WanderlustWhy Dubai is the ideal destination for winter sun

From pristine white-sand beaches to desert day-trips, Dubai is the ideal destination for winter sun

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The city’s inviting climate, luxurious beaches and playful nature offer a warm welcome that’s hard to beat.

If you’re seeking an unforgettable holiday brimming with sun-kissed adventures, make Dubai your first port of call. It’s a dazzling city famous for its ambition and adrenaline, overflowing with outdoor activities, trinket-filled souks and remarkable global dining that attracts award-winning chefs from all over the world. Set against a backdrop of pristine white-sand beaches, warm waters and memorable desert day-trips, Dubai really is the perfect destination for winter fun in the sun.

Stellar cuisine

The city has erupted with utterly astounding architecture and exquisite culinary talent in equal measure, marking its blossoming dining scene firmly on the map. A-listers the world over have flocked to launch Dubai outposts and you can explore everything from Filipino to local Emirati food with the added luxury of staggering scenery. If you’re seeking dinner al fresco, elevate your beach experience by booking a coveted table at multi-award winning Pierchic, serving up fresh seafood on a private pier overlooking the extraordinary Burj Al Arab. Pop up restaurant SAL is another fantastic beachside dining option, overlooking the glittering Arabian Gulf from Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. For a chic alternative, explore Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine on the rooftop of The Palmery at pastel-pink KAYTO or enjoy contemporary Tuscan seafood at Rockfish at Jumeirah Al Naseem.

Jumeirah Al Naseem Kayto restaurant Dubai

Thrill-seeking in the desert

Dubai’s surrounding desert landscape provides a fantastic playground that’s ideal for quad biking, camel riding and other desert activities. Our concierge team can arrange an exciting desert safari day trip, perfect for thrill-seekers. Al Badayer, fondly known as Big Red owing to the area’s terracotta-coloured sand banks, is just one popular destination to explore.

Striking mountain landscapes

Around a two-hour drive from Dubai’s city centre, the striking Hatta Mountain Range offers a rugged change of scenery to the city’s dazzling skyscrapers. The turquoise lake at Hatta Dam provides a popular kayaking spot, and surrounding trails are perfect for cycling, hiking and horse riding. If you’re seeking a winter escape with a healthy dose of outdoor activities, Dubai is a wonderful option providing easy access to Hatta, Oman and its neighbouring emirates.

Animal adventures in Hatta hiking mountains

Unparalleled shopping experiences

Pack light and leave plenty of room for souvenirs and gifts. Dubai offers a spectacular selection of international designer brands. Take a rest from the sun and explore the impressive Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai, with floor after floor of shopping and dining options, a zip line experience and an hourly fountain display. Time your visit to catch the water show at golden hour for a wonderful photo amongst the glistening skyscrapers.

For a civilised souk experience, visit the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, an indoor boutique souk with air-conditioned, stall-lined hallways selling a curated selection of the best products found in traditional Middle Eastern marketplaces. For an authentic experience, venture down to the creek to explore the gold and spice souks, where you’ll discover endless local trinkets and antiques.

The ultimate in beach luxury

Dubai’s pristine beaches and warm waters tick all the boxes for a wonderful holiday of relaxation and indulgence. Nestled on the palm tree-shaped island, the Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray offers palatial beachside elegance embodying the opulence of the Ottoman Empire's Tulip Era, complete with a private stretch of shoreline for you to enjoy at your leisure. Other beachside hotels in the city include the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, both offering glorious sea views lapped by warm water.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Aerial View of Infinity Pool And Beach

Book your escape for a winter holiday in the sun-drenched Arabian Gulf with Jumeirah Dubai.