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Winter Escapes to the Middle East
Winter Escapes to the Middle East

As the days get colder, the nights get longer and the chilly weather never quite seems to leave, people around the world are sure to be dreaming of some winter sun. The Middle East is one of the world’s best regions for guaranteed warmth, making it the perfect getaway destination for those looking for a sun-kissed escape.

Here we run through the best ways to spend winter in the Middle East.

Astonishing Abu Dhabi

The exciting selection of attractions in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, cements its status as a true year-round destination.

The adrenaline-fuelled Ferrari World Abu Dhabi features nearly 40 rides and attractions, including the world’s fastest roller coaster and a brilliant variety of shows. There’s also a range of stores selling all things Ferrari.

Abu Dhabi is also home to one of the world’s largest mosques. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque celebrates cultural diversity within the Muslim world and its architecture will wow visitors.

However you choose to spend your time in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi will provide the luxury base you deserve. Located in the heart of the city, all of the major sights are within easy reach, providing you can tear yourself away from the hotel’s incredible facilities.

The hotel itself is one of Abu Dhabi’s premier sights and extends for over a kilometre in width. There are over 1,000 chandeliers inside the buildings and guests will love wandering the beautifully-decorated corridors.

Winter sun, sea and sand

Dubai is rightfully known for its hot weather, with an average temperature of 36°C (97°F) in August, but in the winter months this drops to a far more manageable heat. From December to February, the average sits at a more reasonable 20°C (68°F), making the city accessible to far more people.

The popular desert safaris are always a great option, regardless of the time of year. There are loads of operators who run trips out onto the dunes, so choose the one that best suits your interests. Some include camel rides, sandboarding and cultural experiences so it’s worth browsing around.

Another great way to appreciate Dubai is from the water, with a variety of boat trips exploring the spectacular Arabian Gulf and Palm Lagoon. Whether you opt for a adrenaline-pumping speedboat tour or a more relaxed cultural excursion, the city’s skyline will shine before your eyes.

When looking back on the city, one feature you can’t fail to spot is the remarkable Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. Inspired by the palaces of continental Europe, the hotel is a five-star luxury beach resort set on the iconic Palm Jumeirah and features an exceptional list of facilities. From a 500m private beach to its eight exquisite culinary experiences, guests will enjoy a level of luxury rarely found elsewhere.

Shopping in the sun

In the build up to Christmas, shoppers everywhere will be searching for ideas of what to buy their loved ones. If you are a bit short of inspiration, the Mall of the Emirates showcases 520 international brands, so you’re bound to find something suitable, even for those hard-to-buy-for relatives! December and January often see shops holding major sales, so you can find those perfect gifts without spending all of your holiday budget.

After a long day of retail therapy, you don’t want to have to travel too far carrying all of your new goods, and thankfully you don’t have to! Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai is directly connected to the award-winning mall, so you can shop till you drop!

Pyro on the Palm

Dubai is one of the best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve, with its firework displays famous all over the planet. One of the best spots in the city to take in the shows is the unique Palm Jumeirah.

The incredible man-made ‘palm tree’ features a series of boardwalks, filled with hotels and exquisite restaurants, and you can stand anywhere along its 11km of pathways for a spectacular viewpoint of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah is located on the west crescent of Palm Island Dubai and offers beautifully memorable New Year packages, including meals, live music and entertainment. Most of all, the hotel has uninterrupted views of the Dubai skyline, so you can enjoy the city’s fireworks in all of their glory.

The Middle East has so much to offer, regardless of the time of year you choose to visit. The teams at all of our hotels would be delighted to help you plan your stay.

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