While winter travelers have a tendency to muster through the seasonal blues by visiting either a quaint European town or a sunny Caribbean beach, a spontaneous trip to the Middle East shouldn’t be crossed off altogether.
As a matter of fact, January and February make for the perfect time to visit one of the region’s most coveted attractions, which also happened to break its all-time tourism record just a couple of weeks ago.
So, for those still in search of their next winter getaway destination, here’s why you might want to consider Dubai:
Airfare To Dubai Is About To Plummet
While there’s a lot of value to a winter getaway to sunny Dubai, between travel, accommodation, and experiences, the costs can really add up, making that dream vacation of yours once again unattainable.
With that said, those prepared enough to time their visit right might be able to make some major cutbacks in travel expenses, and winter is the ideal time to take advantage of the record-low plane ticket prices.
According to Skyscanner, January and February are the cheapest months of the year to fly to the Middle Eastern hub.
Round tickets during these upcoming months are set to cost between $608 and $610, which, while by no means cheap, is notably cheaper than the $1084 you’d have to pay if you were to travel during the holidays in December.
So, if you’re planning on escaping the freezing temperatures here in the U.S. this winter, pushing your Dubai vacation back just a couple of weeks can end up saving you upwards of $476 – even if you have the money just lying around, postponing the flight would allow you to spend more on local experiences.
The Weather Is Flawless
If you’ve already thought about going to Dubai this winter, chances are that one of the main factors that informed your decision was the paradisic weather the city is now famous for.
Since Dubai has an arid desert climate, with summer temperatures ranging between 86°F (30°C) and 106°F (41°C), winter is actually the perfect time to enjoy the local attractions and world-class beaches without sweltering under the extreme heat.
Temperatures this time of year tend to stay more within the 61°F (16°C) to 79°F (26°C) range, and with only one potential day of rain predicted for both January and February, beachgoers are bound to have a blast!
Speaking of which, the average water temperature in the area hovers around 75.2°F (24°C), so all you need to bring along for a day exploring the underwater wonders of Dubai is your swimming gear.
With all that said, bringing a light jacket along on your nighttime strolls might be a good idea – your luggage space shouldn’t suffer too much since you’ll basically live in swimwear and light linens for the rest of the trip.
There’s So Much To Do And See
One of the greatest perks of the mild, pleasant weather that Dubai enjoys all throughout January and February (beyond being able to bask on the stunning local beaches) is the fact that you’ll be far better able to appreciate the local culture and stunning sights, of which there are many.
Adventurers shouldn’t miss out on an organized tour of the famous Red Dunes of the Arabian Desert, which are usually pretty reasonably priced.
A ticket that gives you access to camel rides, sandboarding, stargazing, and BBQ options can start as low as $40 per person and is sure to deliver the experience of a lifetime.
City trippers, on the other hand, can better appreciate the city’s remarkable cultural scene, complete with the jaw-dropping views of Burj Khalifa, the historic Al Fahidi District (home to the Dubai Museum), the Dubai Opera, and a plethora of A-list festivals and events that are not to be missed.
On January 19th and 20th, 2024, Ed Sheeran will be bringing his ‘+ – = ÷ x’ Mathematics Tour to Dubai at the Sevens Stadium, and keeping in mind Ed’s knack for performing and Dubai’s general flare, the show promises a feast for the senses.
Other events/shows that take place these upcoming months include OneRepublic Live, KPOP Overdose, and a live show of The Phantom of the Opera, though for a more comprehensive schedule, you can head over here.
Lastly, shoppers will fall in love with the annual Dubai Shopping Festival.
The iconic event that has already started and is set to continue until January 14th, 2024 is exactly what it sounds like – a complete shopping and entertainment extravaganza known for its discounts, promotions, raffles, food festivals, and firework displays.
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