30 April 2014| Last updated on 26 March 2017
Top New Dubai Tourist Attractions
There are so many new projects that will be launching this year or next in Dubai and we’re so excited about them…
There will be new places for residents to go, take visitors to and to entertain the tourists. Here we take a closer look at our top ten new and up and coming tourist attractions. Get the diaries ready for all these extra activities!
The Tower Dubai
Looking over the well-known Dubai Creek, this new building dubbed The Tower will stand higher than its neighbour, the Burj Khalifa.
"How?" is probably a question most people are thinking, and others will no doubt be eager to learn whether it will be higher than its potential competitor the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, KSA. It hasn't been confirmed, yet.
Without a doubt, it is an eye-catching piece of architectural brilliance. It's inspired by Islamic architecture, and is part of the Dubai Creek Harbour development. The design is slender in an effort to capture a similar image to a blooming lily. It will have a delicate mesh-like structure surrounding it, and of course will be mammoth in size in comparison to our beloved Burj Khalifa.
It is said that the building will cost approximately AED 3.67 billion to construct.
The new The Tower Dubai will, in the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, "be as great as the Burj Khalifa and Eiffel Tower".
The Tower is part of the continuing Dubai Creek Harbour development that sits near Ras Al Khor. The huge under-construction suburb will feature eight million square feet of retail space, 29,000 apartments and homes, 22 hotels and another project called Dubai Twin Towers (rumoured to be the tallest twin towers in the world, naturally).
EW says: We love the elegance of its design! And will certainly put Dubai as the leader of innovation once again.
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Staying true to form, the Dubai Municipality recently announced another crazy project by way of design that we can all look forward to.
Introducing, the Dubai Steps! This one is one of four new projects given approval by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Details are limited at this stage, but early renderings hint at an inclined building, much like a staircase, that reaches high into the sky. Images also show greenery and water features as part of the 20 individual tiers and 500 steps.
There will also be a town square, complete with an obelisk-like monument, with roads surrounding.
EW says: We can't quite wrap our heads around this one, but we're sure in true Dubai fashion it will be something that no matter whether you love it or hate it, you will definitely go and see it.
Dubai Opera House
If anyone has taken a trip down to The Dubai Mall or Burj Khalifa recently, you will have noticed a beautiful new building in the shape of an Arabian dhow. This building is... Wait for it... The new Dubai Opera House! It holds 2,000 people and stage operas, theatre shows, concerts, exhibitions, performance art and various other cultural highlights.
EW says: Trust us, members of our team will be the first ones to buy tickets to any show in this outstanding development! A great addition to Downtown Dubai.
Nakheel Mall and the Palm Tower
This glorious new complex will feature a shopping mall, which will include 200 shops, two department stores, a cinema and a roof plaza with 12 fine dining restaurants... Plus a luxury hotel with residences.
EW says: We think this will make a fine addition to the area, giving the surrounding Palm Jumeirah a fantastic finish.
Museum of the Future
The musem will provide the best contemporary environment in the world with tourists able to experience the future through innovative simulations and interactive demonstrations.
Photo Credit: RTA
EW says: A look into the future? We say yes please!
In true Dubai fashion, this man-made island will be home to the world's largest Ferris wheel, dubbed "The Dubai Eye". Surrounding this monumental addition to JBR's view, will be retail outlets, residential properties, entertainment and hospitality zones.
EW says: What else is there to say? The bigger the better in Dubai, and this will certainly be an impressive addition to Dubai's shoreline.
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Situated near Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, the construction of The Butterfly is underway; an unusual brick version of a butterfly, which includes two office buildings that will be connected by a central structure... Creating an extra 255,000sqft of office space to the area!
EW says: We're loving the idea of added office space to two of the most bustling areas of Dubai, looking forward to it. Potential new office for EW in the future!? We'd love to live in The Butterfly!
IMG World of Adventures
IMG Worlds of Adventure is said to be the largest park on its kind, spread across 1.5 million square feet! The temperature controlled indoor park brings a number of major cartoon themed rides, including; Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman, The Avengers, and more!
EW says: We love letting our inner child out every once in a while, we love this idea, and we are looking forward for a team building activity in this park! Management if you're reading this...
Aladdin City, Dubai Creek
This newly announced project aims to develop numerous towers linked by bridge ways. It will be situated on the Dubai Creek whilst maintaining the heritage activities of the port.The project is inspired by project inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad. Construction work will commence in 2016.
EW says:This project looks amazing and we already love the old Deira area... will be great to have an additional attraction there alongside the heritage and historical areas.
The Dubai Rainforest
So this new development may make you scratch your head a little... A rainforest... In Dubai? How? But alas, as part of a luxury housing development, The Dubai Rainforest is set for completion ready for Expo 2020.
Described as a cultural and educational dome, The Dubai Rainforest will be housed within Damac Properties' Akoya Oxygen master community.
Visitors will be taken on a journey through the jungle, and will also have the chance to learn about the habitat's flora and fauna upon a canopy or even fly through the fleetops. We hope nobody will be going full Tarzan on us! There will also be a Rainforest spa.
EW says: This place sounds heavenly... Perhaps a little too heavenly! We're curious to see how Dubai will pull this off, but of course, we have no doubts it will be a success. We're looking forward to plunging into rock pools and steam baths, too!
Dubai Police Museum
The building will look like a giant police hat, standing four storeys high - and it will of course, be the largest in the world. It will contain memorabilia including weapons, old uniforms, telecommunications equipment, radars and brochures and will pay homage to the Dubai Police force we see today.
EW says: This looks amazing! We can't wait for this museum to be built!
Some of your favourite cartoon characters will be live in action at the Motiongate theme park that is set to open in October 2016.
The park attractions are said to include themes from several popular movies including; The Hunger Games, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, The Green Hornet and Hotel Transylvania.
EW says: We here at EW are kids at heart, so we are looking forward to going on rides and taking photos with our favourite cartoon characters!
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The Canal Project
Work on the new Canal Project started today with the closure of a 1km stretch of road on Al Wasl Road in Dubai. This has been done in order to build a bridge as one of the first phases of the Canal project. Click here to read more>>
The Canal Project will ultimately be an extention of the Business Bay Canal which will extend over parts of Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeirah 2 before terminating in the Arabian Gulf.
This will give a massive opportunity for a new kind of investor to come in, it will also be great for tourism as Dubai will be able to offer a new experience of floating hotels and dhow restaurants.
EW says: We are ready to see the Canal, it looks beautiful.. and we are excited for traffic to finally settle down in Umm Suqeim!
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Palm Jumeirah is getting an 11km boardwalk!
Construction on this amazing project is due to start at the end of 2014 with an anticipated completion date around mid-2016.
The broadwalk will be 11km long stretching out 100m into the sea with glass-encased cafes and restaurants and views of the Arabian Gulf, Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline.
EW Says: AMAZING!! We'll be able to stroll, ice-cream in hand over the weekends, excercise in the mornings and look at the calming sea and all our gorgeous Dubai landmarks ... Hmmm wonder what New Years Eve celebrations will be like on the boardwalk.
Everything is Awesome- LEGOLAND to open October 2016!
The Dubai Parks & Resorts will be in the Jebel Ali area from 2016.
The first part of the project will have 3 theme parks - Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai! This will be the 1st LEGOLAND park in the Middle East and the 7th in the world.
Work on the project will start in February and ohase one will be complete in 2016.
EW Says: We literally cannot wait for this one it's going to be awesome! We're so lucky this world class attraction is coming here!
Known as the first theme park dedicated to Bollywood, the much anticipated park is said to be the first of its kind in the world!
Part of the 25 million square feet Dubai Parks and Resorts Destination, the park is set to open on October 2016 and will bring together cinematic simulation, blockbuster attractions, live entertainment, fine dining and more!
EW Says: This is going to be great for Bollywood buffs both young and old. Sounds amazing with diverse options across the park!
Dubai Safari will replace the old Dubai Zoo and hundreds of animals, birds and other creatures living in enclosures in the existing Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah will be relocated to the new site.
The Dubai Safari project, which is being built in Al Warqa 5, Aweer Road in an area of 396 hectares, will include several areas known as Arabian Village, Asian Village, African Village to accommodate animals from different continents, as well as open safari areas, a butterfly park, golf courses and entertainment and recreational areas.
EW says: we know people will be really happy about the relocation of the animals from the old Dubai Zoo and this will be a much nicer environment for them and visitors to the attraction.
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The project, near Star Gate at Zaabeel Park, aims to implement a frame, which highlights the Emirate’s landmarks uniquely. The project forms an aesthetic and architectural landmark icon that culturally links the past with the present, to be an important attraction point for tourist visitors and residents alike, and is expected to attract nearly 2 million tourists a year.
It is in the form of a four sided frame shaped isometric, with the ribs height 150m, and 100m horizontal distance. The space between the ribs forms a pretty clear view for the city from a high altitude. It shows the photo of Sheikh Zayed Road buildings to symbolize the modern city of Dubai from one side, while the other side of the frame picturesque Deira, Umm Hurair, Al Karama area, symbolizing the old city of Dubai.
The lower rib (side) of the frame, consists of a Gallery Museum that embodies the idea of the project and tells the story of the evolution of the city and its past, present, and shows the old and new city, using the most new & updated means of presentation that contributes to the creation of a favorable environment that develops & comprehends the renaissance taking place in Dubai.
The upper part of the frame (horizontal rib) will be of glass, with glass floors, so the visitor feels like walking in space, allowing the visitors to enjoy Dubai from all sides. This section of the frame will include a cafe and a number of services that are designed to meet the international specifications. In addition to the functional and aesthetic excellence of the building, the project internal and external finishes has been taken into account to be of a high level of quality.
EW says: we love the sound of this- it's going to make for great photographs! Can't wait to see the finished Frame!
Mall Of Arabia
More than just a mall, it will be a unique lifestyle experience with its vast ancient Middle Eastern exterior housing the best of international fashion brands, a state-of-the-art stage for theatrical performances, a 15-screen cinema and a bowling alley.
The 10 million square-foot mall will contain more than 1,000 retail outlets, a rooftop hotel, waterfront dining and entertainment, a theme park, an earth science museum, and a planetarium.
Making it easy for visitors to arrive and move about, City of Arabia’s own monorail system will be linked to the Dubai Metro and provide visitors with a comfortable and convenient link to all the major shopping attractions and other areas.
EW says: we're so excited that this mall will be opening fairly soon! Imagine how great it's going to be popping to World Of Adventures then shopping till you drop at this amazing mall afterwards? Can't wait!
Six Flags Theme Park- 2017
The project is planned to open in late 2017 and will be located within the multi-themed park project in Jebel Ali. This will be the first Six Flags theme park to be opened outside of North America. As the operator of the largest regional theme parks in the world, Six Flags looks forward to continuing to provide families and guests of all ages with the best and most diverse entertainment experience they can find close to home.
EW says: we know this one is way in the future- but time flies out here and this will be an amazing them park! Bring it on :) There's also rumours the developers of this, Meraas will also be building a Legoland... how fab would that be!