Winter in Dubai: A Travel Guide for the Discerning Tourist

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  • Food & Wine

  • Arts & Culture

  • Dubai

  • Shopping

  • Winter

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Dubai is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Located in the United Arab Emirates and about an hour's drive from Abu Dhabi, Dubai is known for its modern infrastructure, extravagant shopping malls and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Beyond its modern facade, Dubai also offers a rich heritage with its cultural experiences.

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Where to stay in Dubai

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Burj Al Arab Dubai

A beacon of luxury on a manmade island with a private beach, Dubai’s most iconic hotel doesn’t disappoint.

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Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Frontline desert hotel with lavish suites offering access to safaris, unforgettable horse rides, camel treks and nature walks.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

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Palace Downtown Dubai

Nestled by the expansive Burj Khalifa Lake, this stunning palatial hotel offers unparalleled, intricate luxury.

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Things to do in Dubai

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Welcome to Dubai, where luxury and extravagance have no limits. Seasons in Dubai can be divided into summer (average 100F+) and winter (average 55F). The cooler months of November – April mean unlimited access to outdoor activities and events!

Here's a comprehensive guide to help you discover the attractions that Dubai has to offer during these lovely winter months.

1. Accommodation:

Top tier Hotels: Immerse yourself in the luxury hotels of Dubai, such as the Burj Al Arab, renowned as the world's only 7-star hotel, or the Armani Hotel within the Burj Khalifa. These establishments provide service, luxurious suites and breathtaking views.

2. Dining and Gastronomic Experiences:

Michelin-Starred Delights: Dubai boasts a selection of Michelin-starred restaurants like Zuma, Pierchic and Nobu. Indulge in dishes created by chefs amid awe-inspiring settings.

Sky High Culinary Experience: Treat yourself to a meal at Atmosphere on the Burj Khalifa floor, where you can savor gourmet cuisine while enjoying unparalleled views.

TIP: Taste of Dubai, a three-day festival of food, drink and music, will be on March 1-3, 2024.

3. Retail Therapy:

Indulge in luxury shopping at the Dubai Mall, where you'll find an array of high-end designer boutiques and luxury brands. Ensure not to miss The Fashion Avenue, a section showcasing fashion labels.

Experience the Gold Souk in the Deira district, which offers a collection of gold jewelry and precious gems.

TIP: The Dubai Shopping Festival will return from December 15, 2023, to January 29, 2024. Prepare those credit cards for one of the world’s best shopping festivals.

4. Exhilarating Experiences:

For an exhilarating adventure, take a helicopter tour of Dubai's landmarks. Get a bird's eye view of sights like Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and the city's futuristic skyline.

Take part in guided supercar tours through routes. Drive luxurious sports cars such as Lamborghini's, Ferrari's and Bugatti’s for an unforgettable experience.

Ensure your transportation is seamless and stylish by arranging chauffeured services or renting cars to explore the city.

Charter a yacht and cruise along Dubai's coastline to admire breathtaking city views from the sea.

TIP: The Dubai Marathon is set to return on January 7, 2024. The Dubai World Cup, one of the world’s richest races, will also occur on March 30, 2024. The Dubai International Boat Show, a five-day event of superyachts, will be on February 28 – March 3, 2024.

5. Wellness:

Unwind and revitalize yourself at world-renowned spas like Talise Ottoman Spa. Experience treatments in an environment that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Enjoy the exclusivity of beach clubs such as Nikki Beach or Cove Beach. These clubs offer top-tier service, luxurious lounging areas, and panoramic ocean views for relaxation.

6. Nightlife and Entertainment:

Enjoy the nightlife in Dubai by gaining access to top-notch clubs like Soho Garden and Cavalli Club.

Experience world-class performances and concerts at venues such as Dubai Opera. They offer a range of events and entertainment options that will captivate your senses.

7. Cultural Exploration:

Indulge in a desert safari that includes luxury 4x4s, camel rides and a delightful gourmet dinner under the sky in a Bedouin-style camp.

Discover Dubai’s thriving art scene by visiting galleries and museums like the Dubai Opera District and Alserkal Avenue.

TIP: Art Dubai will run from March 1, 2024, to March 3, 2024. This three-day event will showcase artworks of over 400 artists from 40 countries.

Dubai offers luxury, innovation and cultural experiences tailored to satisfy the most discerning tourists. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of this city. Savor every moment of your visit!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Arlette Diederiks guide, Guide to Food, Luxury & Entertainment in Dubai.

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