If you were to look at Dubai right now you may think life is back to normal. Recently, the busy city has been a glowing attraction for tourists. Many people from Europe visited trying to escape to the city to avoid the brutal winter and strict coronavirus lockdown measures in place.

As thousands of visitors gathered there during its peak season, the virus inevitably caught up with the city despite strict precautions. Covid-19 cases started to rise about 4X the rate since November 2020.

As Covid-19 continued to spread rapidly, the images shared on social media in Dubai painted the image that Dubai is a wide-open winter sun paradise.

Many people around Europeans such as the UK, where many people are being told they cannot travel abroad due to the health risks,  these pictures caused anxiety, bringing about criticism of those enjoying themselves.