“Where has the sunshine gone?!” We hear you cry, as September in the UK falls into gloomy rain and a wintry fog. Hopes for an Indian summer this year are fading fast and, in our chilly Chester office, it feels a bit like we’re bypassing Autumn altogether. The only cure for the impending winter blues, is surely to book a holiday to Dubai as quickly as possible.
Ahh, Dubai. Where the sun shines brightly all year-round, and the sky is a brilliant blue. There’s a wealth of fabulous sunshine activities you could be doing in this exciting metropolis, rather than battling the UK weather with a broken brolly. We’ve put together this list of our favourites.
So, save on your heating bills and #StaySunny on a dream holiday to Dubai this winter.
Feel the sand between your toes and a warm sunny glow on your face as you move into Vriksasana and your worries drift away. Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah beach runs a series of yoga classes in a glorious setting by the sea. Bliss.
Unless you like wearing a waterproof duvet while you dine, there’s not much chance of eating outdoors in the UK over the next few months. But, Dubai is bursting with opportunities to go al fresco. Enjoy sparkling sea views as you try sensational seafood and cocktails at Anantara The Palm’s Beach House restaurant. Alternatively, don’t miss the enthralling experience of an authentic Arabian desert camp BBQ in the serene setting of the sand dunes.
When it’s hot outside, the best place to be is in the water. Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm is a watery world of thrilling rides and slides for all ages. Make friends with Jaws and meet stingrays on a shark safari, or simply chill-out on the beautiful golden beach. What’s more, if you book Imperial Club at Atlantis The Palm, you can go every day for free!
Romantic evenings are assured in Dubai, and there’s no better way to start the night than by sipping sunset cocktails with a view. The award-winning Club Lounge at Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa is the perfect place to slurp a mojito in style. Based on the 25th floor of this impressive five-star hotel in the Dubai marina, the club’s outdoor terrace boasts spectacular views across The Palm Jumeirah.
With blissfully warm waters and range of waves, Dubai is an ideal destination to learn to surf. Kite Beach is a popular spot to catch the waves, with an array of water sports also on offer. If you don’t fancy risking a wipe-out, then don’t worry; this family friendly area is the perfect place to simply relax away a sunny afternoon.
Prefer to keep your feet dry? Sandboarding in the desert will be the perfect sunshine activity for you. Many desert safaris include this thrilling sport as part of their package, and you don’t have to have previous experience to give it a try. Brave boarders can even tackle ‘Big Red’; an incredible 91-metre-high sand dune that’s been likened to a natural rollercoaster.
Don’t settle for teeing off in earmuffs this winter; get your shorts out of the drawer and head to the world-class courses of Dubai. The Emirates Golf Club has three immaculate courses to enjoy, designed to a championship level. Plus, if the midday sun gets too much (yes, you can actually feel too hot in Dubai – hooray!), the courses have floodlighting, that allows you to practice your swing after dark. Handwarmers are not required.
Ready to escape the UK’s bleak weather? Book a luxury holiday to Dubai, and #StaySunny this winter.