What's hot: COOL WINTERS

Experience a bone-chillingly exciting winter in the city

By Nisthula Nagarajan

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2020, 6:16 PM


Make the most of the exquisite weather spending time outdoors. Dine on the patio or balcony of restaurants as often as possible, swim in the Gulf at the countless beaches the city has to offer, stroll down the Dubai Creek Harbour and The Walk at the JBR, hike a trail in the incredible mountain ranges, cycle across the city, host a barbecue in the desert and immerse yourself in the modern art around Dubai Design District. Soak in as much of the Dubai winter happenings as you can.


Skiing in the middle of the desert should be on every visitors' Dubai bucket list. Especially during the festive season when the indoor snow park, Ski Dubai, is transformed into a winter wonderland. You can meet Santa Claus and the colony of King and Gentoo penguins on-site, roll down a slope in a Zorb ball, ride the lift up one of the five slopes. Moreover, if you're up for it, Ski Dubai even has a dedicated Ski School. P.S.: You can now cosy up in blankets and watch movies in the snow.


Did you know that getting extremely cold can turn back the time? Not literally, but the Cryo spa at Emirates Towers suggests cryotherapy to boost anti-ageing. The spa offers an array of body and facial cryotherapy treatments. Freezing the skin at temperatures as low as -160°C increases the endorphins and adrenaline in the body, which can help with weight loss, reducing cellulite and inflamed muscles recovery.


Don't let your dreams of being a pro figure skater go to waste. Skate away at the Dubai Ice Rink in Dubai Mall, The Galleria Ice Rink at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the Al Nasr Ice Rink. Children can develop skating skills with a little help from a ride-on. Wear a jacket and thick socks and skate it up in hourly sessions with pop music egging you on. If you fall, get back up and try again!


Experience sub-zero temperatures of -6°C while you indulge in a delightful steaming hot drink of your choice. Located at the Times Square Centre, the Chillout Ice Lounge holds some stunning architecture and ice sculptures. The café also provides the necessary warm clothing gear needed to appreciate the freezing cold in comfort.


The UAE has launched a social media contest giving participants a chance to win cash prizes worth Dh25,000 every week and two grand prizes worth Dh50,000. How to enter? Residents can put on their creative caps and share stunning images and sensational videos (no longer than one minute) of their outdoor experiences across the country on social media using the #WorldsCoolestWinterChallenge hashtag. Winners are picked every week and the contest runs until January 25, 2021.

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