If you have been waiting for a chance, you can bet that December will be the best time to visit Dubai
. One of the main things that pull tourists to this scorching hot city at other times of the year is the December weather in Dubai
– decidedly cooler and not so blazing. The beaches
are more pleasant to visit, and you can stand to be outdoors and not just roaming the malls. Even though it is not the cheapest time of year to fly to Dubai, book your tickets in advance as the longer you wait, the higher the prices will rise.
in Dubai is tourist season for a number of reasons – people fly down for the holidays
, it has some of the latest and best attractions
, and you can roll shopping
, adventure, heritage, and relaxation all into one fabulous vacation. With so much to see and do – and not to mention, eat! – what are you waiting for?
Here are some of the top things to do in Dubai 2017:
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1) Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
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Dubai in December is exciting, and if you are kick-starting the month in this fabulous city
, the Rugby Sevens
is one of the biggest events of the year. Whether you are a rugby fan or not, the atmosphere is electric and it is something you will want to experience at least once. If you are a sports fan and you don’t want to worry about grumbling bored kids, no fear. The Dubai Institution has plenty of activities to keep the family entertained. The Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens runs from the 30th of November 2017 to the 2nd of December 2017.
2) National Day festivities
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It really is perfect how UAE’s National Day coincides with the most happening month of the year. The country will be marking its 46th one this year, so get ready for a week of festivities – decorated car parades, mall entertainment, firework displays, and colourful carnivals. National Day celebrations are just the beginning of this exciting month.
3) Saruq Al Hadid
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This is the best time to learn about the country’s heritage
, so head over to the newly-opened Saruq Al Hadid museum with relics of an age that has only recently been discovered. Superhero fans will appreciate the stunning swords and arrowheads on display, while the womenfolk can gaze in wonder at the gold and bronze displays. Interactive displays allow you to get a hands-on experience of what it was like in the era that passed, while you try to unravel the mystery of the civilisation that left it all behind. How long ago did they exist, and what happened to them? Steep yourself in history
to appreciate this modern city even more.
4) Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2017
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Movie buffs, rejoice. DIFF
2017 is taking place from the 6th to the 13th of December this year and is a glittering affair of awards, releases, and honours. Bask in the glory of sharing the same space as international stars, discovering the art in films, and enjoying the weather during open-air screenings. If you thought to watch a movie in 4D was cool, the film festival takes the atmosphere to another level. Find out who will be there and what will be screening, and don’t miss out!
5) du Tough Mudder
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If you want to get down and dirty, have a go at this year’s du Tough Mudder competition, on the 8th and 9th of December. One of the biggest excursions and activities of 2017
, it is a team challenge comprising of around 16-20 kilometres of mud and several obstacles to swim, crawl, climb, slide and run your way through. Think you’ve got what it takes but you don’t have a team? Don’t worry, you can make some friends for life in an obstacle course like this! This experience is unlike any other you will face, and revel in the fact that you won’t be burnt to a crisp while you’re out living it as you picked the best time to visit Dubai
with this weather!
6) Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah
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Did you imagine that you could have a snow fight in Dubai and not while you are in Ski Dubai
? Well, that fantasy is now a reality. Fort Island in Madinat Jumeirah
is one of the central attractions
of the city, from the 17th to the 27th of December, which provides a snow fight zone, cookie decorating station, bungee jumping, abra tours, and plenty of food and drink.
7) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
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Yes, you read that right, it’s a theatre version of the children’s classic. Watch this professional cast of actors, a choir of children, and technical crew from the UK perform the fairy-tale of Snow White and her seven little sidekicks as she succeeds over her evil stepmother and finds her Prince Charming. The show will run from the 20th to the 29th of December but buy your tickets ahead to avoid disappointment. It is the perfect way to keep the whole family entertained.
8) La Perle
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If children’s entertainment is not your thing, be mesmerised by Dubai’s first resident show. Watch on as artists perform stunts and aerial antics on and around an aqua-stage in this state-of-the-art custom-built theatre. Audio-visuals, 3D projections and 2.7 million tonnes of water feature in this jaw-dropping experience, which is on until the 31st of December.
9) Dubai Shopping Festival
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Here’s the event you’ve been waiting for! DSF 2017
kick starts on the 26th of December and runs until the 28th of January – a whole month of shopping
! Truly a shopper’s paradise, tourists from all over the world flock to Dubai especially for this, as all the malls are ripe with entertainment, and all the stores are bursting with sale offers. Dubai is a shopper’s stop
as it hosts brands from different countries in one city; and more often than not, under one roof. So get your big items for a fraction of the price, and pack your bags with gifts for your loved ones that will only increase their love for you!
10) Dubai Parks and Resorts
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This has to be every child’s dream: four different theme parks in one place. Motiongate
allows kids to interact with their favourite cartoon characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Smurfs. Go crazy with the Lego-themed rides, and build Lego robotics at Legoland; and take it a step further at Legoland Water Park. Let your inner Bollywood side shine at the Bollywood Park, where musicals and film characters come alive. You’ll need a whole day to explore the entire park’s fantasies
, so be sure to replenish yourself at the many eateries available
. On till the 31st of December.
11) IMG Worlds of Adventure
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The world’s largest indoor theme park
takes you on the ride of a lifetime with shrills and thrills. Set your heart racing and get ready to leave your stomach behind as you embark on these crazy, adventurous rides. Interact with characters from Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network through 5D and multi-sensory rides, get acquainted with long-lost dinosaurs, enjoy the live performances, and take a break to stuff your face, before you continue on for more fun. On till the 31st of December. If you don’t know what to do in Dubai
for 3 days, make sure you fit this into your schedule.
12) World Future Sports Games 2017
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Dubai is the city of technology and advancement and you can see that in action in a new genre of athletics and sports
that will be on this December in Dubai. From robotic table tennis to driverless car racing, robotic swimming and soccer and manned drone racing, this is only a glimpse of what a futuristic world could look like. Don’t miss it as it takes place citywide from the 28th to 30th of December.
13) New Year’s Eve
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Admit it, this is one of the main reasons you want to make it to Dubai in December. And if you are there, you have no excuse to miss it. Get ready to join the crowds at Downtown Dubai
for the spectacular fireworks at the Burj Khalifa
, or better yet, head over to the beach
if you are claustrophobic. Not only do you not have to deal with crazy crowds, but you get a great view of the fireworks at the Burj as well as the dazzling display down at the beach. Not to mention, freeze a bit in the midnight air as the Dubai temperature in December does take a dip! So take a solid nap during the day, pack a picnic for the night, and, if you’re wondering what to wear in Dubai in December
, bundle up because no one does a firework display quite like Dubai!
is, without a doubt, the best time to visit Dubai in 2017. Not only are there are so many things to do in Dubai at night, but the city brings its A-game to the tourist season with so much happening during the day, making the most of the gorgeous Dubai weather in December.
If you were waiting for a reason to visit Dubai, we have given you 13 of them (and there’s plenty more – this is just the tip of the iceberg) so book your tickets now
to experience a fabulous Dubai holiday!