Try something new: 15 fun new things to do in Dubai

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From exciting areas to explore to fresh dining spots and places to party, we bring you our monthly round-up of new things to do in Dubai.

1. Check out Dubai’s beautiful new beachfront destination

First look: We take a tour of Dubai’s new beachfront destination, La Mer… #lamer #dubai #beaches #visitdubai

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La Mer, the beachfront development in Jumeirah 1, has opened its first phase to the public. When complete, the seaside spot will be made up of three areas: La Mer South, La Mer North and The Wharf. The areas you can check out right now are La Mer South and La Mer North, which will eventually be home to more than 130 shops, cafes and restaurants. For now, it’s a lovely place to take a stroll along the beach…

La Mer, located between Pearl Jumeira and Jumeira Bay. More info on website.

2. Try the new Hunger Games rides at Motiongate

You can finally unleash your inner Katniss at Motiongate, the Hollywood-themed offering at Dubai Parks & Resorts. The Lionsgate zone is now open, featuring the world’s first rides and attractions inspired by The Hunger Games. There’s the Capitol Bullet Train, where visitors can take a hair-raising journey from District 12 to the Capitol, and the Panem Aerial Tour, which involves a 3D flight over the landmarks of the fictional nation.

Motiongate, Dubai Parks & Resorts, daily 11am to 10pm, tickets from Dhs165 for GCC residents. More info on website.

3. Book a table at a Sheikh Mohammed-approved spot

Baku Cafe is a new eatery in City Walk, serving up the traditional flavours of Azerbaijan. It only opened in October, but Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya have already popped in for a meal – how’s that for a review? Expect classic dishes like lamb saj and dolma (stuffed grape leaves).

Baku Cafe, City Walk, daily 10am to 1am. Tel: (04) 299 908. More info on Facebook.

4. Party hard at a new JBR nightclub

Finally, a nightclub for the JBR party people. Inner City Zoo has opened in the Rixos Premium, offering 10,000 square feet of space to cut some serious shapes in. The venue has two resident DJs, a dance troupe, and a Tuesday ladies’ night, Inner City Sass, with unlimited drinks between 11pm and 1am.

Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, Tues to Fri 11pm to 3am. Tel: (058) 867 5357. More info on website.

5. Catch a film at a new outdoor cinema

Fancy an al fresco film now the winter season is finally upon us? The Cinema at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort is a great new option. The open-air cinema, which has its own private bar and cinema snacks menu, is showing classic films every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday until the end of the year.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, JBR, 8pm onwards, Mon, Weds and Sat from Oct 30 to Dec 26, free entry to film only. Tel (04) 399 5555. More info on Facebook.

6. Attend a family-friendly rave

Here’s a rave that’s perfect for the underage crowd. Party Monsters invites parents AND their kids to party hard at this new monthly event at the The Backyard in the Steigenberger Hotel (the first rave kicks off on November 11). There will be both local and international DJs, as well as face painting, a ball pit, giant balloons and even a baby sensory dance floor.

Party Monsters, The Backyard, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Sat Nov 11, 12pm to 5pm, adults Dhs70, children Dhs35, kids under two are free. Tickets available on Platinum List.

7. Visit Dubai’s new cultural district

Al Seef has just opened on the shores of Dubai Creek, and it’s a shopping, dining, and entertainment destination that will eventually be home to 500 shops, floating restaurants, and an authentic souk. While just a handful of vendors are open right now (including Lebanese-Armenian restaurant Mamikonian, The Brass Coffee & Community, and the flagship Bellamia gelato store), this is definitely an area to keep an eye on, as plenty more should be setting up shop in the coming months.

Al Seef, Dubai Creek, adjacent to the Al Fahidi historical district. More info on website.

8. Check out Dubai’s first “ice park”

This could well be Dubai’s “coolest” new attraction. A winter-themed park has just opened at Dubai Garden Glow in Zabeel Park, with a number of sculptures made of ice including a frozen Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and of course, a camel or two. The park is maintained at a chilly -8 degrees, but don’t worry – coats are provided.

Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Park 2, daily 4pm to 12am, Dubai Garden Glow, Dhs60, extra Dhs40 for entry into the ice park. More info on Facebook.

9. Take a tour of Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera has started a series of public tours where visitors and residents can discover the inner workings of the iconic performing arts centre. The daily tours are undertaken in both Arabic and English, and are led by experienced team members who share stories about the building’s design and creation. It’s a good chance to check out the exclusive VIP suite and see the auditorium in all its glory.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, daily 10.30am, Dhs75, Dhs40 children. Tel: (04) 341 4777. More info on website.

10. Snap the ultimate #mydubai selfie

Who doesn’t love a cheeky #mydubai selfie from time to time? Well, now we have the perfect backdrop. There’s a new art installation in the Dubai Design District that features those infamous words, and our guess is that it’s going to become Dubai’s version of the ‘I Amsterdam’ sign. Get in now before the tourists do.

Dubai Design District, located between buildings 5 & 6.  

11. Make a pitstop at the new Last Exit

You know the 1950s-influenced food park Last Exit located in Jebel Ali? Well, now there’s another one located at Exit E11 of Sheikh Zayed Road, with a post-apocalyptic future theme. Dubbed ‘Mad X’, the new park features all manner of end-of-the-world themed decor – including war rigs, monster trucks and flickering TV screens. It’s also home to 11 of Dubai’s top food trucks, with everything from burgers to bao available.

Last Exit E11, Sheikh Zayed Road South, Interchange 11, open 24 hours daily. More info on website.

12. Head to Global Village for the new season

Global Village is back for its 22nd season, and as always, there’s some exciting new additions. There are two brand new pavilions – a Bosnia & Balkans Pavilion and a South Asia Pavilion – representing the cultures of those parts of the world. You can also enjoy a new fun fair experience called Carnival, with 28 new rides and more than 100 arcade games.

Global Village, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Sat to Weds 4pm to 12am, Thurs, Fri, and public holidays 4pm to 1am. Mondays are dedicated to families and ladies only. Nov 1 2017 to April 7 2018, Dhs15, children under 3 and seniors over 65 free. More info on website.

13. Witness a new musical about Dubai

The first ever English language musical about Dubai is now showing at the Madinat Theatre. Amazing Dubai is an hour-long production which reveals the emirate’s journey from a small fishing community to one of the most modern metropolises in the world. The story unfolds through the life and times of an imaginary Dubai family, whose progress parallels that of the city.

Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat, Sat to Thurs, 12pm and 2.30pm, Dhs100, Dhs75 children and adults with Emirates ID, Dhs250 for family of two adults and two children. Tel (04) 366 6546. More info on website.

14. Find your zen at a new outdoor yoga hub

Dubai’s yoga enthusiasts have a new place to gather, thanks to the opening of the city’s first purpose-built outdoor yoga facility. The pergola-style structure is located at Marasi Business Bay, and has been designed specifically for swing yoga. Local studio Piloga is holding free yoga classes at the hub until the end of the year.

Yoga Hub, Marasi Business Bay, Mon 7am to 8am, Wed 7pm to 8pm, free. Bring your own yoga mat. More info on Facebook.

15. Sip sundowners at a new rooftop bar

Now that the weather is finally playing nice, we’re all about the rooftop spots – and a new hidden gem has just popped up in Business Bay. The Secret Terrace, located at Steigenberger Hotel, offers an intimate setting for sundowners, with a neat menu of Thai street food-style bites, pass-arounds and sharing platters. There’s also a ladies’ night every Wednesday, with unlimited drinks from 7pm to midnight for Dhs100.

Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, daily 5pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 369 0000. More info on website.

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