The relentless efforts of frontline workers and mass testing are behind the UAE’s success in controlling the coronavirus outbreak. The number of active cases has rapidly fallen, enabling parts of the country to re-open. With malls, restaurants, beaches, and parks now open to the public in Dubai, there is a sense of excitement to go back to life as we knew it – with safety guidelines in place, of course.
However, the thought of coming out of lockdown and stepping out is still a frightening one for some people. If you’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to leave the safety of your house, we have compiled a list of outdoor activities to do in Dubai without having to worry about crowds.
Scroll down to discover the ‘coming out of the lockdown in Dubai’ bucket list.
Straight out of a vintage movie, the idea of a drive-in cinema has always been exciting. If you have forever fantasized about experiencing an outdoor theater, now’s your chance. What makes it even better is the fact that you can enjoy a movie with snacks from the comfort of your car without worrying about coming into contact with other people.
Visit the Al Qudra Lakes
The Al Qudra Lakes – that are a part of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve – make the perfect getaway, particularly if you’ve been craving some time away from the city. A quick 30-minute drive from the bustling concrete jungle and you’ll find yourself enjoying a peaceful sunset at a beautiful desert oasis.
The series of lakes makes the perfect setting to enjoy a little picnic or a bicycle ride along the waterfront while you admire the orange sky as the sun goes down behind the dunes. The lakes also happen to be home to local wildlife, including over 200 bird species. While swans, geese, ducks, and flamingos are a common sight, you might be lucky enough to spot the endangered Steppe Eagle or Asian Houbara.
While you’re there, you can also visit the Love Lakes, which are only a 10-minute drive away. What’s remarkable is that the two lakes have been carved out in the shape of two intertwined hearts, and surrounding fauna spells out the word “Love”. The best part though? You can enjoy anxiety-free outdoor activities with your loved ones.
Drive Down Sheikh Zayed Road
“These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you.”
Even though Alicia Keys wrote that about New York City, it rings equally true about Dubai – a metropolis that is synonymous with opulence. When being indoors is making you feel dull and the thought of stepping outside is enough to trigger your anxiety, a drive through the city is the perfect solution.
A drive down Sheikh Zayed Road, breathing in the magnificence of the Dubai skyline, can lift you up even on your worst days.
Ride a Bicycle
Whether you want to burn the extra calories from all the lockdown stress-baking or simply get some fresh air, a bike ride can instantly rejuvenate you. For those of us who don’t own a bicycle, Careem UAE bikes are available for rent on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. All you need is a cycle track that best suits you – whether on a beach, in a park or in your neighborhood.
Picnic in the Desert
We are already entering the hottest months of the year, but you can still enjoy a quick sunrise or sunset picnic in the desert before the temperatures skyrocket. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even indulge in some dune-bashing in the desert.