Dubai is a vibrant, bustling city with something to offer whatever time of year. From December to April when temperatures are at their best, it is when many Europeans choose to visit. This period has little rainfall and allows exploring daytime outdoor excursions such as desert safaris and iconic scenery like Burj Khalifa and The Fountain show. From May to October when temperatures soar tourists can take solace in the impressive shopping malls or cool off at one of Dubai's water parks like Al Maya Island, offering slides, swimming pools, and fun activities perfect for unforgettable family vacations. For those seeking culture, there is no shortage in Dubai; some sights of note include the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding which offers guided heritage tours and culinary classes, as well as the Bastakiya Quarter of old Dubai; a slice of history with sandstone houses gracing winding alleys.