Dubai’s hottest attractions in 2017
Dubai has much to look forward to in 2017, with a host of new attractions coming on line in the new year, spotlighting the city’s forward-thinking attitude and celebrating its diversity and heritage. Read on for some of the highlights.
The sweeping 2.5 hectare Etihad Museum tells the story of the founding of the United Arab Emirates. For visitors looking to take a deep dive into the history of the nation, Etihad Museum offers a plethora of resources.
La Perle by Dragone
The region’s first permanent stage show, which goes live in mid-2017, is going to be nothing short of epic, featuring a custom-built 1,300-seat aqua theatre with a pool filled with 2.5 million litres of water serving as the focal point. The performance will feature 65 artists from 23 countries staging stunts including 35-metre dives and 15 kilometre per hour flights around the auditorium on high- powered winches.
Madame Tussauds Dubai
Home to the waxy doppelgängers of Barack Obama, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Shah Rukh Khan, Kim Kardashian, Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi, to name a few, Madame Tussaud’s will be making its way to Dubai to open its Middle Eastern outpost following galleries in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, New York and Las Vegas. Set to be located on Bluewaters Island, next to what will be the world’s biggest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, Madame Tussauds Dubai will be a must-visit once it opens, and while the exact celebrity line-up to be immortalized in wax is still under wraps, visitors are sure to recognise some famous faces from around the world and the Middle East.
Dubai Crocodile Park
A haven for reptiles, Dubai Crocodile Park will be home to a group of impressive Nile Crocs, which are the largest fresh water crocodiles in the world. The 20,000 square metre park will be built as a natural habitat with the animals grouped so that they can reproduce as they would in the wild. The setting also allows the park to double up as a research institute for schools, universities and scientists.
Gate Avenue in DIFC
Retail therapy is part and parcel of the Dubai experience, and the upcoming Gate Avenue at DIFC, a premium lifestyle, cultural and entertainment boulevard, is geared to take the city’s retail and lifestyle offerings to the next level.
Hot Air Ballooning and Falconry
Combining the thrill of hot air ballooning with the centuries-old sport of falconry, this new experience promises plenty of altitudinal thrills. A partnership between Balloon Adventures Dubai and Land Rover, the AED1,100 per person experience is a dawn ride across the desert in a hot air balloon along with a falconry display followed by a drive in a vintage Land Rover and a gourmet breakfast. The falcons are bred in the Highlands of Scotland and trained in Italy, and observing them soar between balloons to return to their minders offers a insights into their famed hunting prowess as well as an important, cherished aspect of the region’s culture and heritage.