Whether you are looking for engineering marvels, exceptional experiences, trailblazing luxury, or trade opportunities, Reema Ahuja vouches for UAE to be the country that promises it all
As the world is all set to usher in 2021 and bid adieu to a whirlwind of the year gone by, the UAE has left no stone unturned and has received accolades from the rest of the world in its feat to curb the spread of COVID-19. We all have high hopes and can see a speck of light at the end of the tunnel as this tumultuous year heads towards a close.
The UAE has set its intentions for the year ahead and is all geared up to welcome the people across the globe with enthusing energy, inspiring innovations, and buoyant aspirations. This nation is no stranger to record-breaking feats and truly lives up to the adage, “Take your feet off the brakes, push the pedal, give yourself the green light and be unstoppable.”
It has all the reasons to be optimistic, with some promising developments heading into 2021. With adrenaline-pumping attractions and audacious architecture, it certainly lives by the motto – ‘Bigger is Better’.
Heading towards the ‘Next 50’
With no signs of slowing down and many new record-pushing attractions on the horizon, all eyes are set on the Expo 2020 (or we may say Expo 2021) and the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. While the Expo will now kick off in October, the completion of 50 years of UAE as a united nation is just the beginning of a new story. With the official theme of last year being ‘2020: Towards the next 50’, preparations have already begun to tell the UAE’s global success story. The year-long celebration aims to acknowledge the past and embark on a journey of empowerment for the future to make it one of the best countries in the world.
Excitement is building up to witness the global extravaganza of Expo 2020 with more than 190 participating nations, global businesses, educational institutions, and millions of anticipated visitors. Get spoilt for choice with live performances, robot workshops, virtual and augmented reality activities, avant-garde shows, unique culinary experiences… the list seems endless. The world’s biggest 360-degree projection surface and the ground-breaking pavilions will certainly make for a good spectacle.
Capturing the world’s imagination
As a visitor or a resident, you will have many more exciting tales to share when Dubai mesmerizes you with wonders beyond your imagination. This is what one can expect:
The unlimited entertainment options at the new Meydan One Mall, within the heart of Mohammed Bin Rashid City, will make it hard for you to curate the best things to do. Envisioned as a place for all to enjoy, it will enthrall you with its 8.2 km Crystal Lagoon water park, beaches, dancing water fountains, and massive 21 screen cinema. The region’s first indoor electric go-karting track will give a speeding experience of a lifetime.
Ever thought of partying in a private fine-dining pod, at a staggering height of more than 210m. The long-awaited Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel on Bluewaters Island, is the only way to experience this grandeur in the year ahead. If you just missed meeting a celebrity in Dubai, Madame Tussauds Dubai is all set to welcome you. The world-famous waxwork museum known for its life-like wax exhibits of celebrities is another attraction on the bustling Bluewaters Island, providing more reasons than ever to visit. The museum will feature singers, actors, celebrities, UAE political leaders, historical legends, and sporting icons worldwide.
The much anticipated ‘Museum of the Future’, front-facing Sheikh Zayed Road, is an architectural marvel and a window to this futuristic place, giving a glimpse of what the future has in store. Inspired by Feng Shui, the torus-shaped steel edifice with beautiful Arabic calligraphy inscribed on the structure’s façade is a sight to behold.
Deira Islands is the grand addition to UAE’s list of island wonders, adding to its landscape a total coastline of 40 km, including 21 km of spectacular beachfront. The four man-made islands will be connected to the Deira district mainland through bridges for easy access and also by boats for those who wish to enjoy the experience a little more. Six marinas will offer 614 berths that can accommodate boats and yachts up to 60 meters long.
Another feature on the Islands that is endlessly exciting is the Night Market – a modern take on the traditional Arabian Souk for all those interested in night-time shopping.
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is also making waves with its largest upcoming aquarium in the Middle East. The National Aquarium at Al Qana will house 33,000 marine animals and 300 different aquatic species for those who like the ocean’s marvels.
Though the world hasn’t yet conquered Covid completely, it marches on to triumph in more ways than one. Soon the day will dawn when we will be free of the prowling virus completely. Until then, let’s live 2021 with all that it has to offer and make it a year that we live to tell!