Why You Should Visit Dubai in December

  • The city of Dubai prepares itself for Christmas and New Year festivities in December.
  • The entire city is beautifully decorated with fairy lights and spectacular pyrotechnics on all the special days such as the 25th and 31st.
  • Enjoy the stunning view of the city while visiting Dubai in December.
  • Dubai enjoys pleasant weather in December which is not chilly but is comfortable and ideal for sightseeing to visit attractions such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Frame etc.
  • December is also ideal for indulging in water activities such as enjoying a Dhow cruise.
  • You can also get a desert experience comfortably in December and go on a Desert Safari.
  • December is a prime time for festivals and events and you can attend the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, UAE National Day Festival etc. during your visit to the city.

Best Things to do in Dubai in December

Burj Khalifa
Explore Burj Khalifa

The world famous architectural wonder Burj Khalifa is visible from every point of the city of Dubai and is a must-visit place during your winter holidays. This 825-meter-tall iconic miracle offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city. Visit the place on New Year’s Eve to witness an amazing sound and light show. Zoom up to the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj in the world’s fastest elevator to soak in this stunning view. You can also reach the 148th floor to view the city from the highest observation deck in the world. Opt to enjoy a meal at The Lounge, Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest lounge on planet earth.

Dhow Cruise Dubai Marina
Experience Dhow Cruise

Journey through Dubai Creek in a wooden traditional Dhow boat to get an experience of the city's true spirit, where the modern world coexists with traditional Arab charm. Enjoy the vista of the city, well decorated in December, to welcome the festival season, during your two-hour cruise. As you navigate through the Dubai Creek, look out for the popular city attractions such as the Dubai Creek Park, Dubai Frame, Deira Creekside, Museum Of Illusions, Grand Bur Dubai Masjid and others.

Evening Dubai Desert Safari
Witness the Beauty of Desert Safari

One of the exciting things to do in Dubai in December is to go for a Desert Safari. Tour the vast Arabian Desert during a dune drive and participate in a series of desert activities such as quad biking, sandboarding, sand bashing, camel ride etc. You can also opt to spend the night in a Bedouin tent, and be entertained with local folk songs and belly dancing. Relish a mouth watering local cuisine sitting under the starlit sky.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Explore the Marine Life in Dubai Aquarium

An exciting place to explore in Dubai is the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, the winner of the Guinness World Record for the world's Largest Acrylic Panel. Feel excited visiting this vast aquarium that houses over 33,000 aquatic animals belonging to over 150 species. Visiting this aquarium, you will be able to take a look at creatures such as Giant Spider Crabs, Otters, Water Rats, SeaHorses, Sea Jellies etc. Walk through the 48-meter underwater tunnel, and look at various marine creatures swimming all around you. Visit the underwater zoo at level 2 to meet the King Crocs, the world’s largest reptile and also other creatures.

Dubai Mall
Go shopping at the Dubai Mall

Shopaholics must not miss out on visiting the famous Dubai Mall, the home of the Dubai shopping festival, known for providing shopping extravaganzas to its visitors. It is one of the world's largest shopping malls spread over 500,000 square meters where you will not only enjoy shopping options at more than 1200 stores but will also be able to indulge in an array of entertainment options. You can combine your shopping trip with visiting the large walk-through aquarium, skate at a world-class ice skating rink and have more exciting experiences. While visiting in the month of December, you will be able to get a unique shopping experience at the Dubai Shopping Festival which is held towards the end of the month.

Explore Dubai Frame

December is a good time to visit Dubai’s newest landmark Dubai Frame as you will be able to enjoy the glittering skyline of Dubai that is illuminated for the holiday season to create stunning vistas. The attraction will let you enjoy the unique view of old and new Dubai from a 150-meter-high sky glass bridge that connects two towers. Go to the center of the bridge to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. The Dubai Frame will also tell you about the city’s past, present and future as you embark on an hour-long tour of the place.

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Visit Dubai Miracle Garden

Take a stroll in the World’s most extensive garden of 72,000 square meter with over 45 million flowers creating a colorful paradise on earth. Spend some time in the floral wonderland amongst lush greenery and flowers with vibrant hues at Dubai Miracle Garden. Delight in looking at the beautiful displays of marigolds, petunias and geraniums blooming all over the place in unusual layouts and heart-shaped massages. Do not miss out on visiting the butterfly garden to spot 15000 free-flying butterflies.

Dubai Garden Glow
Spend a day at Dubai Garden Glow

Spend a fun day at Dubai Garden Glow, the world’s most uniquely themed park, situated in the vast stretch of a well-designed colossal garden. Visit its various areas such as a magic park, art park, ice park and dinosaur park and feel mesmerized looking at the park areas glimmering with magical exhibits, ice cravings, animated dinosaurs, mammoth figurines and a lot more. Enjoy watching its various attractions including glowing animals, a replica of Burj Khalifa and many more.

IMG world of adventure
Explore IMG Worlds of Adventure

Set out on an exploration of the IMG Worlds, known to be Dubai’s first themed entertainment park. The themed park is spread across 1.5 million square feet and is the largest temperature-controlled indoor-themed entertainment park in the world. Kids feel excited to visit this fun destination with its four exciting adventure zones - two of which are themed on two well-known brands - Cartoon Network and Marvel. Both zones have lots of thrilling rides that both adults and kids would find entertaining. Out of the other two zones, the Lost Valley will take you to the era of dinosaurs and the IMG Boulevard will take you on a journey through a Haunted House. Apart from rides, each zone also has stores selling themed merchandise, as well as eateries. The entertainment park also has a 12-screen movie theater, making it an ideal destination for a fun-filled day.

Dubai Fountain
Witness Dubai Fountain Shows

An excellent thing to do on a winter evening in Dubai is to witness a spectacular view of the largest choreographed fountain show in the world. Feel mesmerized looking at the 6600 glittering lights playing with the water dancing to the rhythm of Arabia, Classical and world music by artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Andrea Bocelli. The Dubai Fountain show of 5 minutes set in the Burj Khalifa Lake will surely enchant you. Opt to get closer to the fountain by walking on the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk or going for the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride to enjoy the show from traditional Abra boats on Burj Lake.

Burj Khalifa
Celebrate Christmas

Those visiting Dubai in December would be delighted to be a part of the city’s celebration. The city prepares itself to spend their Christmas in a grand way and has seasonal markets where you can enjoy your Christmas shopping. You can also attend sing-along carol performances and sing the Christmas Carol with others. During the celebration, you can spend time on glittering winter terraces or head towards the smug ski chalet to spend your Christmas there. You can also opt to visit some of the amazing world-famous attractions of Dubai which are donned with fairy lights and spectacular pyrotechnics on a special day.

Burj Khalifa
New Year’s Eve in Dubai

The New Year’s Eve celebration of Dubai is like no other, with luxury parties, exciting clubbing, fireworks and more. If you are visiting Dubai in December, then you should consider spending your New Year’s eve participating in a wide range of activities or visiting exciting places to celebrate the day in a grand way. You can opt to go for a spectacular view of the light and sound shows in Palm Jumeirah or hit one of the well known clubs for the New Year’s Eve parties. The city also has various star-studded events where internationally famous artists perform which you can check out.

Know Before you go for Dubai in December

What to Pack
What to eat
Dubai Night Tour
  1. Travel Essentials:
  • Dubai Time Zone: GMT +4

  • Currency: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED)

  • Country code: +971

  • Emergency numbers: Police: 999; Ambulance: 998; Fire Department: 997

  1. What to Wear:
  • Wear lightweight comfortable clothing during the daytime as it is likely to be relatively hot.

  • Carry a jacket along to wear in case it is a little chilly.

  • In the evenings, wear lightweight cardigans and jackets as it is slightly cool.

  • While attending Christmas or New Year’s Party, wear casuals and shoes.

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a head cover such as a cap, hat, bandanas, or scarf for your head.

Tips to Visit Dubai in December

Dubai Water Canal Cruise
  • As December is one of the busiest tourist months in Dubai, it is advisable to book your tickets well ahead of time so that you do not miss out on anything on your bucket list.

  • Dubai has both a traditional side as well as a modern side. Ensure that you get the flavor of both modern Dubai as well as traditional Dubai during your trip.

  • Although a liberal city, Dubai follows few customs and traditions. While visiting the city, you should respect these customs and traditions.

  • Wear a comfortable dress but ensure that it is appropriate for the place of visit. Some religious places may need you to keep your shoulders and knees covered, so dress accordingly.

  • In Dubai, you can only have drinks in pubs, restaurants and discos. You must drink judiciously in order not to get too tipsy.

FAQ's of Dubai in December