristine private beach.
Dubai is the perfect destination for Christmas shopping. The Dubai Mall is home to a staggering 5.9 million sq ft of retail. The Grand Atrium will leave you in awe, with the likes of Bulgari and Graff there. Just around the corner are some beautifully authentic Middle Eastern and South Asian jewellery shops, perfect to try your hand at haggling.
As well as a plethora of luxury and designer brands, there are some beautiful independent fashion boutiques, which stock not only international designers and local brands, but also quirky trinkets and local fashion designs. The bookshop Kinokuniya is a must try, and for those of you with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the Middle Eastern sweets at Arabesq Sweets or exquisite Lebanese chocolate at Patchi.
Ski Dubai is the best place to get a taste of winter in the UAE. The indoor ski resort sprawls over 22,500 square meters and as well as skiing, you can try your hand at snowboarding, tobogganing and take part in many snow events and meet.
The snow penguins are adorable and the little ones will certainly be mesmerised with their dancing. The perfect family outing.