A Guide to Visiting Dubai with Your Family in the Winter

A lot of families consider Dubai one of the best destinations for the winter. Those who are from parts of the world where it’s unbearably cold toward the end of the year enjoy the pleasantly mild climate of the most progressive emirate of the UAE. The City of Gold also has wonderful offerings for anybody who’s looking for a “different” way to celebrate the holidays.

So, if you are seriously considering coming to Dubai to take a break from the bone-chilling cold of winter where you are originally from, there is no doubt a lot of good things are in store for you.

Ready to plan for your winter family trip to Dubai? Provided below is a helpful guide.

● Book your flight and accommodations online now.

Take advantage of the lower cost of early booking for flights and hotel accommodations. Visit different online booking sites to see the best deals that your family can take advantage of.

Also, do not miss out on special offers packages available on airline and hotel websites. For example, one of the best family hotels in Dubai actually has this “Turkey to Go” offer for families that want a traditional Western celebration of the holidays.

If your stay in Dubai falls on the dates coinciding with the American Thanksgiving or Christmas and you are all about upholding tradition, you should book this offer. You can have the festive dinner your family is accustomed to on those important dates.

● Look for tour packages.

There are so many things to do in Dubai, and if you wish to include as many new experiences as you can during your family holiday trip, research tour packages. These provisions already include a suite of highly rated experiences in Dubai and you can be certain that you will enjoy all these experiences because of the efficient scheduling of the tours.

The main advantage of signing up for tour packages is you can “reduce the cost of valuable experiences,” especially because you’re a group. At the same time, with the schedule created for the tour packages, you can manage your time better and include a bunch of other leisure activities in Dubai that your family may be interested in.

● Make sure to always start your days early.

Since a lot of avid and casual travellers head to the City of Gold during the winter, traffic in the main thoroughfares can get quite crazy.

As much as possible, start your days early. If you’re interested in tour packages, consider signing up for those that leave at dawn such as a desert safari tour package that leaves at around 4:00 am so everyone can get on a hot air balloon to see the sunrise. This way, you can avoid being cooped up in a car stuck in traffic.

● Pack your most comfortable footwear.

Winter presents the best climate in Dubai. You can actually walk around and not feel like you are baking under an angry sun, so make sure you have your best walking shoes on. Visit Old Dubai, the Dubai Miracle Garden and, of course, the desert.

● Visit local parks.

With much milder weather, locals, expats, and city visitors typically gather in local parks that are found all across the country, with a lot of them in Dubai. Over the weekends, there are different community events to look forward to at these locations. Try not to miss out on those because they are fun, and you can also make new friends and learn more about local culture.

Also, get ready for the delicious scent of barbecue at the park. Winter is barbecue season for locals. You and your family can take part in a “local tradition” and have your own barbecue picnic at the park as well.

There are local establishments that prepare meat for barbecuing and you can simply buy from them. Or, you can just purchase already cooked barbecue from the stands that normally pop up during the weekends.

It’s important to note that some parks are more congested than others. Dubai parks that are main points of interest include Jumeirah Beach Park, Al Safa Park, Al Mamzar Beach Park and Zabeel Park, among others.

● Include shopping in your itinerary.

The winter season means amazing sales at the malls. You will delight in the large discounts for electronic and designer wares in Dubai’s various malls.

Also, you will get more enjoyment out of shopping at the local souks because it’s not going to be too hot. Take your time haggling with vendors for spices, jewellery, perfume, and household goods.

Enjoy Dubai this winter

There are so many things to do with your family and there is always something fun for each one of you to do in this city. So, plan your trip accordingly to get the most out of your winter family holiday in the City of Gold.


Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”

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