As winter blankets the UAE with cooler temperatures and festive cheer, it’s the perfect time to explore the diverse landscapes and vibrant culture that this enchanting country has to offer. Citymax Hotels welcomes you to embark on a winter adventure with our curated list of the top 10 places to visit in the UAE during this magical season.
What better place to enjoy your excursions than a relaxing stay at Citymax Hotels across the country. Where you can expect luxurious & affordable rooms along with a wide range of restaurants & bars which are sure to satisfy your cravings with utmost comfort.
1. Dubai Miracle Garden:
Witness a burst of colours at the Dubai Miracle Garden, which is the World’s largest Natural Flower Garden & home to millions of blooming flowers arranged in breathtaking designs. This floral paradise is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and those seeking Instagram-worthy moments.
2. Al Seef Dubai
If you want to experience the heritage & the culture of Dubai, Al Seef Dubai is the place to be. Situated alongside the picturesque shorelines of Dubai Creek with views of Old Dubai on the other side of the water. Explore the heritage alleyways aka Sikka where you can purchase handicrafts, get a henna tattoo, or hop aboard various types of yachts and dhow cruises for reasonable prices offering loads of fun.
3. Dubai Gold Souk
Dubai is known to be the city of gold and you can experience this first hand when you visit the iconic Dubai Gold Souk, situated just 10 minutes away from Al Seef. Where you will find yourself surrounded by 100’s of gold stores offering timeless designs from across the world.
After a tiring day discovering the heritage of Dubai, unwind and pamper yourself at Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai just 7 minutes away. The hotel hosts large rooms with super affordable rates along with a wide range of restaurants and bars perfect for any mood.
4. Global Village:
The sprawling Global Village complex is a great spot for culture, entertainment, and shopping in Dubai. Get a closer look at over 90 cultures, all in the same place. At the themed pavilions, you’ll find a variety of beautiful handicrafts and delicious food representative of each country. You’ll also get to watch cultural performances as well as international music acts each night. Don’t miss out on all the carnival rides within the park too. Global Village is open from October through April and entry tickets are needed. The best time to visit is during early evening hours when crowds are thinner.
5. Jumeirah Beach:
Spend the day exploring The Walk at JBR surrounded by beautiful skyscrapers, malls and a bewitching beach with loads of activities for all ages. Don’t miss out on the fireworks during the Dubai Shopping Festival accompanies by a drone show which take place every day.
End your day at Citymax Hotel Al Barsha At The Mall to unwind at their beautiful Aqua Pool Bar with tantalizing Drinks and spacious rooms to completely rejuvenate yourself for another exciting day exploring Dubai’s attractions.
Escape the city and head to Hatta, a mountainous enclave on the border of Dubai & Oman offering outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. Only a 1-hour drive from Dubai, it makes it the perfect getaway every winter in UAE.
7. Qudra Lake:
Al Qudra Lakes provide an excellent opportunity to observe indigenous Dubai wildlife thriving in their natural environment, ranging from desert foxes and oryx to approximately 170 bird species residing in the vicinity. The cooler months offer the optimal conditions for wildlife sightings, although animals frequent the lakes year-round. For the best wildlife observation experience, dawn stands out as the ideal time at Al Qudra Lakes, offering tranquillity and cooler temperatures regardless of the season.
8. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah:
Perched at an elevation of nearly 2,000 meters, Jebel Jais Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) claims the title of the tallest peak in the UAE. Drawing weekend crowds, this rugged mountain provides a sought-after destination for residents, offering a plethora of activities tailored for adventure enthusiasts. Whether you’re a daring thrill-seeker or simply seeking outdoor enjoyment, a day at Jebel Jais Ras Al Khaimah promises to shatter the monotony of everyday life!
Reaching Jabel Jais involves a 2 hour drive from Dubai but we have got the perfect pitstop for you, visit Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah and choose to indulge in a wholesome Kabayan Boodle Fight or a wide range of Indian dishes. If you are feeling meaty, try out The Huddle’s delicious meat platter with 5 types of meats for only AED 99. Perfect to keep the energy high to experience the activities at Jabel Jais.
9. Sharjah Desert Park:
Spread across a square kilometer, this enchanting paradise encompasses four attractions, each offering a glimpse into the unique desert ecosystem of Arabia. Within this space, you’ll find a botanical garden, a museum dedicated to natural history, a charming children’s farm, and the well-known wildlife center, Sharjah Zoo.
Looking for some comfort Asian & Indian flavours to satisfy your cravings? Citymax Hotel Sharjah hosts iconic restaurants such as Claypot & Sizzling Wok where you indulge yourself in a wide range of authentic flavours.
10. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi:
Yas Island is a hub of entertainment, featuring attractions like Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, the famous Yas Marina Circuit and Sea World Abu Dhabi which is the latest attraction. Yas Island is the one stop destination to experience excitement and thrills for the whole family.
With Citymax Hotels as your comfortable base, embark on a memorable winter journey through the UAE’s captivating destinations. Whether you seek adventure, culture, or relaxation, the UAE has something for every traveller during the enchanting winter season.
11. Meena Bazaar
Located in the historic Al Fahidi district, Meena Bazaar comprises a network of shops & delightful eats spanning multiple streets. It is also known as the Little India of Dubai, offers not only unforgettable culinary experiences but also a variety of textiles, distinctive antiques, aromatic spices, and exquisite jewellery with designs from around the world. Accessible by metro or bus, it’s advisable to have cash on hand as some smaller vendors may not accept credit cards.
12. Louvre Abu Dhabi:
Experience the intersection of art and architecture at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This iconic museum showcases a diverse range of artworks, spanning centuries and civilizations. You can also experience a thrilling Kayaking session on the waters surrounding the Louvre Abu Dhabi where you can catch beautiful sunsets too.