21 reasons to visit Dubai in 2021
The year 2020 has changed the way we traveled in the past.
As international travel opens up slowly, Dubai has been known as a safe destination to visit. This is because this amazing city has put the well-being and safety of travelers on top property through clear Dubai-bound safety measures, revised airport procedures as well as strict SOPs at hotels and waterparks.
On the other hand, Dubai is also working hard to make sure that travelers have a lot of things to do-from stellar outdoor or nightlife activities to Michelin-starred food and top notch art, in addition to some serious adrenaline-pumping attractions. If you wonder what you can do in Dubai, here are 21 reasons to visit this incredible city in 2021…
Dubai Shopping Festival
Offering over 6 weeks of family entertainment, Dubai Shopping Festival is supposed to come back for its 26th edition from 17 December 2020 to 30 January 2021. The festival also offers unique markets, live concerts, stage shows, art installations as well as super sales, chances to win life-changing prizes and unmissable promotions throughout the city. If you are interested in exciting events, and are crazy about retail therapy, Dubai Shopping Festival can be a fantastic start to the year 2021.
Gastronomy – Dubai Food Festival
Dubai is one of the best cosmopolitan destinations where you can enjoy sample dishes from across the world. New restaurants opening up include Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s first restaurant in the region, Brasserie Boulud, Taiko Dubai, offering contemporary Far Eastern cuisine, and Burj Al Arab’s SAL which will offer up Iberian-inspired dishes. Dubai Food Festival is absolutely a worthy place to visit for foodies on February 2021!
Art Dubai is one of the best international art fair that brings together a variety of communities from around the world. Art Dubai includes a selection of galleries as well as art and social activations on the beach, the Creek, and outdoor settings across the city. The timings and the fair layout will be adapted with necessary health and safety rules in place.
Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the globe; it is actually a time for increased devotion. Islamic culture, time honoured traditions and hospitality are at their peak during Ramadan making it a truly unique time to visit Dubai.
At this time of the year, the city experiences a spirit of calm and introspection. However, the city comes to life with a lot of cultural and shopping events that take place throughout the month. If you are going to travel to Dubai during Ramadan, experiencing Iftar (the evening meal with which Muslims finish their fast) is also a must!
Expo 2020 Dubai will be a unique opportunity to find yourself at a global celebration that will open up a world of excitement, wonder, and hope for millions of visitors from around the globe. Taking place for six months, it will offer something for everyone, regardless of interest, age, or nationality.
As Dubai has long played an important role in bridging east to west, and north to south, Expo 2020 Dubai’s vision is to deliver a World Expo that advances the potential of human collaboration, and create Dubai’s role as a cross-continental gateway, while inspiring visitors to create a positive, long-term impact for people around the world.
Expo 2020 Dubai will offer the best in technology, entertainment, cuisine and culture, from every corner of the world, for an unforgettable six months. It will take place from October 2021 to March 2022.
Museum of the Future
Being one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Museum of the Future is the best place to explore the future of technology, science, and innovation. It is one of the most complex buildings in the world in the shape of a torus, with the round shape representing the earth and the sky, while the empty space in the center is to represent the unknown.
Ain Dubai – Opening date TBC, 2021
Positioned on Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai is another record-breaking iconic item in this incredible city. The giant ferris wheel is 210m high making it the highest of its kind in the world. It also offers 360 degree views of the Dubai skyline including Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, and Burj Khalifa. Once completed, Ain Dubai will feature 48 capsules, each holding 30 passengers.
The Pointe is the iconic waterfront dining and entertainment destination in Palm Jumeirah. It will house the largest dancing fountain in the world. The super shooter of fountain will stand tall at 105 meters and create beautiful scenes with over 3,000 multi-colored LED lights. The Palm Fountain will have 20 bespoke shows running every day between sunset to midnight while playing a variety of Arabic, classical and international songs.
Palm West Beach – opened October 2020
Palm West Beach is another fun destination being a new addition of the shores of Palm Jumeirah. It is a walkable waterfront destination offering 1.6 km of promenade and beachfront. Visitors can enjoy round the clock fun on lazy beachfront breakfasts, morning runs, water sports including VR diving, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, sea bikes and catamarans, electric hydrofoil surfing, and premium hotels.
Dubai is reputable for its sumptuous and diverse cuisine with brunches being the most popular of them. In fact, a visit to Dubai will not be completed without brunches. Brunch on Fridays is one of the most popular things to do in Dubai where families and friends get together, and enjoy good food as well as conversation. Brunch includes three-to four-hour dining sessions that cater to every dietary requirement, food preference, palate and budget. Some great options include Bombay Brasserie for classic and contemporary Indian dining, Asia Asia at Pier 7 for pan-Asian fusion cuisine, Enigma for a taste of Persia, COYA for Peruvian, and Zuma for contemporary Japanese.
Food is absolutely the best way to understand the culture of every country. In Dubai, foodies can start the day with an Emirati breakfast at Logma at Dubai Mall or Arabian Tea House in the Al Hahidi Historical District. Then, try authentic Emirati dishes including ouzi (a roast lamb or mutton served on a bed of rice) or Machboos (a chicken and rice-based dish along with loomy, a dried lemon that lends a uniquely tangy flavor) at local restaurants such as Al Fanar Restaurant and Café.
Dubai boasts a dynamic golf scene making it one of the best places for golf lovers. This amazing city offers a large number of courses and high-profile professional golf tournaments. So, if you are golf enthusiast, Dubai can be a perfect place for you, especially in winter. Some of the top picks include Emirates Golf Club, the host of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club that houses a par-71 course, and JA The Resort’s par-35 course designed by Peter Harradine.
A 90-minute road trip from Dubai lies the exclave of Hatta, at the heart of the majestic Hajar Mountains. It is a perfect destination for adventure seekers, photographers, or those just looking to get away from it all. It is a place where you can enjoy the stunning mountains, wadis and farms with a range of diverse leisure experiences including a perfect lookout amidst craggy peaks perfect for kayaking, the Hatta Dam, hiking, or simply to take in breathtaking vistas.
A performance of Dubai Opera can be the best way to create a beautiful night out. It is in fact an architectural masterpiece and home to a large number of performances and events such as ballet, opera, theater, conferences and concerts. La Perle is a one-of-a-kind live show that is inspired by the spirit of Dubai. The show uses modern technology and is home to an aqua-stage complete with a 12-metre-deep pool filled with 2.7 million litres of water in which 65 world-class performers from 23 countries perform awe-inspiring and extraordinary stunts, ranging from flying and diving to acrobatics and contortion.
Dubai is also an incredible wellness destination to relax, nourish the body and also de-stress mind. When it comes to world-class spas in beautiful setting, Dubai is a shining model where the visitors will spoilt for choice. The JW Marriott Marquis’ Saray Spa blends locally sourced natural ingredients in the ‘Arabian Body Rituals’ treatment with ancient healing techniques to give the visitors a unique experience. It’s interesting to note that the treatment uses healing salts of the Dead Sea, exotic perfumes of Rose and Jasmine as well as Frankincense. For those looking to switch up their savasana, there are a number of resorts where they can try refreshing yoga sessions on the beach, under the open skies, with the sound of waves in the background.
A trip to this amazing city is not complete without a visit to the desert. From desert safaris featuring dune bashing and sandboarding to hot air balloon rides as the sun rises, or stargazing far away from the city lights, there are different types of desert adventures that you can enjoy.
If you are looking for unforgettable unique experiences in Dubai, there are a variety of heart-racing adrenaline-spiking adventures awaiting for you. You have the chance to see the city from 4,000 metres high soaring through the sky with the world’s longest urban zipline or Skydive Dubai. Or for those who want to be in control of their own speed, HERO OdySea boat tours are great options. It is one of the best activities for social distancing whilst taking in Dubai’s unique scenery from the water.
Dubai houses more than 700 hotels making it a great choice for all tastes and budgets. With a large number of new properties opening this year and in 2021, travelers will have even more options to choose from. The Address Sky View is situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai and boasts panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline including Burj Khalifa. Besides, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk uniquely combines ancient Egyptian heritage, modern French style, and the essence and culture of the UAE. Also, Legoland Hotel is one of the best options that is sure to please little ones. On Palm Jumeirah, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences will introduce a new resort and 17 new restaurants that is truly amazing!
Theme parks and water parks
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a must-see place giving the visitors a thrilling experience. It offers one waterpark as well as 3 theme parks. Featuring over 100 enjoyable indoor and outdoor attractions at Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Water Park, this entertainment paradise will keep young hearts enthralled.
Being Dubai’s most iconic building and the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa is the best place to experience a bird’s eye view of the city. There are also a large number of things to do inside and out of this incredible tower including shopping in Dubai Mall being the largest mall in the world.
Dubai offers plenty of attractions for all ages, a geographically central location as well as family-friendly hotels that make it an ideal destination for the family. Apart from waterparks and theme parks, children will love Aventura Park in Dubai. It is a one-of-a-kind rope treetop adventure destination in which kids can try out horizontal and vertical climbing walls, ziplines, and a rope course challenge. Also, children can go to Ski Dubai to learn ski and also enjoy it!
According to the above, if you are planning for your trip in 2021, Dubai is absolutely a perfect choice that you should consider!