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Five reasons to book a Dubai holiday this year

Wed, October 7, 2020

With the world reopening, Dubai is a great choice for a sunny winter holiday. Here are five reasons why the city should be at the top of your vacation list.

With the world reopening, Dubai is a great choice for a sunny winter holiday. Here are five reasons why the city should be at the top of your vacation list.


Dubai is one of the world's safest destinations

Dubai has gone to great lengths to make the city one of the safest destinations in the world for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Health is the number one priority and a several measures have been put in place to keep attractions sanitary and safe for all visitors. This has earned Dubai the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council – one of the first destinations to receive this certification.

With winter officially underway, Dubai’s activities are moving outdoors too. Think incredible al fresco meals with the family and sunshine-fuelled trips to the beaches, waterparks and theme parks. Being out in the fresh air is one of the best ways to stay Covid-safe, making Dubai a great holiday option for everyone.


There's fresh new openings to discover

The pandemic may have slowed things down a bit over summer, but along with attractions and hospitality venues reopening, there are plenty of new launches to get excited about. Families will love the wildlife sanctuary Dubai Safari Park, complete with safari drives and animal feeding experiences. There's also the new Al Khawaneej Walk packed with restaurants and leisure attractions, and The Palm Fountain at The Pointe that puts on a water and light show like no other.

For a livelier experience, sample a mix of games, food and fun activities over two floors at Brass Monkey, a fabulous new venue on Bluewaters Island. Alternatively, Top Golf will open at Emirates Golf Club soon for a fun spin on the sport. It's easy to score and you don't need prior golfing experience, as players simply take aim and swing microchipped balls towards a giant dartboard on the field.

On the hotel front, The Manor by JA has been making a buzz thanks to its eco-friendly ethos. The highly-anticipated Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk hotel will open its doors soon, along with Brasserie Boulud by acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud – just the latest celebrity chef restaurant in Dubai. Also coming up is the new Atlantis, The Royal Resort that will house Dinner By Heston Blumenthal from the inventive genius behind The Fat Duck. 

And further ahead, 2021 will see the return of much-anticipated events such as the Dubai Shopping Festival and Art Dubai. 


It's great for action and adventure

If you’ve been stuck indoors for much of the year so far, a holiday to Dubai is a great chance to experience some excitement again. Dubai excels at thrilling experiences – especially outdoor ones. For a start, winter brings the re-opening of the hilly adventure destination Hatta. Try your hand at go-karting in the mountains of Hatta, horse riding under the moonlight, cycling in the desert, or gear up for combat at gaming hotspot Battle Park at Last Exit

If that’s not enough, Dubai also boasts some truly hair-raising experiences – literally, in the case of Skydive Dubai. If jumping out of a plane isn’t for you, have a look at the city's many theme parks. From the all-ages fun of Legoland and its attached waterpark, to the Hollywood-focused thrills of Motiongate, and the glamour of Bollywood Parks, the city’s amusement parks can keep families occupied for days.

And for watersports fans, the city offers everything from dive trips, fishing, jet-skiing and parasailing, to serene boat cruises and floating inflatable obstacle courses.

Best of all, all these activities are within easy reach of anywhere in the city, so you can pick and choose what takes your fancy.


The Dubai desert is calling

One experience no visitor to Dubai should miss out on is a trip to the desert. The perfect way to truly get away from everything, the desertscapes are majestic, awe-inspiring and full of life.

A safari is the ideal introduction to Dubai’s dunes. There are plenty of providers, but start with Platinum Heritage's award-winning options for an array of activities. At a minimum, your safari will include an exciting ride through the soft desert sand, followed by fun activities such as sandboarding and camel rides, and a wonderful meal.

But a trip to the desert can be so much more than that. To make it truly special, consider an overnight safari with a stay at an oasis tucked away in a protected nature reserve. Or take the opportunity to go stargazing under the clear desert skies and wildlife-spotting to see Dubai’s native fauna.


Experience the best of multiculturalism

One of the very best things about Dubai is its multicultural makeup. It has long been a crossroads of civilisations, a point where people from around the world came to trade. This makes a holiday to the city a fantastic way to experience many different cultures – from food and entertainment to art and tradition.
At a time when it’s easy to feel isolated, this side of the city is a wonderful reminder of the joy of connection. And with so many nationalities calling Dubai home, it also means there’s something for everyone here. Whether it’s a particular type of cuisine, a certain interest, or that one activity you just have to do – even if it’s playing with penguins – Dubai probably has it covered.

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