//by: José Berrocoso//
The ideal destination for a safe and secluded getaway, Dubai deliver an intoxicating mix of one of the most dynamic cityscapes in the world, mile upon mile of glorious golden sand and endless Arabian sunshine.
Dubai have become synonymous with city-breaks and family holidays. With easy access from all corners of the world, no wonder the country has become such a hotspot for travel lovers from all over. What makes 2021 a particularly exciting prospect is the combination of delayed 2020 projects sitting side by side with scheduled opening in the new year, meaning you’ll have more reasons to visit the city. It’s the year of Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai, which will take place from October 2021 to March 2022 after being postponed due to the pandemic, will be a once-in-a-lifetime global celebration, opening up a world of wonder, excitement and hope for millions of visitors from around the world. Through the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ Expo 2020 Dubai provides a platform to encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration across three subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The theme reflects the history of Dubai, historically called Al Wasl, or ‘the connection’ as Dubai has long played an important role in connecting east and west, north and south. Expo 2020 Dubai’s vision is to build on Dubai’s role as a cross-continental gateway and deliver a World Expo that advances the potential of human collaboration, while inspiring visitors to create a positive, long-term impact for people around the world.
Along with Expo 2020 Dubai, another milestone that will happen this 2021 in the city is one of the most anticipated new museum opening, in recent years, the Museum of the Future, which is set to become one of the most recognisable buildings in Dubai, if not the world. The exciting design is complemented by the curated exhibitions inside, dedicated to innovation and science. Designed by Shauk Killa in the shape of a torus, with its roundness representing the Earth and the sky and the emply middle signifying the unkwnon, it’s already one of the world’s most complex buildings.
The Museum of the Future joins the select group of Dubai’s most iconic buildings, including Burj Al Arab or Burj Khalifa, which stands at over 828m and is the world’s tallest building. For a bird’s eye view of the city, visitors can choose to visit the observatory, At the Top, on the 124th and 125th floors, At the Top Sky on the 148th floor, or dine at At.mosphere on the 122nd floor for an unforgettable culinary experience. Or Dubai Frame, one of the city’s most famous attractions for visitors and residents alike. The building’s landmark location in Zabeel Park provides sweeping panoramic views of the city. At 150m tall and 93m wide with a bridge connecting the two towers, Dubai Frame has a unique concept to its structure. Resembling a picture frame, Dubai’s historic district can be seen to the north while the south provides breathtaking vistas of the city’s modern skyline. Step onto the clear 50m-long opaque glass bridge at the Sky-deck. Crafted from liquid crystal with an underlying film triggered by sensors, the floor becomes clear only when a visitor walks over it. Peer at the ground beneath, all while feeling like you’re walking on air.
Boasting some of the world’s finest restaurants, Dubai is a food lovers’ paradise! The city offers a wonderful concoction of flavours from across the globe with something to satisfy every palate. Tantalise your taste buds with delicious street food in Old Dubai or experience fine dining in a host of celebrity-owned restaurants.
One of the Madinat Jumeirah’s most coveted restaurants, folly by Nick & Scott brings award-winning cuisine to the forefront. With stunning views of the Madinat waterways and beyond, the restaurant is a top pick for every occasion from sunset nibbles and lazy lunches with friends to a romantic, starlit dinner. Star chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price opened up folly as their latest venture after their success with Table 9 and Taste Kitchen. The pair learnt from Gordon Ramsay, having worked for him for over 15 years. Assured, European-leaning menus change often: vegetarians are well catered for with the likes of beetroot tuile crisps, filled with homemade ricotta, blackcurrant cordial and pickled beets, while the roasted lobster garners rave reviews
On Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai is the world’s largest Ferris wheel. The 210m tall ride will be able to hold 48 capsules, each accommodating up to 40 people, and give passengers the chance to see the breathtaking Dubai skyline in all its glory, including views of the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah. To give you an idea of the scale of the structure, each spoke holding up the wheel is longer than a football pitch. Just 5 minutes walking distance from there is Cove Beach Dubai, one of the premiere beach clubs and dining venues in the country. The venue boasts a stunning seafront locale that comprises of a restaurant and 3 pools all set to the backdrop of the tranquil Aranbian Sea. With a series of unique offerings, each day and night brings a different combination of soulful tunes, exotic dancing, tantalizing dishes and an array of package options, making it the only beach club to entirely transform every day.
Can immersive dinner really replace a night on the dance floor? The answer is Billionare Dubai. This thrilling nocturnal adventure has made its much-anticipated debut at its new home in Taj Dubai. Offering guests an evening of pure escapism, Billionaire Dubai boldly steers away from the standard dining experiences the city has to offer, by pairing its extraordinary Grand Show with an exquisite culinary experience, enjoyed in the most mesmerizing of settings. In a city that’s always hungry for more, Billionaire is shaking up the hospitality scene with a unique approach that offers everything you need to immerse yourself in an unforgettable night.
Aside from the plethora of modern skyscrapers, gleaming shopping malls and extravagant hotels, Dubai also offers a myriad of fantastic cultural attractions. Explore the colourful souks and bustling bazaars in Old Dubai, uncover the city’s intriguing past in historic Al Fahidi with a walking tour to the Dubai Museum located in the Al Fahidi Fort to learn about Dubai’s transformation from a tiny fishing village to a majestic universal city.
Or discover trendy galleries in the artistic hub of Al Quoz. Once an industrial area in the very centre of Dubai, Alserkal Avenue now comprises around 40 warehouses, converted into galleries, dance studios, artisanal cafés and more. The neighbourhood has nurtured a culture of creativity and is now one of the region’s leading art hubs. Since its humble beginnings as a standalone gallery in 2008, word soon caught on and other galleries moved into the area. Alserkal Avenue soon grew and became a popular parade of gallery exhibits and displays of contemporary artwork, as well as seasonal events and open-air community days.