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It is finally Christmas- the time of the year when all the houses and markets are decorated in colorful lights. In fact, the countdown for the much-awaited festival has already started. So, buying gifts for him or gifts for her this festive season seems natural. You can buy a staycation in UAE as a gift for your significant other this Christmas and make the festival even more memorable one for them.
Although the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an Islamic nation, the Christmas and New Year celebrations here are on another level. Malls, restaurants, shopping centers, shops, and tourist spots are splendidly decorated. The ambiance of UAE will make your staycation in UAE even more thrilling and memorable. So, trade your bulky winter coat for easy-flowing summer clothes because we are taking you on a journey to explore how the "City of Gold" celebrates the holiday season.
Before we let you know which places to explore in UAE during Christmas, let us first see the weather conditions in UAE so you can pack accordingly.
Christmas in UAE may sound like the snow-strewn festival as it is typically depicted. But in reality, you can expect fantastic mild weather with an average daytime high of around 26°C (78.8°F) and an average seawater temperature of 25.6°C (78°F) during Christmas. The December weather in UAE is much cooler than the scorching summer months, making it an ideal time to visit and explore the city's numerous attractions.
Christmas and New Year are when you can take a break from everything and spend some quality time with your friends and family. This time of the year is all about Christmas trees, lights, the feel of magic in the air, and other bucketloads of fun in the UAE. So, let us check out which places you can visit and what you can do when on a staycation in the UAE.
If you're seeking an adrenaline-fueled experience during Christmas, head to the Dubai Skydive Dropzone. Hovering over the Palm Jumeirah on a Hot Air Balloon offers breathtaking views of the iconic archipelago, providing an unforgettable Christmas adventure.
Ticket Price: AED 745 – 4,400
SKI Dubai transforms into a magical setting during Christmas with festive decorations, snowfall, and the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. Escape the desert heat and experience a winter wonderland. This indoor ski resort offers an incredible snowy experience, with ski slopes, snowboarding, and even a penguin encounter.
Ticket Price: AED 250 – 1,499
Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island renowned for its luxury resorts, stunning beaches, water sports, and vibrant nightlife. Visit the Palm during Christmas to enjoy beach activities, sunset cruises, and festive dining experiences
Ticket Price: AED 80 – 3,145
No trip to the UAE is complete without visiting the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. During Christmas, witness the iconic tower illuminated with magnificent lights and a mesmerizing light show.
Ticket Price: AED 134 – 1,842
Located in Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is a must-visit destination during Christmas. Experience the thrilling rides at Ferrari World, cool off at Yas Waterworld, or indulge in world-class dining and entertainment at Yas Marina Circuit.
Ticket Price: AED 275 – 950
Downtown Dubai is the city's central hub, home to iconic landmarks like the Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain. During Christmas, witness the spectacular light displays, shop at the festive markets, and enjoy live performances.
Ticket Price: AED 1,099 – 1,599
While visiting Bassata Village, don't miss the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable desert safari adventure. Explore the stunning desert landscapes of the UAE in a thrilling 4x4 off-road ride known as dune bashing.
Ticket Price: AED 325 – 2,400
Qasr-Al-Watan in Abu Dhabi offers a glimpse into the UAE's rich heritage. Explore the breathtaking architecture, visit the exhibitions, and enjoy the vibrant Christmas decorations that adorn the palace during the holiday season.
Ticket Price: AED 120 – 180
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting the National Aquarium at Al Qana in Abu Dhabi. Marvel at the diverse marine life, attend interactive shows and enjoy the enchanting underwater Christmas decorations.
Ticket Price: AED 190 – 760
Dubai Marina boasts a vibrant atmosphere and stunning views of the waterfront. Enjoy a dinner cruise along the Marina, witness the beautiful yachts decorated with lights, and immerse yourself in the festive ambiance.
Ticket Price: AED 120 – 2,499
Amidst the Christmas festivities and exploration, take time to unwind and pamper yourself at one of the luxurious spas in the UAE. Many resorts and hotels offer world-class spa facilities that provide a serene and rejuvenating experience. You can choose the one near your staycation in UAE.
Ticket Price: AED 80 – 699
For nature enthusiasts, visiting the Eastern Mangrove National Park is a must. Embark on a kayaking tour through the mesmerizing mangroves, spot local wildlife, and celebrate Christmas in a serene and natural setting away from the city life that most of us are used to.
Ticket Price: AED 168
Abu Dhabi's Corniche Beach is a scenic seaside promenade offering beautiful views of the city's skyline. It is a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking. You can take a leisurely stroll, rent a bike, or picnic on the sandy shores during Christmas.
What are you waiting for? Celebrate this Christmas with your loved ones in UAE. Remember, the UAE can be crowded during Christmas as it attracts visitors from around the world. So, book your tickets for hotels and events online in advance. You can book your tickets for a staycation in UAE as a Christmas gift for her or a gift for him on Wonderdays, at the best market rates. Hurry up!!