Escape to the UAE: Winter Sun Special

By Christina Tsangaris

When it comes to chasing sunsets across the Arabian desert, the UAE offers an ample amount of luxury, perfect for those seeking a dose of winter sun. Whether it's jetting across the Dubai skyline, or seeking an authentic Emirate experience in Abu Dhabi, there's nothing this yachting region doesn't have to offer.

Mesmerising Architecture at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most significant architectural landmarks of the capital, offers an otherworldly escape into the region's rich and opulent beauty. While face masks are required for travellers in public areas, visitors can still expect to indulge in the architectural splendour of the mosque where white and gold come together in a dazzling orchestra of awe-inspiring beauty. 

Exclusive Luxury at The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure, located next to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Boasting over 1,200 retail stores, two major department stores and hundreds of  tantalising eateries, The Dubai Mall covers more than 1 million sqm – an area equivalent to 200 football pitches. A must-see for visitors, it offers an expansive array of luxury brands, making it a shopping district like no other. 

Kayak in a Whole New World at the Mangroves National Park
Just outside Abu Dhabi's glamorous city centre, the sprawling Mangrove National Park is a jewel in the UAE's crown. An ideal place for families, bird watchers and international travellers looking for a quiet respite away from the city,  it offers the ultimate escape into tranquility. Constitutingn roughtly 75 per cent of the total mangrove forest area in the UAE, it is a biodiversity hotspot that includes mangrove forests, salt marshes, mudflats, and algal communities. 

Ride Dunes in an Ancient Desert at Rub’ al Khali
The magical Rub’ al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter, offers serene golden sands as visible as the eye can see.  Couples or families seeking a dose of adventure or a bespoke experience can experience everything from dawn desert walks to camel trekking, dune bashing to falconry as well as romantic campfire barbecues under starlit skies.

Skydive above the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai
An experience of a lifetime known to Dubai is its skydiving.  From a breathtaking free-fall and parachute experience you can opt to fly over the iconic Palm Jumeirah, or instead, over the Arabian desert . Both skydive locations in Dubai are world-renowned, with the best qualified instructors to gently guide you back on to the ground. So whether you're an adrenaline junkie or seeking to see the city in a whole new way, this experience is a must. 

By Christina Tsangaris