The UAE is a captivating destination all year-round, but you don’t have to save your vacation time for the summer only. There’s lots to see, do, and experience in the winter months, which is the peak tourist season due to the warm weather. So, without delay, here are some of the top winter activities you won’t want to miss out on.
1- Go Camping and Enjoy Adventurous Pursuits in Hatta, Dubai
Indulge your sense of adventure with a visit to the mountainous town of Hatta. Top up your fitness levels and discover more of the great outdoors at Hatta Wadi Hub. Hit the network of trails and go mountain biking through the rugged landscape. Along the way, tackle such trail features as ramps, jumps and bridges. Alternatively, discover Dubai´s largest national park on foot by hiking through the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. There are five hiking trails that span 32.6 kilometers with routes for every level and experience of hiker.
2- Explore Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Head to Sir Bani Yas Island, the largest island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, which is home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and millions of trees and plants. This stunning Island is ripe for exploration. Go on a wildlife safari to see animals such as gazelles, deer and the Arabian Oryx. Enjoy other island activities, including mountain biking, snorkeling and kayaking and visit the ancient Christian monastery that is more than 1,000 years old.
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3- Experience Breathtaking Natural Beauty at Green Mubazzarah, Al Ain
This lush green expanse at the foot of Jebel Hafeet is a grassland paradise of rolling hills, streams, waterfalls and hot springs. Explore the park on foot or climb aboard the sightseeing train. Dip your feet in spring water, picnic under the sun and stay the night in a tent or chalet.
4- Wander Through The Al Fahidi Historical District, Dubai
Journey back through the decades as you walk through one of Dubai´s oldest heritage sites, a former trading hub for pearl and textile merchants in the 19th century. Navigate winding alleyways bordered by ochre-colored buildings made of palm wood, mud, coral or gypsum. Pick up more insights into the area by visiting its museums, such as the Dubai Museum and the Coffee Museum. At the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding, you can savor traditional Emirati meals and join guided tours of the historic district.
5- Dive & Snorkel in Al Aqah, Fujairah
Explore the underwater world on a diving or snorkeling expedition from Al Aqah Beach. The clear water of the Indian Ocean offers near-perfect visibility for seeing a host of colorful marine life and fascinating coral formations. If you´re a PADI-certified diver, you can explore a shipwreck located a short distance from the beach. For an extra thrilling and rewarding experience, go on a night dive.
6- Explore Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah
Make your way to the top of Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates. From the summit viewing point, 1,934 meters above sea level, you can enjoy magnificent vistas of Hajar Mountain peaks. While here, slide down part of the mountain on Jebel Jais Flight, the longest zipline in the world.
7- Revel in Family Fun At Theme Parks and Waterparks
Ride coasters and carousels, hurtle your body down water slides and entertain the thrill-seeker in you at the UAE´s top theme parks and water parks. Whether you´re after the biggest, fastest, tallest, wettest rides or something gentler, there are attraction-filled parks for people of all ages. They include Wild Wadi Waterpark, Legoland Dubai, Ferrari World and IMG Worlds of Adventure.
8- Desert Safari & 4×4 drive in Liwa Desert, Abu Dhabi
Embark on a desert adventure and explore the vast sandy landscape of the Liwa Desert. Climb into a 4×4 and drive through the terrain to the top of Tal Moreeb, the desert´s highest dune. Get the adrenaline pumping through your veins with pursuits such as dune bashing and sand surfing. Go on a camel trek and sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp.
9- Visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Venture under the Louvre´s dazzling dome roof to tour galleries and exhibition halls for artistic and historical treasures spanning thousands of years. This relatively new cultural landmark opened in 2017 and is a rich repository of ancient artifacts and outstanding art. Browse works by some of the biggest names in art history, like Leonardo da Vinci and Henri Matisse. Study pieces such as ancient Egyptian statues that highlight human creativity across the ages and continents. Other highlights include the Children´s Museum for young art lovers.
10- Explore The World in Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 is the first-ever World Expo hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. This is one of the biggest events currently taking place on the planet, a celebration of human brilliance and achievement that runs until March 31, 2022.
Visitors can experience the best of art, geography, science, technology, innovation, culture and invention and learn about ideas that will shape our lives in the years to come. Stroll through themed districts, visit pavilions, participate in sports and fitness activities and watch concerts and theatrical spectaculars.
11- Connect With Nature At The Al Zorah Nature Reserve, Ajman
Explore one of the most beautiful natural spaces in the UAE, a vibrant ecosystem of lagoons, mangroves and sandy beaches spread across one million square meters. Travel through the mangroves in a kayak and see if you can spot some of the nearly 60 birds species that make the reserve their home. They include pink flamingos, herons and egrets. In addition to bird spotting, you can also chill out at the beach and play a round of golf at the nearby Al Zorah Golf Club.