10 Fun-filled Winter Activities in UAE

Having successfully completed IPL and Women's T20 Challenge cricket tournaments, UAE is prepared for more visitors. It is already winter season in UAE. As every year, the tourism sector is buzzing with winter activities in UAE to welcome globetrotters. In fact, the UAE residents will be looking forward to the five-day long weekend in the first week of December. To mark the Commemoration Day and National Day, three days have been declared holidays. Add a couple of days of the weekend and it is a lengthy break.

With all precautionary measures, the tourist hubs are all set to welcome tourists from outside and within the country. The UAE government and Health Department take utmost care to ensure a safe and happy stay for everyone visiting the country. And in turn, you are expected to follow the rules set out by the authorities.

In spite of the safety hurdles, a visit to the UAE during winter can leave you with happy memories. Whether you are an Emirati or ex-pat or a tourist, the five days of holidays can be jovially enjoyed. With minimum travelling, you can explore a wide range of entertainments in Dubai.

Even without going out of Dubai Emirate, you can fruitfully enjoy five days of break. The adventure seeker in you can enjoy a lot. So here is a list of 10 winter activities in UAE you can opt for.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Visualize the magical view of Dubai from 1000 feet above. The hot air balloon tour is fast becoming a much sought-after adventure in Dubai. Even for kids as small as five years old with their parents can be part of the experience. There are different packages of rides offered by the companies. Depending on which it will cost you anything between around AED600 – AED1100. It is one of the preferred winter activities in UAE.


Thinking of an adrenaline run to a different level? Experience the free-fall from an altitude of around 13,000 feet at either the Palm or the Desert drop zone. The free fall of about one minute is slowed down in the next five minutes or so before safely landing. The visuals can amaze you and the thrill will last for a long time. It will cost you between AED1500-AED2500 depending on drop zones.

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Skiing in the Snow

Feel the chill. Skiing in the desert land sounds weird. But Dubai never fails to excite you. Ski Dubai is one of the best indoor resorts in Dubai. The spacious stretch of the snow-fully luxurious resort provides multiple packages. The penguin show is a favourite among children. In the sub 0° C, with the entertainments, you can enjoy delicious food too. The packages start from as low as AED150. It is one of the fascinating and unique winter activities in UAE.

Desert Adventure

When in the desert, ride in the desert. Away from the concrete jungle, the endless stretch of sand dunes opens a new vista to explore. Your UAE tour isn't complete until you have spent a few quality hours in the desert. There are multiple groups that offer you the desert safari packages. Ranging from SUVs, quad bikes, sand-boarding, dune buggies or camel rides, you have several options to choose from. Most of the time the package includes pick up & drop, food & beverage, belly dance & shisha experience. Most of these are covered in around AED150.

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Water Sports

No dearth in thrilling experiences in Dubai. Do you love being in the waters? Life jacket on and plunge in the waters. Parasailing, Jet & Water Skiing, Kayaking, scuba diving, boating and the list of entertainments go on. You can choose your sport from as low as AED 160.

When you need to slow down the pace visit:

The Pointe

Located at Palm Jumeirah, the Pointe presents to you the largest dancing fountain in the world. Different musical fountain shows swaying to the tunes of songs from around the world will amaze you for sure. The area is spotted with hundreds of restaurants, bars, shops and kid-friendly zones to make your visit engaging. It is one of the places to witness the breathtaking winter activities in UAE.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Located at Ras Al Khor, Dubai, the sanctuary is one of the best-managed arid wetland zones in the country. From Migratory birds to reptiles and invertebrates to some exotic animals, the Fauna includes around 200 different species. Winter is the best time to visit. And you are going to enjoy strolling through the area watching birds and animals.

Spend the evenings at one of the Beaches

Dubai has no dearth in beautiful beaches. Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach, Dubai Creek, JBR Beach, Al Mamzar Beach, Dubai Ladies Club and La Mer Beach are some of the top beaches in Dubai.

The buzzing activities like playing volleyball or flying kites or just enjoying food from the peddling trucks, you can relax off the waters too.

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When in Dubai you are in for a delicious treat. You can feast on cuisines from around the world at some of the premier hotels. At the same time, depending on your budget you can enjoy different delicacies at pocket-friendly hubs too.

Shopping Spree

The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, City Walk Dubai, etc. are some of the most popular shopping destinations for tourists.



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Standard Operating Procedures

UAE government authorities have taken stringent and proactive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Every emirate has its set of SOPs to follow. When you are in Dubai, you are to comply by the instructions of Dubai Municipality and DHA.

Make sure to have the hardcopy of a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate that is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test before departure. At the Dubai airport you may have to produce it, and another test could be taken too.

UAE has temporarily barred visitors from a few countries. Hence, do check with your travel agent before planning the trip.

Happy holidays, safe traveling.



A Travel enthusiast and Foodie, craving to explore the intricate beauty of nature and its gift of delectable treats. Pens down his thoughts and experiences to present a delightful journey for his readers

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