Just when you thought summer was over, and its carefree days and warm nights were coming to a close, Dubai comes into play. When everywhere else in December the winter season is daunting, Dubai offers tourists an uplifting transition into the cooling temperatures and the waning sunlight.
Whether you are feeling nostalgic, or craving the very last rays of summer, or need a sweet escape from the harsh winter, Dubai is your ultimate December destination. Consider it as an end of summer vacation, a sort of extension of the season of sun, if you will. If visited the right way – and by right, I mean all the below – this Middle Eastern city will undoubtedly help you beat the end of summer blues and come back more charged than ever and ready for the winter season.
How to visit Dubai “the right way”:
Where to stay:
In a city brimming with luxury hotels, the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach stands out. This luxurious 5-star beachside resort is a traveler’s playground, with views reaching Dubai's iconic cityscape, the Burj Khalifa and the waters of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel also accommodates some of Dubai’s most renowned and delicious restaurants such as the likes of Nusret – also notoriously known as the restaurant of “Salt Bae” – Coya, and Scalini, alongside other glamorous oceanfront diners and bars to suit all tastes and styles. The hotel furthermore has one of the city’s most lavish spas for you to pamper yourself, and three swimming pools to make sure your eyes never tire from the same view.
Where to dine:
In the city of opulence and over-the-top, you can rest assured that there is absolutely no shortage of lavish, but most importantly, delectable restaurants. Eating out is actually one of the real pleasures of visiting the gleaming Middle Eastern city of Dubai. Aside from the restaurants that the impressive Four Seasons accommodates, here are other mouthwatering suggestions for dining:
When it comes to Japanese cuisine, there is no debate: the winning duo is Zuma and Okku.
However, if you are feeling more “escargots” or “Niçoise”, La Petite Maison, also commonly known as LPM, is the most coveted French restaurant in Dubai.
In DIFC, there are other very sought-after restaurants such as the likes of Cipriani and Roberto’s.
Some are more decadent than others, but they all share a few essential traits: exquisite dishes, an unforgettable culinary experience, and they all are definitely worth the splurge.
What to do:
Although located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must-see architectural landmark and masterpiece. With striking white and gold colors that shine in the sun, this beautiful and enchanting architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s biggest and most striking chandeliers. Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. It’s a real sight for sore eyes, to say the very least.
Again, it might not be in Dubai, but what’s a 90 minutes’ drive when it gets you to the Louvre? Need I say more?
What to pack:
These garments will take you a long way during your stay in Dubai, and prove to be more versatile and fashionable than you can imagine.
This eye-catching silky Kalmar Sultana Kaftan is bound to get your attention – and others’ for that matter – and is absolutely perfect to take you directly from the poolside into the evening. This is the perfect statement cover up for an expressive look.
Ideal for a pool day, or maybe three if you are staying at the Four Seasons.
The striking Nour Dress offers a bohemian silhouette through refined detailing and a beautiful cut. Cast in patterned silk, this green striped holiday staple is perfect for elegant al fresco dining. Wrap the attached draped scarf loosely around your neck and style as you see fit.
Did anyone say Zuma?
Make the Lola Dress your go-to wardrobe item this season. Fantastic for the coast and the city, this piece made from soft and luxurious silk can be dressed up or down for an eye-catching ultra-feminine look.
Louvre, here I come!
Made to be worn day to night, the refined Jade Tunic Dress in black and white is made from silk fabric and is a classic choice for your summer wardrobe.
Fancy a drink at the poolside bar? Or perhaps an oceanfront dinner if you are detoxing? Either ways, this is what you want to be wearing for any of these occasions.
The Lolita asymmetric ruffled skirt is a stunning and eye-catching piece featuring a black and white pop print, a tiered and ruffled design and an asymmetric midi hem. This silk skirt can be paired with a one-piece swimsuit or dressed up for the evening with a pair of heels.
Versatility is this skirt’s middle name; fashionable is its last.
Follow these tips, and thank me later.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach: 2 Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Zuma: Gate Village 06, Podium Level, Al Sa'ada St, DIFC - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Okku: The H Hotel Dubai, 1st Floor, One Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
La Petite Maison: Gate Village No, 8, Dubai International Financial Center - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Cipriani: Gate Village Number 10, towards DIFC Parking, DIFC - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Roberto’s: Building 1, Gate Village, DIF towards DIFC Parking - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Coya: Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Nusret: Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Scalini: Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Sheikh Zayed Mosque: Shk. Rashid Bin Saeed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Louvre Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat Cultural District - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Etoile La Boutique: Mall of Emirates - United Arab Emirates