Soak up the warmth and fun of Dubai’s outdoor life

Dubai: While people in many countries are stuck indoors during the winter months, people in Dubai are being encouraged to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and become tourists in their own city. With its plethora of world-class attractions, outdoor adventures and family-friendly activities, Dubai offers plenty of ways for families and friends to spend quality time together, day or night.

As the city continues to regain its vibrancy and the health and safety of everyone remains a top priority, here are some destination experiences compiled by Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) for residents to enjoy.

Outdoor places to visit:

For those who want to visit one of Dubai’s record-breaking attractions, The Palm Fountain holds the title of the largest fountain in the world. For this spellbinding performance, two giant floating platforms cover 14,000 square meters of seawater, rising 105 meters and light up the Dubai sky with 3,000 magical LEDs. Spectacular shows take place daily from sunset to midnight and are accompanied by hit songs from around the world.

Al Serkal Avenue has become a hipster hangout and a local favorite with its combination of galleries, pop-up shops and concept spaces. Gathering a legion of loyal fans, NightJar Coffee offers decadent brunches and a long list of cafes, while a DJ hits the deck every weekend. The Cultural Quarter is also popular with families as the JamJar invites guests of all ages to paint a canvas or for those who want to update their look Chalk Salon is an upscale unisex lounge.

While winter means most people are stuck indoors, the pleasant weather in Dubai encourages everyone to hit the beach, be it JBR Beach, Kite Beach Dubai or Umm Suqeim Park Beach. With all these free public beaches, families and friends can get together to soak up the sun together and get the necessary dose of marine vitamins. JBR Beach has plenty of activities for children and you can spend as much or as little as you want in the nearby cafes, shops and restaurants.

Away from the glittering city lights, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a 6.2 km² haven for 450 species of animals and 47 species of plants, with flamingos as the main attraction. Ideal for families looking to connect with nature, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. free of charge. Guests are encouraged to grab a pair of binoculars and hide in one of three wooden birding hides near the waters edge for the best view of the magnificent wildlife.

Enjoy a leisurely picnic

Zabeel Park has become one of Dubai’s favorite picnic spots as it offers a plethora of options for hosting a relaxing meal, including the shaded lawn, convenient outdoor seating or basking in the sun in the amphitheater . As well as providing the perfect setting for a tasty feast, the park is also home to Dubai Frame, Dubai Garden Glow – the region’s first glowing theme park – and an educational zone for children.

Dubai offers plenty of places for families and people of all ages to picnic and enjoy the outdoors.
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For those looking for some smooth entertainment while enjoying their picnic, Burj Park offers visitors a magnificent view of the Dubai Fountain against the backdrop of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. For added convenience, those in need of a few last-minute ingredients can head to the Dubai Mall, which not only has a supermarket, but also hundreds of restaurants offering take-out food.

Safa Park is known for its calm and natural surroundings as the green oasis is surrounded by the Dubai Canal, making it the perfect picnic park for residents looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. . After a picnic, visitors can choose to complete their meal by hiring a bike or even a boat while groups can play football, basketball or volleyball.

Calling all cyclists

The Al Qudra Cycle Path is one of the largest designated cycle paths in the world, as the 84 km trail crosses the desert and attracts enthusiasts and triathletes alike. Against the beautiful backdrop of the scenic red sands, runners have the chance to spot local wildlife like the Arabian oryx, all for free! For those looking to rent bikes, visitors can do so with a daily rate of Dh105 at the Trek Bicycle Store.

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Zabeel Park is one of the favorite places for residents to make the most of outdoor life in Dubai during the cooler months.
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As Dubai focuses on initiatives to transform itself into a bike-friendly city, the new Jumeriah Beach Trail allows cyclists to visit major sights including Jumeirah Beach, Etihad Museum, Sailing Club from Dubai, Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim Park and Burj Al Arab. It’s the perfect way to see the city.

Large campsites

For the best view of the campsite, make the most of the tranquil oasis of Al Qudra Lake, located next to the Al Marmoon Desert Conservancy, which is still close enough to see the city’s iconic skyline. Escape into nature in the only part of Dubai where wildlife is likely to be seen in its natural habitat, from desert foxes to oryx, or one of the 170 species of birds living around the lakes. Couples can also visit the heart-shaped lake called Love Lake, it also has the word “love” spelled out by an arrangement of plants and trees.

Literally translated as “rocky mountains”, Hatta is located in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains, 130 km east of downtown Dubai. Combining camping with a host of adrenaline-fueled activities such as hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, Hatta has become a popular weekend hideout for locals, especially with the introduction of luxury caravans at Hatta Sedr Trailers.

Known for its stunning red sand landscapes visible from Fossil Rock, the Lahbab Desert offers the perfect Arabian adventure. Whether you’re looking to explore rocks and dunes such as Pink Rock and Big Red, a 300-foot high sand dune, or get your adrenaline pumping while riding quad bikes, the Lahbab Desert has it all. need for a memorable camping trip.

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