Dubai is a paradise for tourists and residents alike, especially during the month of December.
With the UAE National Day, Christmas, and New Year among the highlights, there are absolutely tonnes of things to do.
Here are some of the best activities and events you can enjoy.
1. Celebrate UAE National Day
December in Dubai starts with a bang as the city celebrates UAE National Day on the 2nd of December.
The city is adorned with national colours, and there are numerous events and activities to mark the occasion.
From parades and fireworks to traditional dances and music, the city comes alive with celebrations.
It’s a great opportunity to learn about the UAE’s rich history and culture.
2. Attend the Emirates Dubai Rugby 7s
For sports enthusiasts, the Emirates Dubai Rugby 7s is a must-attend event.
Taking place from December 1 to December 3, this event is not just about rugby.
You can also watch netball and cricket teams battle it out, and enjoy a performance by Craig David.
The atmosphere is electric, with fans from around the world coming together to cheer on their teams.
3. Visit the Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival
If you’re a fan of speed and vintage cars, the Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival is the event for you.
Witness F1 Grand Prix and Group C cars from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s whizz through the circuit at over 300 km/h.
It’s a thrilling experience that takes you back in time, allowing you to relive the golden era of motor racing.
4. Experience the Dubai Opera
Dubai Opera has a packed schedule for December 2023.
On December 1st, the historic debut of the celebrated Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan will present a memorable gala concert titled “A Concert for Tomorrow”.
On December 3rd, superlative pianist Anna Fedorova and distinguished Nicholas Santangelo Schwartz will perform.
From December 8th to 10th, you can enjoy Slava’s Snowshow.
On December 12th, Tinariwen, the multi-generational, Grammy-winning Tuareg band will perform.
On December 13th, you can experience Handel’s Messiah.
5. Experience the Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai is known for its shopping festivals, and December is no exception.
The Dubai Shopping Festival offers a plethora of shopping deals, making it a paradise for shopaholics.
From high-end fashion brands to local handicrafts, there’s something for everyone.
Plus, there are also numerous entertainment events and food stalls, making it a fun day out for the whole family.
6. Visit the Global Village
The Global Village is a cultural extravaganza that showcases the traditions and cultures of different countries.
It’s a great place to enjoy international cuisine, buy unique souvenirs, and enjoy cultural performances.
Each pavilion represents a different country, allowing you to travel the world without leaving Dubai.
7. Go on a December Desert Safari
A trip to Dubai is incomplete without a desert safari. Enjoy dune bashing, camel riding, and a traditional Arabian dinner under the stars.
It’s an adventure like no other, allowing you to experience the beauty and tranquility of the desert.
8. Celebrate Christmas and New Year
Dubai is a city that knows how to celebrate.
From Christmas markets to spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Burj Khalifa, there’s no shortage of festive cheer.
The city is beautifully decorated, and there are numerous events and parties to ring in the festive season.
9. Attend an Improv Night at The Courtyard Playhouse
If you’re in the mood for some laughs, head to The Courtyard Playhouse for one of its ‘This is Improv’ comedy nights.
The performing art center’s best improv comedians put on a themed night of skits inspired by requests from the audience.
The shows are free to attend and seats are given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
10. Visit the Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is a must-visit for nature lovers. This unique flower garden is home to over 50 million blooming flowers, creating a vibrant and colorful spectacle.
The garden features various structures and installations made entirely of flowers, making it a perfect spot for some stunning photos.
December in Dubai is a month filled with excitement and festivities.
Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a shopaholic, or a culture vulture, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city