Indeed, Dubai has become a force to reckon with when it comes to tourism. Even with obvious exploits made so far, it seems the Emirate is leaving no stone unturned in an effort to become a choice destination for travelers and tourists from across the globe.
As we entre the second half of the year, Dubai has added a host of great experiences across art, culture, entertainment and family fun to the city’s already packed proposition. For sure, there’s plenty more to look forward to in the second half of the year.
Among latest offering in Dubai is The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, which is set to be the first holistic wellbeing resort in the Middle East. Located on the East Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, just 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai’s two international airports, it will offer an enchanting, immersive travel experience, while 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. The facility is expected to open this later this month.
Al Bandar Rotana and Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana is another new addition to Dubai. Offering 190 luxurious rooms and suites, this modern and elegantly designed five-star property will provide individual experiences tailored for businesspeople, couples and families alike. Conveniently located on Baniyas Road in Deira, the hotel is close to Dubai Creek and just a few minutes’ drive from Dubai International airport. It will offer four dining outlets, a swimming pool, as well as a Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club with sauna, steam and massage rooms.
Also, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, is something to look forward to in Dubai in the second half of the year. 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. Opening this month, the hotel promises warm, personalised service, coupled with striking contemporary guestrooms with a modern Arabic twist, as well as a sensational Six Senses Spa.
Designed by Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, Bulgari Hotel is another new addition to the alluring city of Dubai. 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.
For dinning, 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.
If you are in love with live experience, then you will surely be excited about La Perle by Dragone. The one-of-a-kind La Perle theatre, located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, will be the region’s first resident show produced by the world’s most sought-after artistic director, Franco Dragone. The riveting show is set to feature a cast of 65 artists, each of whom bring their own unique set of skills to the performance – ranging from acting and acrobatics, to aquatic and aerial stunts.
The show promises to mesmerise audiences as the performers dive into an on-stage pool, creating a visually captivating experience both below and above stage level in this state-of-the-art theatre. It will also mark a milestone for live entertainment in Dubai and the region, with over 450 performances every year.
Also new in Dubai is the Dubai Safari Park. A comprehensive safari experience, the park is a massive zoological project that spans over 119-hectares in Dubai’s Al Warqa area. The park is divided into different villages – Asian Village, African Village and Open Safari Village – which will re-create different habitats suitable for its varied and unique wildlife. With a 1,000-seat theatre and a garden for children, visitors can also look forward to a botanical garden, butterfly garden and an amateur golf course, in addition to restaurants and a food court in the park’s Valley and Children’s Park.
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.
When it comes to shopping, 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.