Dubai is a popular travel destination for many reasons. Luxury hotels, beautiful desert, interesting culture, amazing restaurants, blue skies, and sunshine to mention a few, have made it an appealing choice for travellers looking for a getaway that offers a mix of relaxation and new experiences.
At the start of last year, we shared our things to do in Dubai in 2020 ideas. Since quite a lot has changed as a result of the pandemic, we have updated our recommendations taking into account the safety of experiences under the current circumstances of the world and the new norm of social distancing. To create this new list, we did a lot of research to make sure that all our recommendations of things to do in Dubai are safe. Luckily for us, what we discovered was that outdoor experiences seem to be classified as the safest options. We love outdoor experiences so putting this list of top 10 safe things to Dubai in Dubai was quite easy.
Recently we came across an article from the Wall Street journal where experts stated ‘We should not be thinking of a lockdown, but of ways to increase physical distance, this, for example, can include allowing outside activities. Being outside is generally safer, experts say, because viral particles dilute more quickly. Fleeting encounters with people outdoors are unlikely to spread the coronavirus.’ The unique landscape of deserts, oceans, and mountains are what make Dubai a great destination for outdoor experiences – and while people are looking for things to do away from crowds, in exclusive settings outdoors, this is the perfect time to explore some of Dubai’s hidden spots in nature.
Another interesting read is a New York Times article ‘A Japanese study of 100 cases found that the odds of catching the coronavirus are nearly 20 times higher indoors than outdoors. Outdoor gatherings lower risk because wind disperses viral droplets, and sunlight can kill some of the viruses.’
There are other factors that may further lower risk outside. Simulated summer sunlight kills 90% of the coronavirus particles in aerosols within six minutes, according to an Elemental article. The unique landscape of deserts, oceans and mountains are what make Dubai a great destination for outdoor experiences – and while people are looking for things to do away from crowds, in exclusive settings outdoors, this is the perfect time to explore some of Dubai’s hidden spots in nature.
Here’s our list of Top 10 Things to do in Dubai in 2021:
1. A Night Desert Safari & Astronomy
Always top of our to-do list in Dubai, a desert safari is both fun and educational experience and even more so during these times while people should avoid crowded places. Platinum Heritage offers a range of eco-friendly desert safaris in Dubai. Their experiences consist of smaller gatherings where you can choose to explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a vintage Land Rover, experience a glimpse of Bedouin culture, or even embark on a Night Desert Safari with a fascinating astronomy session, just to name a few. The outdoor nature of all these experiences and the strict protocols they follow makes them very COVID friendly and for extra peace of mind, there is the option to book a completely private experience.
2. Hot Air Balloon ride:
Another way to experience the desert is by flying over it at 4,000ft in one of the world’s largest hot air balloons. This extraordinary activity is an unforgettable experience no matter where in the world you experience it, but flying over the pristine dunes of the Dubai desert is truly unique. Balloon Adventures Dubai has taken an extra step in its safety measures with sanitation and installation of transparent screen protectors for extra safety. It’s much more than a hot air balloon ride as you also experience a drive in a vintage Land Rover to a Bedouin camp. Here you get to enjoy breakfast in the authentic setting in the desert.
3. Al Qudra Cycling track:
If you would like to escape the city for a couple of hours and test your fitness with a cycle along a perfect 80km long cycling path. The path runs along Al Qudra road leading into the desert where you will be surrounded by sand dunes on both sides and may even get the chance to spot some wildlife. Trek Bikes offer bike rentals and are in line with COVID-19 guidelines. Cycling is a relatively safe activity while you explore some of the Dubai desert.
4. Dine in the desert:
What could be more romantic than social distanced dining in a private cabana in the middle of a Royal desert retreat? Platinum Heritage offers the unique opportunity to enjoy a remote dining experience in the desert, outdoors under the stars with their Platinum Desert Safari. The experience also includes a wildlife drive in Range Rovers through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, sunset falcon show, six-course fine dining, and an impressive fire show called Flaming Sands of Arabia.
5. HERO OdySea Boat tour:
Once you have explored the desert, it’s time to experience Dubai’s iconic coastline. There are many ways to do this, but we love HERO OdySea Boat Tours. They give people the chance to become a captain for the day and drive their very own boat. The HERO boats are fun, fast, and also safe, reaching speeds up to 50km/h. HERO Captains get to stop along the way for fantastic photo opportunities of some of Dubai’s famous landmarks like Burj Al Arab and Atlantis. As they are limited to two people per boat and with the ocean to explore, they are a great way to have fun and explore Dubai while social distancing.
6. Explore Dubai’s beautiful beaches:
A beach day is a must when visiting Dubai, this beautiful city has a vast number of beaches stretching all across the Arabian coastline and is all opened up again following the pandemic. Lots of Dubai’s beaches are attached to hotels which come with an expensive entry fee, as beautiful as they are our top pick would have to be Kite beach. Kite beach is one of the most vibrant beaches in Dubai, with plenty of water activities like paddleboarding and kayaking, dedicated swimming areas, and an array of delicious restaurants and food trucks to satisfy your appetite. The best part is that this beach is open to the public and it’s free. There is the option to rent loungers and umbrellas for comfort and shade and If you are feeling fit there is a 14km track stretching across several beaches.
7. Explore the mountain town of Hatta:
Hatta is a unique and lesser-known part of Dubai where tourists seldom visit. It consists of a huge lake formed by Hatta Dam and is surrounded by mountains. Hatta offers relaxation because of its culture and natural surroundings. For the more adventurous type, there is a range of activities to keep everyone entertained like mountain biking, horse riding, and kayaking. We have heard that there are Overland Safaris coming soon which take adventurous travellers on a combination of Mountain and Desert Safaris in Land Rover Defenders.
8. Enjoy a day out at Al Seef:
A must-see is the beautiful waterfront promenade Al Seef. Immerse yourself in local culture at Dubai’s historic creek, spot traditional dhows, and old-world architecture, sample flavours from around the world, and shop at a place that exudes heritage and modernity.
9. Aventura nature adventure park:
Explore the outdoors, with thrilling activities off the ground and between the trees, a beautiful place where fun meets fitness and thrill meets nature. An adventure park for all ages, you can try tree surfing, zip-lining, rope climbing, and dine at the beautiful Aventura café and they even offer night adventures. Being outdoors and in nature allows for social distancing and they follow safety guidelines including temperature checks, sanitising and guests must wear masks at all times.
10. Ski Dubai:
Bringing the great outdoors indoors, Ski Dubai is an attraction like no other: an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. Whether you’re a skiing pro or an absolute beginner there is something for everyone. The attraction is in compliance with the UAE Government’s regulations and the health and wellbeing of employees and customers are most important making this a fun and safe activity
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