Top 10 Things do in Dubai this Winter

5. Amusement Parks

Aquaventure Waterpark

Once you have finished The Lost Chambers and The Dolphin Encounter, make sure you spend some time at the water park. The waterpark is filled with heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumping, record-breaking rides and, waterslides.

Aquaventure Slide - Winter Holiday  in Dubai. #travelclans #ThingsToDo #Dubai
Aquaventure Slide


  • The Tower Of Poseidon
  • Aquaconda
  • Zoomerango
  • Poseidon?s Revenge
  • Slitherine
  • The Tower Of Neptune
  • The Leap Of Faith
  • Water Coasters
  • Shark AttacK


  • The Torrent
  • The Rapids
  • Zero Entry Pools

Splashers Children’s Play Area is an area specially designed for the little ones at Aquaventure Waterpark. Children under 1.2 meters and their parents will get to enjoy Splashers Mountain with huge tipping buckets and climbing frames, as well as the newly opened Splashers Island with 7 new waterslides. My kids loved it here and we spent most of the time here

Dubai Parks & Resorts 

The first integrated resort destination in the region. It?s the home of three world-class theme parks and one water park, as well as Riverland Dubai, the grand entrance plaza, and a Polynesian themed family resort. 

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Map of Dubai Parks & Resorts
  • Legoland Dubai
  • Legoland Water Park
  • Motiongate Dubai
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai

Riverland Dubai is the gateway to Dubai Parks and Resorts. Travel through time and experience the street ambiance, theaters and, cuisines from four distinct eras which have shaped today?s landscape: The French Village from the 1600s, America?s of the 1950s, the British Raj of the 1930s and Europe of the early 19th century.

Lapita Hotel Dubai – All guests staying at Lapita Hotel & Resort will enjoy unlimited multi-park access for the duration of their stay, in addition to complimentary Q-fast to Motiongate and Bollywood.

The?park timings?vary for each park so its best to plan ahead before you go. Similarly, ticket prices?vary for each park as well.

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Wild Wadi Waterpark 

Situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from the Arabian folklore.

  • Jumeirah Sceirah
  • Burj Surj
  • Master Blasters
  • Tantrum Alley
  • Dhow & Lagoon
  • Juha’s Journey
  • Flood River (currently not operational)
  • Wipeout & Riptide
  • Breaker’s Bay

The water temperature in Breakers Bay (wave pool) and Juha?s Dhow and Lagoon (children?s play structure) is controlled all year round so it’s cool during summer and warm in winter.

IMG Worlds of Adventure 

Dubai?s first mega themed entertainment destination promising visitors from around the world the excitement of four epic adventure zones in one location. Two of the four zones represent renowned global brands Cartoon Network and MARVEL, while IMG Boulevard and The Lost Valley ? Dinosaur Adventure zones are original concepts created by the IMG Group.

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The Lost Valley ? Dinosaur Adventure

Kid Rides

  • Avengers Flight of the Quinjets
  • Dino Carousel
  • Adventure Fortress
  • Adventure Time – The Ride of OOO with Finn & Jake
  • The Amazing Ride of Gumball
  • LazyTown

Family Rides

  • Avengers Battle of Ultron?
  • Forbidden Territory
  • Ben 10 5D Hero Time
  • Adventure Time – The Ride of OOO with Finn & Jake
  • The Amazing Ride of Gumball?
  • LazyTown

Big Thrills

  • Spider-Man Doc Ock?s Revenge
  • Hulk Epsilon Base 3D
  • Thor Thunder Spin
  • The Velociraptor
  • Predator
  • The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo?s Robot Rampage!

Currently, the park timings are 11 am to 10 pm all 7 days however I suggest you check the timings the day prior to going.

  • Park admission: USD 78 
  • Junior admission (under 1.2m in height): USD 70 
  • Senior Citizens (over the age of 60): USD 48 
  • Guest with Disabilities: 
  • Above 1.2m in height: USD 46 
  • Under 1.2m in height: USD 31

6. Global Village

This multicultural open-air festive park runs for 6 months, starting from Oct 30th till April 6th each year. It is a unique and integrated destination to enjoy the world’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment experiences and offers guests a wide range of events, shows and activities that are the largest and most varied in the region.

Highlighting the best of culture from countries of the world in a lively festival and takes guests on a journey through a group of pavilions, each representing the richness and culture of a different country (currently over 90 countries are represented at the village).

It offers unique international cuisine and awe-inspiring entertainment experiences across a wide range of entertaining games and interesting tours.

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Global Village at night

The Carnival section features 31 rides, 25 skill games and over 100 arcade games for the kids and adults alike.

Every Friday at 9 pm there is a firework display that rivals the Burj Khalifa on new year’s day. 

You will easily spend 4-6 hours here, enjoying the shows, the food, the rides and, the shopping. The best part of the tickets is only USD 4 per person per day and children under the age of 3, the disabled and senior citizens (65+) enter for free!

17 thoughts on “Top 10 Things do in Dubai this Winter”

  1. I think I found my next road trip!
    Those aerial tours sound like so much fun to go on! 
    And I just know the missus would love to see the aquarium.
    We’ve been to one before but not as underwater as this one seems to be.
    And you know there’s no way on earth anyone is going to pass up hanging out with a dolphin!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW!  Dubai looks amaaaaazing! 

    I have heard a lot about it but only as a place where there are a lot of restrictions!

    I would LOOOOve to visit some of these places. The indoor ski slop would blow my mind especially as it is so hot there! Crazy!I wonder how much of that is solar powered?Even Better!

    And those  gardens look incredible. I can see my family really enjoying a trip there!!

    Have you any suggestions where to stay? Think I would prefer a resort to an Airbnb setup.

    • Hi Liz,

      Thanks for the love! I am currently working on a review of a few hotels/resorts in Dubai and should be posted soon. Why dont you sign up for my newsletter and when its ready, you will get notified. By signing up, you also get a free ultimate vacation packing checklist – comes in handy whenever you are traveling.

      In the meantime, why dont you consider Lapita Hotel Dubai – its situated right inside Dubai Parks & Resort. Its a fantastic place!

  3. Thanks for such a comprehensive guide on Dubai! 

    I have not been there before, but looking at your post make me feel like i am going to set it as my next vacation destination. All the photos look stunning and I can’t believe that I haven’t considered visiting Dubai before.

    I enjoy night scenery and you really got me at the Global Village. Yea I know it is kind of weird but I am more attracted with the night lights than the dining and entertainment 😀

    Surely the theme park is huge! I have never seen 3 theme Parks with 1 water park together at a place! 

    I really wish I am there now, thanks for your great recommendation!

  4. I have been hearing and reading a lot on Dubai ,how captivating the place is but this post really convinced me and I think I will visit Dubai on my vacation . My family will be very happy to visit such a wonderful place like this . I myself can’t wait to explore all these beautiful places you listed.

  5. Dubai looks like a totally awesome place to explore. But I can’t believe that it costs so much to get into the Burj Khalifa! 54 dollars is a lot for a budget traveler like me. I think it would be totally awesome to be able to say that I’ve been to the tallest building in the world but I don’t think I could swing it for that price.

    After reading your article, it seems like Dubai might just be an expensive place in general. Is this true? Or are there things that you can do for a much lower cost? I would love to come visit but I just don’t have a ton of cash to spend.

    • Hi Mariah,

      Dubai has a high standard of living hence things tend to be on the higher side. Even though the cost to go up the Burj Khalifa is $54, its always full and the queue is never ending, so there are people willing to pay it. But I can tell you its worth every cent!

      I mentioned things you can do for a lower cost such as Global Village, Dubai Miracle & Butterfly Gardens and the water parks!

  6. Dubai is a place I would definitely like to visit one day. I have heard so much about life in Dubai that I have decided it is one of those places that I am definitely going to visit. From the top 10 things to do in Dubai that you have listed, I think my favorite is the Dubai aquarium tunnel.

    God, it is looking so good. How can a place have these sought of awesome places. In fact, I think I am going to do everything you listed on this your list because they are all so amazing. You leave in an awesome place that a lot of people would really love to have an experience of.

    • Hi Jay,

      Yeah, Dubai is really heaven on earth between Oct & March…the weather is great and there are so many things for you and kids to do. Nothing less than a 2-week stay is required to actually experience the city.

  7. Nice Dubai in pill. It is one of the strangest city I ever saw in my life. From one side we have a modern approach, luxury cars, skyscrapers. On the other hand, we can find incredibly poor people who are working almost all day. It is something impossible to forget. Btw. What do you think, is it better to live around Dubai Marina or Deira? As a tourist of course. 

    • Hi Igor,

      if you want to see old dubai its deira but if you like the modern fancy stuff its Dubai marina. ATM deira is under alot of renovation so i would suggest Dubai Marina. You can always take the metro to old dubai if you want to visit it for a few hours.

      Have you been to dubai before?

  8. Dubai has always been on the list of most travelers and tourist since it’s emergence as a tourist destination in the mid nineties.  Millions travel every year and visit these locations mentioned in your article. The fun and excitement never ends in Dubai,  the views are breath taking, hostels and accommodation excellent, environment clean and shiny. If you haven’t been to Dubai before now I recommend you give it a shot it would be worth your time and money.

  9. I do live in Dubai also and I will agree with those are best places to visit and enjoy the uniqueness of the Arabian world it always good  enjoy the best as you can for the adventures here are endless and so I agree Dubai is one place you can have fun than you might have imagined.

  10. Many people I know have visited Dubai and had many great experiences. I am thinking of going one day and this article is ideal for looking for things to do while on holiday there. 

    I’m particularly interested in the Aquarium tank and walking through the Dubai Aquarium Tunnel. 

    I’m also a big fan of water parks so the aqua park is a must! 

    Brilliant article. 

    • Hi Darren,

      My kids love the aquarium visits. We go often and their favorite bit is the tunnel walk. 

      with the water parks, you are guaranteed a blast and it doesn’t matter which one. They all are good.

      hope you signed up for the newsletter to get a free printable packing checklist?


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