The month of December in Dubai is a hive of activity, from incredible shopping festivals offering unbeatable discounts to exclusive New Year’s Eve Gala Dinners and parties. And with great weather and special offers, visiting the city over the winter months gets even sweeter. Here are our top five reasons to travel to Dubai in December:
1. Great shopping bargains
December is a fantastic time to visit Dubai. During the festive season, you’ll enjoy a host of exciting offers and promotions at boutiques, shopping malls and stores across the city. The Dubai Shopping Festival lures travellers for its incredible discounts on high-end fashion, jewellery, electronics and more. Some items marked as much as 90% off during the months of December and January! Plus, a host of promotions are held in the malls during the shopping festival where you could win all sorts of prizes, from cars to spending money.
2. The best weather
As Dubai heads into its slightly cooler season, the month of December brings with it much milder and more enjoyable weather for spending time outdoors. And with an average temperature in the high twenties, December is still pleasantly warm enough for beach and poolside lounging. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
3. Great freebies
During the month of December – in the middle of local school holidays – Dubai’s many attractions and activities offer some fantastic offers and freebies for travellers. Enjoy discounted prices on some of the most iconic hotspots in the city. These include the Burj Khalifa experience, desert safaris, theme parks and more.
4. Christmas celebrations
In addition to the Dubai Shopping Festival, there are plenty of festive season celebrations to look forward to in December. From special Christmas Day brunches to themed afternoon teas and dinners. And because Dubai is home to over 200 different nationalities, you’ll enjoy festive meals from all over the world. Not to mention the exciting Christmas-themed festive markets at St. Regis Dubai, the Santa Shuffle bar crawl, the Great British Christmas Ball – complete with Yule log and Christmas pudding – and the Dubai Winter Festival, the largest weekend of festive fun in Dubai!
Souk Madinat Jumeirah has a special winter wonderland theme set up with snowball fights for the kids, a cookie garden and roasted chestnuts. You’ll feel as though you’re enjoying a white Christmas even when the sun is shining. Our favourite? Atlantis, the Palm holds special Santa workshops and even gets visits from Father Christmas himself.
5. New Year’s Eve extravaganzas
Atlantis, the Palm is one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve. Hordes of fireworks, delicious feasts and live entertainment keep you entertained well into the new year. The world-famous Under the Stars Gala Dinner held on the beach is an unparalleled celebration with champagne, canapés and live music. Plus there’s even a special Under the Sea area for little ones complete with a jumping castle and outdoor cinema. The Atlantis Royal Gala is highly sought after and tickets are booked up well in advance.
Where else? Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hosts some world-class New Year’s Eve celebrations and At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa has two dining options, including entertainment by a violinist and illusionist. There are also special NYE cruises where you can watch Dubai’s famous fireworks from the water.