From adrenaline-pumping activities to fresh dining spots and places to party, we bring you our monthly round-up of new things to do in Dubai.
1. Whizz over Marina on the world’s longest urban zipline
Adrenaline junkies of Dubai, this is one new addition to the city you won’t want to miss. You can now book your spot on XLine Dubai Marina, the epic 1km zipline stretching from the top of JBR’s Amwaj towers to the terrace of Dubai Marina Mall. The new zipline features an incline of 16° and reaches an average speed of 80 kilometres per hour – so it’s definitely one for speed fiends. Oh, and it’s a double line, which means you can even fly with a friend. Wheeeeee!
2. Get your dose of culture at The Louvre Abu Dhabi
Ok, so it’s not in Dubai (click here for our handy guide on getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi) – but after 10 years in the making, we could hardly leave out the eagerly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened its magnificent doors in November. The Saadiyat Island art museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, is the first foreign outpost of the iconic institution in Paris, and boasts more than 600 artworks, including 300 on loan from 13 museums in France.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District, 10am to 8pm Sat to Wed, 10am to 10pm Thurs and Fri, closed Mon. Dhs6o regular adult tickets, Dhs30 ages 13 to 22, free for those under 13. Tel: (600) 56 55 66. More info on website.
3. See the Dubai Fountain up closer than ever before
It doesn’t matter how many times we see them – we still love the Dubai Fountain shows (our favourite is the Enrique Iglesias ‘Hero’ show – gets us right in the feels). Now you can enjoy the best possible view of the action, thanks to the opening of the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk. The 272-metre floating viewing platform lets you watch the show from just nine metres away (and considering the water show reaches heights of 152 metres, that’s mighty close).
The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk, next to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, 5pm to 11pm daily. Dhs20 per person. More info on website.
4. Check out Dubai’s beautiful new beachfront destination
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.
5. Have a truly Japanese experience at Dubai Opera
A tiny Japanese restaurant has just opened at Dubai Opera, and it really is quite unlike any other in the city. With just eight tables and 28 seats, Kohantei offers a special “kaiseki” menu – traditional, multi-course dining. Expect shoes off at the door, tatami mats, and kimono-clad servers. As for the food, the restaurant’s primary focus is wagyu, with meat sourced from the best farmers in Japan. If you’ve ever spent time in Japan – or are even just a little bit interested in Japanese culture – the whole experience is a must.
Dubai Opera District, Downtown Dubai, Mon to Sat 12.30pm to 3pm, 6.30pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 2435941. More info on Facebook.
6. Catch a film at a new outdoor cinema
Fancy an al fresco film now that the winter season is finally upon us? The Cinema at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort is a fantastic new option. The open-air cinema, which has its own private bar and cinema snacks menu, will be 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.
7. Lose yourself in a new urban maze
Feel like you’ve tackled every escape room in town? Here’s a brand new challenge for you. Jumble is described as the “world’s first indoor urban maze”, promising all sorts of twists, turns and mind-bending challenges. Teams of three to six people must work together to progress through a series of rooms, each one containing a physical challenge or problem to solve.
Jumble, Al Barsha 1, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Sun to Wed 2pm to 10pm, Thurs to Sat 2pm to midnight. Dhs149 per person two-hour pass, Dhs199 per person four-hour pass. More info on website.
8. Soak up the sun at a brand new beach club
We love a good sunbathing spot in Dubai, and this new luxury beach club looks like an absolute treat. Located in the swanky One&Only Royal Mirage, DRIFT is described as a destination where “luxury beach chic meets casual simplicity”. There’s an infinity pool, 1km of prime beachfront real estate, and a restaurant and bar serving up Provencal cuisine and interesting cocktails. Don’t mind if we do…
DRIFT, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh. Pool and beach open daily 10.30am to 7pm, restaurant open daily 12.30pm to 7pm. Packages start from Dhs250 for sunlounger with beach and pool access Sun to Thurs, Dhs300 Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 315 2200. More info on website.
9. 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.
10. Swing by a cool new cafe in D3
As much about contemporary design as it is about Italian food, there’s a new casual cafe to check out in the Dubai Design District. Following the flagship concept in Milan, LARTE Dubai offers an all-day dining experience combining counter service and a full-service trattoria. As well as a selection of traditional vegetarian, vegan, seafood and meat options, expect some more uncommon Italian dishes, including the oven-baked Ziti Ragu, the Truffled Clams Casarecce and their take on a French toast using Italian Panettone for dessert.
Building 10, Dubai Design District (D3), Sun to Thurs, 8am to 11pm, Fri and Sat, 10am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 240 0441. More info on website.
11. Check out Dubai’s very 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.
12. Book a table at a new Friday brunch
We already know and love 7Elephants in DIFC for their excellent business lunch and ladies’ night deals, and now they’ve thrown a Friday brunch into the mix. Covering some of the world’s biggest culinary hotspots, you can taste a variety of plates from the seven traders: Indian, Balinese, Arabic, British, Italian, Spanish and Mexican. There’s also an after-brunch unlimited beverages package for Dhs195 to ensure the party keeps going on the market floor.
7Elephants, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Friday 12pm to 4pm. Dhs195 non-alcoholic, Dhs295 including alcohol, Dhs495 including Champagne Moet & Chandon, Dhs125 kids aged up to 15 (kids under eight free). Tel: (04) 354 4354. More info on Facebook.
13. Head to Global Village for the new season
Global Village is back for its 22nd season, and as always, there are 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.
14. Find your zen at a new outdoor yoga hub
Dubai’s yoga enthusiasts have a new place to get their stretch on, 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. Hit up a brand new happy hour (well, eight hours)
We were sad to learn that JLT hotspot Cocktail Kitchen had closed its doors, but new craft beer bar and restaurant Axe House looks to be a worthy replacement. Brought to you by the same people behind Lucky Voice, Axe House is described as a a casual dining concept with ‘wholesome dishes, experimental cocktails and a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere’. Best of all, they’re kicking things off with two-for-one drinks every day between 12pm and 8pm.
Axe House, Armada Blue Bay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 3999 577. More info on Facebook.