Visit the new spaces in Dubai that will wow you from within. Be inspired by this feature on the hottest places that have recently been erected in 2015-16. Dubai’s authorities have been working super hard to complete some of the most anticipated projects this year.
The biggest project being the Dubai Safari Park, due to open to the public by October this year, as well as the Dubai Water Canal, again, expected to be installed this year, the city is counting down numerous projects in the coming months.
Plans for new openings in 2016
We’ve got so much to look forward to in a city that seems to be changing in a blink of an eye:
Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre is a Dh40-million observatory centre which will feature a space museum, gallery, theatre and a one-metre telescope, and is said to be open 24 hours a day.
Dubai Safari Park will cover a total area of 11 hectares and will be located at Al Warqa. The park will be separated into three main villages - African, Arabic, Safari - separately with exclusive features, designs, animals and plants. The first lot of animals arrived at the park in February this year.
By the end of 2016
Although a date has not been confirmed for the following two, there most certainly have said that they expect to finish these projects in or by the end of 2016.
Firstly, we have the highly awaited 3-Dubai Frame project which involves a two 150-metre-high towers, connected by a 100 square metre bridge, where visitors can take in the panoramic views of Old and New Dubai. This is to be located at Zabeel Park, and will be home to a museum on the ground floor.
What more, they will soon have their very own Ferris Wheel in Dubai, which is due to launch the world’s biggest Ferris wheel, called Dubai Eye, expected to be 210 metres high, near the Jumeirah Beach Residence. It will have 48 capsules to hold 1,400 visitors and will most certainly show you a magnificent view over the Burj al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa.
Well, now we’ve got the upcoming projects down, let’s take a look at the newest hot-spots for those of you going away to Dubai sooner
The best newest restaurants on the scene
Doesn’t everyone love food? And when you’re in such a luxurious place, why not fine-dine every day? Here are the latest additions to Dubai’s long list of first-class restaurants:
The hot Bushman’s Restaurant
Australian food is not common in Dubai, so it was a surprise when Australian cooking with a fine dining edge surfaced on the scene. Per se, being the first to bring this high-class dream of Down Under to Dubai, Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar inhabits a sincere forte in an otherwise varied dining scene. The menu spans a selection of gourmet Australiana, including emu, kangaroo, barramundi, “bugs” (like little flat-tailed lobster) and “yabby” (crayfish), prepared with plenty of international fusion touches, from Asian to Italian.
Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck is the world-wide steakhouse notion by the world renowned chef. During the evening, it dons mood lighting, yet still encapsulates a feeling of elegance and airiness. You’ll also find an outdoor terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa from here.
Open Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 7pm-midnight. The Address Downtown Dubai
Frioul Bistro de Luxe
This elegant new restaurant takes its motivation from the French-Mediterranean chic that has become progressively prevalent in Dubai. This eatery dons an open kitchen, full on white seating from the outside to the in, with a minimalistic design to break up the white. Here you can taste fresh frog’s legs, marquez, bouillabaisse and bone marrow, but with an air of innovation to it.
Open Sat-Wed noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The best newest bars in Dubai this 2016
Some fabulous new bars are being welcomed this year in Dubai and if you like to check out the unusual, these are a must-visit for you:
Lock, Stock & Barrel
A cocky swagger and a strong identity, this bar is the talk of town. They have a pool table and private lounge areas on the mezzanine floor. This bar would be suited to the well-heeled as well as those dressed in casual T-shirts and trainers – even flip-flops are suitable on Saturdays and Sundays.
Grand Millennium Hotel, Tecom, Dubai, Mon to Thurs 6pm to 3am, Fri to Sun 2pm to 3am.
This splendid bar is such a swanky place; you’d be crazy not to check it out. It’s made of (you guessed it!) wood. Lots of it. Plank flooring, chunky wooden tables, sofas and stools.
Taj Dubai, Business Bay, Sun to Wed 5pm to 1am, Thurs to Sat 5pm to 3am.
The best newest hotels in Dubai
St. Regis Hotel
This divine little gem of a hotel opened later 2015, and is located in Dubai’s vibrant Downtown District. Not-lacking any style or glamour, it comprises of rooftop pools, famous restaurants and even a spa. The interior is inspired by the original St Regis in New York.
Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road +971 4 435 5555
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
The newest selection for stylish young travellers visiting Dubai is the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. This high-class reserve in the new setting of Pearl Jumeirah is an assortment of ultra-deluxe villas, suites and dwellings right on the coastline of the Arabian Gulf
Palm Jumeirah +971 4 376 6000
This one was much the talk of town for a while – one of two Four Seasons, this one is found in the city – Four Seasons Dubai International Financial Centre. It is the number one choice for business and leisure travellers who want to be close to the city’s shopping, dining, and tourist attractions.
Dubai International Financial Centre +971 4 506 0088
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
It is about to add a new destination to its high-end hotel brand. The Starwood's Dubai International Financial District will be open to Waldorf Astoria guests as early as 2017, expected to bring hundreds of hotel rooms, dining options and more to the busy Dubai destination.
The Al Habtoor City development
Situated in Dubai will reveal the opening of its third luxury hotel this summer. The Westin Dubai - Al Habtoor City will have more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites and is planned to open on 1st August.
Dubai is a place that pleases all tastes
Evidently, this holiday will be one that will please even the fussiest of holiday-goers. This place really can’t get boring, as there are so many projects, plans and new and exciting places that are popping up all over the shore. Dubai's visitors always have the change to try something new and be part of the world's trendiest projects.