Author: Pranitaa Purohit
2020 was a year of challenges worldwide. Several countries went into lockdown due to the spread of Covid-19. Most of our routines were disrupted, and we were struck in homes for several months. Although the pandemic is nowhere near over, people are slowly contemplating vacation holidays and the good news is that Dubai is one of the first cities that opened its doors to tourists.
You can visit Dubai or anywhere in UAE if you have a negative Covid-19 test report, taken at least 72 hours before your date of departure. This is mandatory for people of all nationalities. If you are ready to take the test and follow the instructions provided by the UAE Government, you can have a wonderful break while exploring the city of Dubai.
Here are 10 best places that you can visit in Dubai in 2021:
1. Desert Safari
People who have visited Dubai swear by the desert safari as it is simply one of the best things to do when in the city. Set up somewhere in the desert, the desert safari usually happens in the evening, although it is possible to opt for morning and overnight desert safaris as well.
During the safari, you will get to enjoy several adventurous and entertainment activities like camel riding, dune bashing, quad biking, sandboarding and much more . You also get to enjoy the beauty of the desert and a glorious sunset amongst the sand dunes. Performances in the form of Tanoura dancing and belly dancing would entertain you. Not to forget the delicious dinner.
2. Dubai Parks & Resorts
Dubai is home to many of the best theme parks in the world but nothing beats the splendor and enormity of Dubai Parks & Resorts. The place has three amazing theme parks and one splendid water park. You can choose to visit Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai or Legoland Waterpark. You must dedicate at least one full day for one park and visiting each one of them during your holiday would definitely be worth it.
The place also has a dining and retail destination, Riverland, where you would have four zones: Boardwalk, India Gate, The French Village and The Peninsula. Dubai Parks & Resorts also has three luxury hotels, Lapita Hotel, Legoland Hotel and Rove at the Park.
3. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa needs no introduction. Known as the tallest building in the world, it stands at the height of 828 meters. The building has captured the imagination of the world right from the time of its announcement. Today, 7 years after its construction, the Burj Khalifa is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai. The building has a hotel, several restaurants, a
residential complex, gym, spa and corporate offices. There are also two observation decks, one on the 124 th and 125 th floors and the other on the 148 th floor. A visit to either of the two decks gives you an uninterrupted, 360 degree view of the entire city.
You also get to ride on the fastest elevators on earth, while going up and down the building.
4. Dubai Mall
Although Dubai is no stranger to shopping malls, the Dubai Mall has a special place. Located in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. However, the mall is much more than just a shopping mall. While there are more than 1200 stores for retail therapy here, the Dubai Mall offers a lot more like Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, VR Park Dubai, Dubai Ice Rink, Hysteria, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Dino, Trampo Extreme, etc.
There are also numerous dining options, and you can choose amongst a variety of cuisines, including American, British, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Italian, Indian, French, and much more.
5. Dubai Souks
While the malls of Dubai are exciting and glamorous, you will find a different charm in the souks of Dubai which are traditional shopping centres of this city. The most popular souk is the Dubai Gold Souk, located at the Deira side of Dubai Creek. Here, you would find more than 300 stores selling jewellery made of gold, silver and other precious stones. Next to the gold souk is the Spice Souk, where you would be enchanted with the sights and smells of spices, herbs, fruits, etc. Not far from the Spice Souk is the Perfume Souk, where you can buy the traditional fragrances of oud and attar as well as the modern, branded perfumes.
There is also Textile Souk, where you can buy different types of fabrics and get them stitched as well. Apart from these, there are Souk Madinat and Souk Al Bahar, which are the modern taken on the traditional souks.
6. Dubai Frame
The Dubai Frame is the largest picture frame in the world. The connecting bridge on the top serves as an observation deck (Sky Deck), which gives you a view of the entire city. However, what makes Dubai Frame unique from other observation decks is that you can see the old city on one side and the modern Dubai on the other. The Sky Deck also has a 50-meter long glass panel, which gives you the feeling of walking on air. However, the Dubai Frame is not just an observation deck. It has two interesting, interactive museums- one tells you the history of Dubai and the other gives you a peek into its future.
7. Children’s City
If you are visiting Dubai with your children, you would be on the lookout for places and activities to entertain them. While Dubai has plenty of attractions that cater to kids, Children’s City is one place that educated and entertains at the same time. Located at Dubai Creek Park, Children’s City is home to several interesting activities where kids get to learn several new things along with practical experience. The place has different zones, including global exhibition, planetarium, nature centre, earth-science gallery and technology gallery.
While older kids get to learn lot of interesting stuff, kids under the age of 6 years can have a fun time at the toddler’s area. The place also hosts entertainment programs and workshops for kids, from time to time.
8. Dubai Miracle Garden
Spread around 72,000 square meters, the Dubai Miracle Garden is located in Dubailand. Like most things in Dubai, the Dubai Miracle Garden has all the elements to awe its guests. Known as the largest natural flower garden in the world, the Dubai Miracle Garden is home to more than 150 million flowers. While the variety of flowers in the garden would surprise you, it is the arrangement of the flowers that make this garden truly spellbinding. The Hearts Passage, the floral Emirates A380, the floral clock, the Disney Avenue, the Floral Castle, the big floral teddy bear, etc. are some of the major attractions of the place. It is a delight to walk around the garden
checking out the beautiful creations.
There is also a Butterfly Garden, which is home to 50 different species of butterflies.
9. Bastakiya Quarter
Also known as Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, the Bastakiya Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in Dubai. It was built during the 1890s when Dubai was a fishing village that thrived on pearl diving. Built by Persian Merchants, the Bastakiya Quarters is popular for its Iranian-influenced design and architecture. A walk through the narrow lanes of the Bastakiya Quarter would give you the chance to admire the wind towers, the masonry and lattices, and the intricately carved doors.
Many of the buildings in the Bastakiya Quarter have been converted into museums, art galleries and cafes.
10. Ski Dubai
An indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai is located inside the Mall of Emirates. Sprawled around 22,500 square meters, the highlight of Ski Dubai is the 85-meter high indoor mountain, which has 5 levels of steepness and difficulty. These slopes are perfect for snowboarding and skiing for both beginners and experts. It also has a Snow Park, where you can enjoy sledding, climbing towers and tobogganing. You can make a snowman, explore an ice cave and also enjoy snow fighting.
Snow Bullet riding and ziplining are other highlights of the place. Ski Dubai also offers you the chance to meet penguins. The place also has a cafe, where you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while viewing the snow-white expanse of Ski Dubai.
Apart from these attractions, Dubai is also gearing up to open several new attractions in 2021. Moreover, while sightseeing in Dubai is fun, you would also get to be a part of several amazing celebrations and events if you plan your visit accordingly.
Author Bio: Pranitaa is passionate about traveling and photography. She is always curious about new culture, history and traditions. She loves meeting new people while travelling.