As we make way for winter and the school break, the festive atmosphere settles, opening up plenty of opportunities to have great family-friendly fun throughout the city. There’s so much to do, it might take several seasons before you see it all!
If you’re looking for some fun-filled activities that you can enjoy with your loved ones over the break, you can’t go wrong with these things to do in Dubai during winter.
1. Visit Hatta
Hatta is a huge tourist spot just an hour and half’s drive away from the city. It’s filled with outdoor activities such as trekking, kayaking, mountain biking and bird watching. It also has a beautifully reconstructed Heritage Village that replicates the cultural and historical experience of the people of the region, especially before the area was developed in the 1960s. If you want to know more, check out VisitHatta.com.
2. Take a Trip to Al Ain
A beautiful oasis city right along the Oman border, the Garden City of Al Ain is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty and cultural history of our country.
It features the 400-hectare Al Ain Zoo, which features a huge array of diverse species such as gazelles, giraffes, lions, and more. Thousands of animals call the Al Ain Zoo home, many of whom are endangered and represent profound conservation efforts by the zoo.
Another attraction is Al Jahili Fort, a fort built in the 1890s to protect the palm farmers of the region. One of the most iconic castles in the UAE, it features several exhibits and activities that pay tribute to Al Ain’s history. There’s also another fort, Qasr Al Muwaiji, which is well-known as the birthplace of Sheik Zayed, our President.
You can also check out Al Ain National Museum, which contains many historical artifacts including Bronze and Iron Age-era findings on display. There are also cultural exhibitions featuring the life and times of the previous inhabitants of the UAE.
3. Dive into the Past at Mleiha
If you want to experience an archaeological adventure, check out the Mleiha Archaeological Centre. The region is built around a dig site, a remarkably well-preserved tomb from the Bronze Age-era Umm Al Nar civilization. Take part in the excavation programme and you might just help dig up a new artifact from the past! Check out the website to know more.
4. Visit Wasit Wetland Centre in Sharjah
Coastal wetlands were once a common terrain feature along the Western reaches of the UAE. Today, Wasit Wetland Centre provides a glimpse of one of these wetlands, or sabkhas, as well as the kind of avian wildlife that called it home. You’ll get to view both native and migrant fauna in the centre.
5. Explore the Global Village
One of the most iconic winter attractions in Dubai is the Global Village, which is only open this season! Enjoy a festival that lasts for months long, celebrating the diverse multicultural melting pot that is Dubai. Experience wild concerts and shows, amazing shopping opportunities, and delicious food from all over the world.
Get Help from Your School for Great Activities over the Break
A healthy balance of fun and productive is the best mix for any long break. It helps your child keep their mind sharp and refresh their skills and memory for their return.
At SISD, our educators are always willing to help your kids achieve the best they can, both in and out of school days. Ask our teachers for educational resources and fun games that will be perfect for your child over the winter break!
You can also sign-up for our holiday camps during all school holidays.