Is it time to plan for a holiday? Read on for our top picks to be the first to experience the new in Dubai!
Dubai’s new openings in the first half of 2017 have added a host of great experiences across art, culture, entertainment and family fun to the city’s already packed proposition – and there’s plenty more to look forward to in the second half of the year.
WHERE TO STAY?
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is set to be the first holistic wellbeing resort in the Middle East, and will offer an enchanting, immersive travel experience. Located on the East Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, just 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai’s two international airports, the beachfront resort will feature 255 rooms and suites, an executive lounge, a variety of dining venues and the first Rayya Wellness Centre that will offer 360-degree wellness solutions. Expected opening: August 2017.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
Located in the city’s vibrant Downtown area, the Renaissance Downtown is set to offer captivating views of the city skyline from its location beside the newly developed Dubai Water Canal, within walking distance of the Burj Khalifa. Guests will be able to embark on a culinary journey to enliven their taste buds at onsite restaurants Morimoto Dubai, Bleu Blanc and Basta! by David Myers. The hotel promises warm, personalised service, coupled with striking contemporary guestrooms with a modern Arabic twist, as well as a sensational Six Senses Spa. Expected opening: August 2017.
Designed by Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, this expansive resort – set to be the world’s fifth Bulgari Hotels and Resorts property – will be located on the exclusive Jumeirah Bay Island, off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Road. Sculpted in the shape of a titanic seahorse, the luxury marine 1.7 million square ft. complex will be framed by lush landscaped gardens and feature 100 rooms and suites, 20 residential villas and a marina, all accompanied by a full range of luxury amenities. Expected opening: Q4 2017.
WHERE TO DINE?
The UAE’s very first STK venue is scheduled to open at the recently launched Rixos Premium Dubai hotel located in JBR, and will offer a modern and upscale twist on the American steakhouse concept combining culinary excellence, a modern ambiance and a chic décor. The menu at STK JBR The Walk will include STK staples loved the world over, as well as new offerings that are perfect for the beachfront location. Expected opening: August 2017.
WHAT TO EXPERIENCE?
With two 150m-tall towers connected by a 93m bridge at the top, the Dubai Frame is an imposing architectural landmark that aims to connect the city’s past, present and future. The structure’s bridge serves as an observation deck providing uninterrupted views of Old Dubai to the north and New Dubai to the south. Visitors will begin their journey learning about the history of Dubai in the Past Gallery, then move on to augmented reality-activated screens on the Sky deck level that showcase present-day Dubai, before walking through a specially designed ‘vortex tunnel’ to a virtual metropolis representing the future of Dubai. Expected opening: October 2017.
The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue extension
The Fashion Avenue of The Dubai Mall will add new and personalised flagship stores of the world’s most renowned brands, with the first phase of the expansion adding 1 million square ft. of new space. Shoppers will be able to stroll along foliage-rich walkways and browse premium stores, as well as enjoy a wide new range of F&B additions along Burj Lake and overlooking The Dubai Fountain. Expected opening: December 2017.