From long-awaited openings 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 Frame
After much anticipation, Dubai’s newest – and most picture-perfect – landmark is finally open. Located in Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame consists of two 150-metre high towers, connected by a 93-metre glass bridge at the top. An elevator takes visitors up to the bridge, where you can admire the panoramic views over old and new Dubai. There’s also a museum on the ground floor that showcases the city’s transformation from fishing village to thriving metropolis.
Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park, daily 10am to 7pm, Dhs50, Dhs20 for children, free entry for elderly, kids under 3 and people of determination. More info on Instagram.
2. Take a tour of Dubai Safari
Dubai Safari is another long-awaited attraction that opened its gates in December to much fanfare. The wildlife park is currently home to 2,000 animals representing 250 species from all over the world, with more to arrive in the coming months. You’ll also find the world’s first drive-thru crocodile exhibit, the UAE’s largest aviary exhibit, and the UAE’s only drive-thru hippo and tiger exhibit.
Dubai Safari, Al Warquaa 5 district, opposite The Farm, near Dragon Mart, daily 9am to 9pm, tickets priced from Dhs20 to Dhs85, free entry for elderly, kids under 3 and people of determination. More info on website.
3. 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. Dhs60 regular adult tickets, Dhs30 ages 13 to 22, free for those under 13. Tel: (600) 56 55 66. More info on website.
4. Party hard at a new superclub
Brand new nightlife concept Soho Garden is now open within the grounds of Meydan, and already it’s one of the city’s hottest places to see and be seen. The first phase of the project features a daytime pool area and four bars – a Glasshouse Bar, Bellini Bar, Tiki Bar and Negroni Bar. But there’s still more to come. When fully operational, Soho Garden will also have a 10,000 capacity concert stage, nightclubs, pools and several other restaurants and bars. Definitely one to keep an eye on, party people.
Soho Garden, Meydan, Dubai, 5pm to 3am, every Friday, free entry. Tel: (056) 82 22 559. More info on Facebook.
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Enjoy sundowners at a new licensed spot
Speaking of La Mer, we were super excited to learn that the destination’s first licensed restaurant and lounge is now open. Masti, which means ‘fun and mischief’ in Hindi, is a two-storey venue with an unlicensed restaurant and terrace on the ground floor, which is open all day, and a licensed lounge with outdoor seating upstairs, which opens from 5pm (there’s also a dedicated gin room). Sounds like the perfect time for sundowners…
Masti, La Mer, daily noon to midnight. Tel: 800 62784. More info on website.
9. 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.
10. Soak up the sun at a 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.
11. Visit Dubai’s new cultural district
Al Seef has 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.
12. 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.
13. Book a table at a new Saturday brunch
Saturday brunch is the new Friday brunch, and you can get a taste of Spain at the new Tapas & Paella brunch at El Sur in The Westin. As the name would suggest, there’s a variety of tapas and paella served to the table, with indoor and outdoor dining options available. For more Saturday brunches, check out our list here.
The Westin, Dubai Mina Seyahi, Mon 7pm to 9.30pm, Dhs265 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (04) 399 7700. More info on website.
14. Get a second serving of Black Tap
Black Tap was one of the city’s favourite new restaurants when it first opened in Jumeirah Al Naseem in February 2017. Now, a second branch of the New York export has opened in the Rixos Premium on JBR, serving up the same epic burgers and gravity-defying freakshakes. The opening of Black Tap completes an already impressive line-up of restaurants, clubs and bars that have turned the Rixos Premium into quite the foodie destination.
Black Tap, Rixos Premium, JBR, daily 11am to 12am. Tel: (04) 520 0000. More info on website.
15. Swing by a new gents’ night
That’s right, the concept is no longer exclusive to the ladies. Funky fusion tapas bar Cuisinero Uno has launched a brand new Monday gents’ night, Broman’s Day. From 8pm, guys can enjoy a free drink upon arrival, as well as a special three-course menu for Dhs150. For more gents’ nights in Dubai, check out our list here.
Cuisinero Uno, 2nd Floor, Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, 8pm onwards, Mondays. Tel: (04) 431 7816. More info on Facebook.