Coronavirus: Here's 10 things to do in Dubai, UAE as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Dubai's Burj Khalifa. (File photo: AFP)

Dubai and the UAE at large have been rolling back shutdown measures that had been put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Dubai welcomed tourists back for the first time since closing its airports to commercial flights in late March.

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With coronavirus restrictions easing and tourists returning, here’s a list of everything to do in Dubai:

Go shopping in the malls

Dubai is home to some of the biggest malls in the world, which had closed down due to coronavirus. Restrictions have now been eased, and malls in Dubai and in the other emirates of the UAE have been reopened.

People wearing protective face masks walk at Dubai mall, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 3, 2020. (Reuters)

People wearing protective face masks walk at Dubai mall, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 3, 2020. (Reuters)

Head for dinner

Restaurants have reopened, although some rules remain in place regarding capacity, meaning it may be a good idea to make a reservation if you plan on going out for dinner.

Catch some sun on the beach

Major beaches and hotel beaches in Dubai have opened, welcoming residents and tourists back to the emirate’s sandy vistas.

A woman, clad in mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, uses her phone to take a picture along a beach in Dubai on June 25, 2020. (AFP)

A woman, clad in mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, uses her phone to take a picture along a beach in Dubai on June 25, 2020. (AFP)

Visit the cinema

Cinemas have reopened in Dubai, although the capacity has been greatly reduced to limit the potential spread of coronavirus, meaning many seats will remain empty.

Use public transport

Dubai’s metro, tram, bus, and marine transport services have all resumed, although some timings may still be shorter than prior to coronavirus lockdown.

Cool off in a water park

Water parks reopened in Dubai in mid-June with 50 percent capacity and a strict set of guidelines mandating deep cleaning and repeat water quality tests. Social distancing rules also remain in effect, meaning all guests and visitors will need to maintain a two-meter distance at all times.

Explore an aquarium

Two of Dubai’s prominent aquariums, The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm and Dubai Aquarium at Dubai Mall, have both reopened, allowing visitors a chance to explore the underwater world and witness both aquariums’ abundant marine life.

A commuter wearing a face mask as the metro passes the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. (AP)

A commuter wearing a face mask as the metro passes the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. (AP)

Visit the top of the tallest building in the world

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, has reopened its observation deck, once again offering visitors an unparalleled view across the city.

Take in some culture at the museum

Museums across Dubai, including Dubai Museum located in the oldest existing building in the emirate, have reopened, with visitors able to travel back in time and experience the traditional way of life in the emirate.

Relax with a walk in the park

Parks in Dubai have reopened, with residents and visitors once again taking to the emirate’s greenery to relax.

Note: Coronavirus rules and regulations still remain in effect in Dubai, with fines in place for noncompliance, such as failing to wear a mask or gather in large groups.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 08 July 2020 KSA 07:49 - GMT 04:49
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