As a keen skier, I’m all for trying new things – ish. So when guest blogger Jonathan Curtis told me about swapping the slopes for some sun, I was all ears! And here’s how you can do it:
For the ski-set, a holiday taken November through to April usually means heading towards snow-topped mountains for fun on and off the slopes. But for those who enjoy a winter break that combines relaxation, razzamatazz and a little athleticism – the UAE is fast becoming a destination that offers a different kind of winter entertainment.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi have become holiday havens for those seeking out winter sun, sand and sport. In the months of March and April, weather in the region rests around the not-to-shabby 30C mark, which makes it a little more bearable than the heady heights of the summer season. The weather is tolerable for lying on beaches and exploring and there’s even some flora round about to spot. The UAE landscape to the hills and vales of ski destinations; in resort you’ll find mountainous buildings as opposed to natural peaks, but there are also regions of vast desert, high mountains and long coastal stretches, which are perfect for a bit of water skiing.
Just like a ski holiday – the cost of a break in the UAE can be steep, but many tour operators offer breaks on an all-inclusive basis, which can help you keep your budget in check. Of course, one of the attractions of the region is the fantastic range of nightlife and restaurants. If you do want to indulge, you can get an awareness of how much cash you might want to take by comparing the most recent exchange rates online (try Travelex’s rates) and weighing them up against the approximate cost of a dining out in some of the area’s best restaurants (Check out Timeout Dubai for more options). Dubai eateries Zuma and La Petite Maison were named among the top 100 restaurants in the world last year but the region has a great number of exquisite places to eat that can boast great food and fantastic views. So, if you are used to drinking hot chocolate in a chalet atop the mountains you can happily swap it for cocktails in a classy establishment at the top of one of Dubai or Abu Dhabi’s impressive buildings.
Swapping snow for sunshine needn’t mean you give up an activity altogether though. Alongside watersports, the UAE has an impressive golf course and some spectacular in-hotel gyms. There’s even an indoor Ski resort, Ski Dubai, which you can pay a visit to if you are missing the piste.
Written by guest blogger Jonathan Curtis.
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