How many of us already missing sitting in an airplane? Me! While travel does not seem to be on the cards at the moment, there are a number of alternatives you can look at when you think of things to do in Dubai. I have compiled the best places to visit in Dubai during Coronavirus which will ensure you are safe and also, not breaking any laws.
First, it is important to keep in mind that when going out you must exercise caution and follow common rules like wearing face masks.
For more information about Coronavirus restrictions in Dubai, click here.
Best Places to Visit in Dubai during Coronavirus:
Visit Dubai beaches this season:
The beaches in Dubai like Jumeirah Beach Residence, Mamzar, Umm Suqeim, and Jumeirah have opened. With cooler evenings, this might be the perfect destination for families to head to during the summer. Pack a small picnic and spend some time playing with the waters
Eat at some of the best Dubai restaurants
Maybe I’m spoilt, but Dubai has so many cuisines available so I haven’t been able to stay away from restaurant food even during the quarantine. I admit having ordered food quite a few times to have time off from cooking and to enjoy a few favorite dishes.
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20 DAYS OF #stayinghome kind of looks like this. I’ve been doing a lot of catching up on movies and series + eating my favorite food 😍 . Other than the fact that I must have obviously gained a few grams (let’s not hope too many!), I’ve tried to keep myself productive by finally launching my second website, learning a fourth language, and trying to cleanse myself spiritually 😇 How has #stayhome been working out for you?
Now that restaurants have finally opened up, and some also allow the little ones, it’s a great opportunity to head for a breakfast or brunch. No buffets any time soon, of course, but here are some of the best breakfast places in Dubai to check out.
Wearing a mask and gloves inside eating areas is not necessary. Please note that calling ahead of time and making reservations might be necessary as some restaurants may have a seating limit
Sweat it out at the gym
If not a restaurant, the quarantine life would make anyone want to head to a gym especially if you’ve been savoring comfort food like me! Gyms have now opened and practicing social distancing by allotting slots to gym-goers so there are only a few people present at one time. Also, alternate equipment is in use and gym members are required to wipe down their equipment after use in most gyms
Al Qudra cycle track has also reopened now so more options to head out for some exercise.
Or, cool off at Ski Dubai
If you don’t fancy working out, the great news is that Ski Dubai and many activities like Dubai Ice Rink have reopened with the guidelines of the government. Reading their page about all FAQs is reassuring
Shop at the malls in Dubai
With the opening of most leisure Dubai activities, malls have also opened up. I’m still shopping online because what’s better than shopping and having clothes delivered all while sitting on a couch? Oh, and you can do this while watching your favorite show.
But, for those who want to be in store and look at clothes in person would be happy to see uncrowded store areas. People of ages are now allowed inside malls so families have begun taking their weekly shopping trips
Another one from the Dubai best places to visit is to head to a hotel! Yes, if you haven’t read my guide on where to stay in Dubai for all budgets, you NEED to read it now.
I haven’t personally stayed at a hotel during this time, but I am planning a date soon! Speaking to a friend who stayed at a hotel property, I was assured that the hotel policy now is to bring meals to the room, practice as little contact as possible, and some hotels also have online check-in check-out!
Temperatures of all staff are checked every day and extreme sanitization methods followed to ensure everything is cleaned thoroughly.
For more staycation places to visit near Dubai, see my in-depth reviews here.
Must do in Dubai – Explore Dubai in 360
If the above doesn’t work and you would still rather wait a few weeks before heading out, explore the top places to visit in Dubai virtually. You can either look up at the top Instagrammable spots in Dubai like Burj Khalifa and Atlantis or put my one day in Dubai guide for a test and complete all attractions in less than an hour! I did that and oh my, I could really feel like I’m walking down the Dubai Mall. I’m sure no one would say this view is not their favorite.
I particularly reminisced visiting Al Fahidi Coffee Museum virtually, it is one of Dubai’s top attractions and should not be missed. Dubai government has also opened the Coins Museum and other heritage spots from the start of June. Check their website or call ahead for timings.
What to do when visiting Dubai main attractions?
- It is mandatory to wear a mask at all times when outside, except while at a restaurant or in the waters at a beach
- When shopping, it is not required to wear gloves but I advise wearing it since you will be touching a lot of items or clothes
- Although sanitizers are placed almost everywhere, it is safe to carry a travel-sized bottle with you at all times
- Malls have a policy of staying inside for a maximum of 3 hours so make sure you plan your trip
- Some top things to do in Dubai still have restrictions for kids and the elderly over 70 years. If you are planning a family trip with these age groups, call in advance to know the rules
Are you currently in Dubai? How are you spending your time in quarantine? Let me know your thoughts here or through Instagram DM where I’m most active 🙂
To keep up to date about the United Arab Emirates, read all my articles here.
Until then, happy traveling! xx
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