16 December 2020
Countless events have been casualties of the pandemic this year. Fortunately, many have been rescheduled for 2021 meaning we’ll still get to experience the spectacle, we’re just being made to wait for it.
Enduringly popular at the best of times, next year will be one to remember for Dubai. The Expo 2020 Dubai event has retained its name but will now run 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022, when it will host the world for six months. Organisers are promising “eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun”. And when Dubai says that, you know it’ll be something to behold. The event will feature hundreds of pavilions showcasing interactive exhibits, artistic creations, workshops and performances from some of the best talents around the world. Digital theatre and dance routines, acrobats and poetry slams, fashion shows and roaming entertainers will abound. You can participate in mindfulness sessions, extreme sports and virtual and augmented reality activities. You’ll find ground-breaking architecture at every turn, from the world’s biggest 360-degree projection to the bird’s eye view from the top of the rotating observation tower. Taste dishes from every corner of the world at more than 200 food and beverage outlets serving everything from street food or haute cuisine to family-friendly, sustainable meals.
Academics, inventors, artists, tech pioneers, out-of-the-box thinkers – Expo 2020 will be a haven for interesting and inquisitive personalities. And once evening arrives, pyrotechnic displays and live concerts will keep you enthralled into the early hours. Even if the event itself doesn’t entice you, 190 countries are participating, and millions of visitors are expected. If you want to holiday in Dubai next year, best to start your planning now with our recommendations for the best places to stay.
One&Only Royal Mirage
An oasis of peaceful serenity in a city that often runs at 100mph. The resort’s Arab-inspired architecture incorporates carved arches, traditional domed roofs, soothing water features and intricate detailing. The spa at One&Only Royal Mirage takes the style of an Oriental Hammam with its Moroccan lamps, marble floors and ornate tiled walls. Book in for one of the spa’s signature bathing rituals which can be taken as a couple’s treatment. After acclimatising to the heat of the room, lay back on the warm marble for an exfoliation treatment from the Hammam therapists, leaving you feeling revitalised.
You know you’re at no ordinary resort when you can hop aboard one of its fleet of traditional abra boats to explore the onsite river network and stop off to shop at Souk Madinat. This expansive property - inspired by an Arabian citadel is home to the palatial luxury of Jumeirah Al Qasr, the boutique retreat of Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, the cool and contemporary Jumeirah Al Naseem and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf with its Arabian-inspired summerhouses. Together, they offer 50+ eateries, bars and nightspots, a spa, water-sports facilities and kids’ clubs.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
On the Palm Jumeirah’s western crescent, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s ottoman-inspired accommodation offers palatial grandeur. The bathrooms follow Turkish design and come with separate rain shower, a large marble bath and Lorenzo Villoresi bathroom amenities. All accommodations grant guests access to the Club Lounge where pre-dinner canapés and beverages are served. Eight incredible bars and restaurants are yours to choose from. Dine to the soundtrack of Arabic music at Al Nafoorah, discovering authentic Lebanese flavours such as sauteed chicken livers served with a sweet pomegranate sauce. The cakes of Sultan’s Delights are unmissable for marking special occasions.
The Expo will be running alongside Dubai’s usual jam-packed calendar of events so look out for the regular global sports gatherings, star-studded concert line ups and art exhibitions.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Occupying a spot on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah, just off the coast of Dubai, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort is home to the UAE’s only overwater villas. The resort’s beachfront location means you can indulge in a beach break whilst remaining close to the action of the city. The overwater villas have glass floors peering down into the Arabian Gulf and bathtubs that look out across its shimmering surface. The villas offer some the best sunrise views in Dubai so a morning soak is a must. Other options at the resort include lagoon access rooms, from which you’ll be able to slip straight into the lagoon from your private balcony after spending an afternoon on your private sun loungers.
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