Dubai is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It is hard to say when is the off season of this amazing city, simply because it has everything to keep tourist’s influx consistent all-round the year. So, if you have to compare the tourist season in Dubai from too crowded to less crowded, the less crowded can be termed as an off-season, yet it will be a peak season when compared to the traditional definition of an off-season for most tourists’ places in the world.
The off-season of Dubai can be termed from April till October. If you’re planning to visit this astounding tourist destination, you MUST read on.
Why Visit Dubai During Off-Season
Dubai is a desert city, therefore the default season all-round the year is summer. But between April till October, the season is HOT. What do we mean by hot is that the temperatures soar up to 45 degrees. It’s difficult to roam around the city during the day, especially if you’re traveling with family, so you’re are likely to see less crowd, especially at theme parks and other family destinations.
Dubai being a family destination, when the crowd is less, the prices too come down drastically. You’ll see way too many happy hours at the best of the restaurants, discounted rates with breakfast and wi-fi at the hotel accommodations and so much more. Basically, the economy of Dubai heavily relies on tourism and therefore, they never want to have a dull season.
Also, the off-season is the best time to blend with the local community of the city. Less crowd means people will have more time to talk, discuss, and observe; perfect for a traveler. People watching is one of the best answers you’ll get from explorers when asked what to do in Dubai during the off-season.
Things to-do During off Season in Dubai
Visit Ski Dubai
The best theme park that can not only save you from the excruciating heat of the desert city but also give you a thrill of a lifetime is Ski Dubai. The first-ever ski- resort in the entire Middle East, this is no less than a fairy tale. How else will you find a skiing arena, real penguins, and the massive gondola rides in the desert city? It is by far one of the best things to do in Dubai.
Timing- 9.00 am till 9.00 pm
Location- Mall of Emirates
How to Reach- easily accessible through metro line and bus
Dubai Mall & Aquarium
The second biggest mall in the world, Dubai Mall receives a footfall almost equivalent to the city of New York. 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system. The moment you get inside the mall you’ll see a gigantic aquarium, yes, the famous world’s biggest aquarium- the Dubai Aquarium that houses the best of the world aquatic species and stretches up to the mall’s 3rd floor. It is a sight to behold.
Timing- 10.00 am till 12.00 am
Location- Dubai Mall
How to Reach- easily accessible through metro line and bus. A landmark in itself, it is next to Burj Khalifa
Spread over 17 hectares, Aquaventure Waterpark is one of the most famous Dubai attractions in Dubai. A part of the Palm Atlantis hotel, the waterpark has many record-breaking slides and rides that will pump your veins with adrenaline. The slide takes you through many twists and turns as you watch sharks and rays swimming. If you are not an adrenaline junkie just relax and enjoy in the lazy river as it takes you around the waterpark. Don’t worry if you are hungry after all the water splashing, the restaurants here serve delicacies inspired by international cuisines.
Timing- 10.00 am till 6.00 pm
Location- Hotel Atlantis
How to Reach- By taxi and metro at pam Jumeirah.
Evening Trip to the Souks
Dubai, during the day, looks majestic with tall skyscrapers and architectural wonders of all shapes and sizes. But during the night, these man-made wonders come to life with lights glittering all through. Same goes with souks. Dubai’s markets come to life, especially during Ramadan. Festivities, lights, and laughter is a common scene in souqs. These illuminated hubs sell some amazing goodies, food items, spices, gold, clothes, home décor, etc. Ensure you sharp your bargaining skills before you go to these markets.
Timing- 10.00 am till 10.00 pm
How to Reach- 400 yards from Al Ras Metro station
Dubai Dhow Cruise
The most unique way of touring Dubai is by gliding through Dubai creek. Engage in a dreamy dinner in the traditional Arabian boats called as Dhows. View the Dubai skyline from a different angle while the lights shimmer in the water and make for an awe-inspiring scenery. Enjoy a lavish spread of delicious items for dinner while enjoying light music aboard the dhow. Enjoy the luxury of being in a boat like the Sheikh of the Middle East when it is less crowded.
Timing- 7.00 pm till 9.00 pm
Location- Deira Creek
How to Reach- easily accessible through metro line, taxi, and bus
Things to Know Before You Visit Dubai
- Wear decent clothes in Dubai. Remember it is a conservative Arabian city with little or no tolerance for skin show.
- Never click a photograph of a local without consent. It is an offense, punishable by law if reported.
- You need to obtain a license to purchase alcohol, and driving under the influence of alcohol is also a punishable offense.
- Even while going in the off-season, book your hotel in advance. As mentioned earlier, an off-season in Dubai has a whole different meaning.
- While taxis are easily available at every nook and corner of Dubai, the best means of transportation is Metro. It is economical, the fastest, and without a doubt, a state of art driverless network.
Dubai is as enjoyable as it can be no matter which season you go in. But yes, summer seasons can be extremely enjoyable if you’re tight on budget and okay with the desert heat. Overall, Dubai between April till October can save you tons of money while ensuring you see the best of the city with less crowd.