Dubai Expo 2020 opened its doors to the public in October 2021 after a year’s delay due to the ongoing pandemic. Running for 6 months (October to March), Expo 2020 has seen the footfall of millions of people from all over the world. With the main theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, the Dubai Expo 2020 has plenty of cool things to see and do. Apart from visiting the pavilions and checking out the permanent exhibits, you can also enjoy music concerts, watch interesting performances, learn new skills, try different cuisines, and do lots more at Expo 2020. However, you do not need to limit your exploration to the Expo itself. You must take this opportunity to see what Dubai has on offer. Here we will talk about the top things to do in Dubai while you are visiting the city to attend Expo 2020.
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As the Dubai Expo 2020 is held during the winter months, it is the best time to pay a visit to the deserts of Dubai. The Dubai desert safari promises an evening full of adventure, fun, and entertainment. Adventure lovers would love the dune bashing, sandboarding, and quad biking sessions here. There is also camel riding for those who want to know how it feels to ride a camel in the desert. Entertaining performances include belly dancing and Tanoura dancing by professionals. Moreover, you also get to devour some of the juiciest kebabs during the BBQ dinner. Other than evening desert safari, you can also opt for morning desert safari and overnight desert safari.
IMG Worlds Dubai
The largest indoor theme park in the world, the IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of the best places to visit in the UAE with your family. There are plenty of rides and attractions that cater to both adults and kids. The park has 5 zones: Marvel, Lost Valley, Cartoon Network, Novo Cinemas, and IMG Boulevard. At each zone, you would not only see interesting rollercoasters, rides, and other attractions but also retail stores and restaurants as per the theme of the place. You must also check out the Haunted House at the IMG Boulevard if you like to get spooked. Apart from all this, you would also get the chance to watch a 4D movie at the Novo Cinemas.
Ain Dubai is the brand new attraction that you would see in Dubai. It is located on Bluewaters Island and is the tallest observation wheel in the world. It stands at the height of 250 meters and has 48 capsules, each with the capacity of accommodating around 40 people. A 38-minute ride of the Ain Dubai would give you the chance to enjoy the beautiful view of the entire city as well as the Arabian Gulf. Apart from the observation capsules, there are social and private capsules as well, where you can enjoy drinks and hold parties as well as conferences.
The Burj Khalifa is a major landmark of Dubai. Standing at the height of 829.8 meters, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on earth. This architectural marvel is home to luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, residential homes, corporate offices, and even a mosque. The floors that are open to the public are the observation decks on 124th and 148th floors. Both these observation decks would give you a 360-degree aerial view of the entire city, including the buildings, the Arabian Gulf as well as the vast desert land. You also get access to a museum that tells you about the story of the development of the Burj Khalifa.
If you are interested to know about the history of the UAE, a visit to the Etihad Museum is a must. Located in Jumeirah, this museum is spread around an area of 25000 square meters. The location of the museum is as significant as the museum itself because it is located at the same place where the constitution was signed in the year 1971. The Etihad Museum is home to a series of interactive exhibits that would tell you the story of how the 7 Emirate cities came together to create the United Arab Emirates. Along with the exhibits, there is also an education centre, a library, and a restaurant here.
The dates of the Expo 2020 coincide with Global Village, an annual event that happens in Dubai during the winter months. Located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Global Village is a part theme park and part shopping market. One of the main attractions of this place is the 26 pavilions representing different countries around the world. While shopping is one of the highlights of Global Village, it is not the only thing to do here. On the other hand, the place is home to Carnaval, where you can enjoy numerous rides. Moreover, there are fireworks, music concerts, street performances, etc. to look forward to at the Global Village Dubai.
Dubai Creek Park
Most think that Dubai is a concrete jungle with so many buildings and constructions. However, this is not true, and there are plenty of parks and gardens here. One of the biggest parks here is the Dubai Creek Park, which is spread around an area of 96 hectares. It is the perfect place to visit if you want to take a break from the hustle-bustle of the city and spend some time amidst nature. The park has children’s play areas, BBQ spots, a theatre, a mini-golf area, a mini train, and a bike trail as well. You can also enjoy a cable car ride here. Two of the major attractions at the Dubai Creek Park are Dubai Dolphinarium and Children’s City, which is an indoor infotainment centre.
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The Palm Fountain
Most people who have visited Dubai know about the Dubai Fountain in front of the Dubai Mall. While it still is one of the best things to see in the city, the newly launched Palm Fountain is gaining popularity quickly. Facing the Grand Hotel Atlantis the Palm, it is one of the biggest dancing fountains in the world. Starting at 7 in the evening, the Palm Fountain puts up a performance for its audience every 30 minutes. When the music starts playing, the fountain begins to dance on its tunes and even shoots up water at the height of 105 meters. The water jet and the music along with the 3000 LED lights and the amazing sound system make this experience worthwhile.
The View at the Palm
The Palm Jumeirah or the Palm Island is the largest manmade island on earth. Moreover, it is also Dubai’s finest architectural achievement. The palm-shaped island is home to some of the most luxurious hotels, restaurants, villas, malls, and nightclubs. However, it was not possible to see the palm shape of the island (unless you tried sky diving) until now. Today, you can visit The View at The Palm, which is located above the Nakheel Mall. Located 240 meters above ground, The View at the Palm would give you a panoramic view of the entire island along with the Arabian Gulf and the skyline of Dubai.
Dubai has a perfect beach climate from November to March, and hence visiting a beach is a must when you are visiting Dubai for Expo 2020. While there are several amazing beaches in Dubai, Kite Beach is one of the best. Located in Jumeriah, the Kite Beach is named so because it is the best place in Dubai where you can try kite surfing. Apart from this, it is a great place for trying stand-up paddle–boarding, and wakeboarding. While you are not trying out the water sports, you can enjoy a game of beach volleyball, relax on the sand, or take a walk along the beach. Kite Beach also provides an amazing view of Burj Al Arab, the only seven-star hotel in the world.
So, what are you waiting for? Dubai Expo 2020 is in full swing, and there is no better time to visit Dubai than now. So book your tickets, get your visa, and get ready for an amazing and memorable holiday in Dubai.
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