When you have to stay at home for prolonged periods of time and a trip to the beach or the local pub isn’t really an option, it can be easy to go a little stir crazy. But this is actually a great opportunity to catch up on some activities you normally don’t have time for. And with a little creativity, you can still enjoy the best that the city has to offer from the comfort of your living room. Here are the best indoor activities that you can enjoy in Dubai over the next couple of weeks.
Work On Your Culinary Skills
You don’t have to go out to a popular restaurant run by a celebrity chef to enjoy a great meal. This is the perfect time to work on your cooking skills, whipping up your own gourmet recipes to wow the taste buds of family and friends. Need some ingredients? There are plenty of online grocery delivery options, from well-known chains such as Carrefour and Choithrams to digital portals like Kibsons and InstaShop. Delivery times are a bit longer than usual under current circumstances, so you might have to plan your recipes in advance, but it will be well worth the wait when you pull that perfect casserole out of the oven.
If you still miss the fun of dining out, then turn your own dining room into your favourite restaurant. You have plenty of delivery options to choose from, and several restaurants are running some great deals at this time.
Stock Up Your Library
Reading is perhaps the quintessential ‘at-home’ activity. What could be better than curling up on the couch or lounging on your bed with a good book in hand? Dubai’s most prolific book retailers, such as Kinokuniya and Magrudy’s, have online delivery options, and the former is offering free delivery on any order above AED 100. If you want to catch up on your reading, spend a quiet distraction-free afternoon away from digital devices and screens, or simply to build up your personal library to keep you stocked for the long-term, there is no better time than now.
Enjoy A Night In At The Movies
Movie theatres are also closed for the time being under governmental guidelines, but you can still enjoy a movie night at home. There is a wealth of digital streaming content, from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to local options like Wavo. You can find a vast array of recent and classic films, including many titles that are exclusive to each individual platform. All you have to do is prepare the popcorn (or your movie snack of choice), settle in and enjoy the show.
Take A Virtual Museum Tour
You might be avoiding public places and large crowds right now, but you can still soak in some culture while staying at home. Some of the most renowned museums in the world, such as the Louvre in Paris, the Guggenheim in New York and London’s British Museum, have virtual tours of their exhibits. View classical pieces from Renaissance masters, the best in contemporary art, and much more, with just a click. Dressing up for the occasion is optional.
Have An In-Home Workout Session
You don’t need a gym membership to hit your fitness goals. There are plenty of home-based workouts that you can do, many of which don’t require any special equipment but give you the same burn that a good gym session would. You can choose from a variety of workout, yoga and wellness apps and even some of Dubai’s popular fitness studios, such as Crank, Fitness First, The Warehouse and TribeFit, have video workouts available on their websites for you to keep up with your routine.
One of the most important things you can do, and indeed should do for your own well-being, is to stay connected with your community. Seek out restaurants and stores in your own neighbourhood that you can order from. Not only does this give their business a boost during these trying times, it’s also a great way to explore the local area - who knows what hidden gems you’ve been overlooking all this time! Make a donation to a charity drive or help out with some community initiative in any way you can. Video conferencing can help you manage meetings with co-workers and clients, and make sure to schedule a call or a chat session with friends around the city or with loved ones overseas. Maintaining social connections during this time is more important than ever.