After stepping outside this morning and noticing that the temperature had dropped overnight, I couldn’t help but start to think about the warmer places I could be. Its only going to get colder as it gets closer to Christmas day and the idea of waking up to a bed of white sand and the warm sun shining down over the Christmas period, sounds like heaven compared to the frosty mornings were going to be met with. Don’t get me wrong I do love being at home over Christmas and spending it as a family. But whose to say that spending Christmas as a family abroad as a family for a change wouldn’t be just as magical if not more so than spending it here.
So baring that in mind, I decided to visit the Destination2 website, in hope of finding us a possible new and some what warmer Christmas destination this year. After a few hours of research on the different destinations that Destination 2 had to offer, I came across Dubai. I know, I know your probably thinking ‘How could Dubai possibly be a good place to visit for Christmas’ well below I will list 5 reasons to spend Christmas in Dubai.
Sun And Snow
One of the downfalls of spending Christmas in the UK, is that we rarely ever get Snow. Most Christmas day consists of cloudy sky’s and rain. In Dubai, however from November to January you can expect blissful hot weather and if you want to still have that dose of snow then look no further than Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of snow, a pretty mountain-themed winter setting and also offering one of the best hot chocolates around… it sounds like heaven.
In case you were worried that spending Christmas abroad, would mean trying to explain to your little ones that Santa still knows where to go to deliver their presents. Well problem solved, as even in Dubai they can still visit get to visit Santa himself, every year a beautiful grotto is created at Wafi Mall. The grotto is huge and far more spectacular than most UK grotto’s over here, due to the awesomeness of the Wafi Mall Grotto there can be a wait most days, but it is worth it.
You can’t visit Dubai at Christmas, without heading to one of the fantastic Christmas markets they have to offer. One of the most popular Christmas Markets to visit in Dubai is the The Souk Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah. The Souk Festive Market, looks like a winter wonderland and provides fun for all the family, theirs live music, rides and even a North Pole-themed train ride for the little ones. All to help people get into the Christmas Spirit.
Luxury Hotels and Restaurants
Christmas is always pretty stressful in our house, the day consists of me mostly being in the kitchen cooking for what feels like about 1,000 odd people. Thanks to the luxury restaurants and hotels on offer in Dubai, I could spend the morning in a luxury hotel spa enjoying a treatment, before getting ready and heading to the hotel restaurant for Gourmet food and a glass of wine of course. If your worried that staying in a hotel may effect that homely Christmas feel, you needn’t be, the hotels and restaurants in Dubai go all out in making sure there guests still experience that festive feel.
I have to admit I have always been envious of the stunning white beaches that Dubai has to offer. Who says that Christmas day can’t be spent at the beach and who says that just because their isn’t any snow you can’t still build wonderful ‘sandmen’ aka snowmen out of sand. Just add water and WA-LA. Memories you can treasure forever.
Have you ever celebrated Christmas abroad? Would you choose to over staying in the UK if you had the choice ?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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