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


From long-awaited openings to fresh dining spots and destinations, we bring you our monthly round-up of new things to do in Dubai.

1. Check out the world’s new tallest hotel

At 356 metres high, Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road is the world’s new tallest hotel – yes, it just beats JW Marriott Marquis by one metre. The new hotel boasts a rooftop viewing deck, offering spectacular views of the city. Tickets for the viewing deck are priced at Dhs100 for adults and Dhs50 for children, which includes a voucher for a pastry tray and drink at the Le Veryon Cafe.

Gevora Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre area. Viewing deck open daily from 10am to 9pm. More info on website.

2. Visit a new lakefront destination

A brand new destination called The Yard has just opened in Dubai’s Al Khawaneej area. Blending a rural farm environment with urban accents, The Yard is home to a rustic courtyard, a farmers’ market, a bakery, a lake and shaded walking trails. There’s also some awesome street art to be found, and even a ‘Promise Bridge’ where you can hang love locks. Definitely one for Instagram.

The Yard, Last Exit D89, Al Khawaneej. More info on website.

3. See a giant floral Mickey Mouse

Dubai Miracle Garden recently unveiled a super-sized version of Disney’s beloved Mickey Mouse. The 18-metre floral statue is made up of almost 100,000 flowers and weighs close to 35 tonnes. It’s been awarded the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest Supported Topiary Sculpture.

Dubai Miracle Garden, Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand. Open until the end of May. Dhs45 for adults, Dhs35 for children under 12. Tel: (04) 422 8902.

4. Take in the views from Dubai Frame

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 9am to 9pm, Dhs50, Dhs20 for children, free entry for elderly, kids under 3 and people of determination. More info on Instagram.

5. Explore La Mer

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La Mer, the new beachfront district in Jumeirah 1, is looking amazing. There are so many cool restaurants, cafes and shops open there now, and the colourful seaside spot recently played host to the Dubai Canvas street art festival. Head along in the evening when the area is lit up with fairy lights.

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

6. Enjoy bowling and beers at this new licensed spot

A licensed bowling alley has just opened at The Westin in Al Habtoor City. The 44 Dubai is a sports bar inspired by retro gentlemen’s clubs, and it’s also home to a double lane bowling alley. At 44 floors high, it’s also the tallest bowling alley in the world. Strike!

The 44, The Westin, Al Habtoor City, daily 12pm to 2am. Minimum spend of Dhs300 per group on food and drink up until 7.30pm, Dhs600 from 7.30pm until 2am. Tel: (054) 5811 758. More info on Facebook.

7. Take a tour of Dubai Safari

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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.

8. Party hard at a new superclub

Famous superclub 1 Oak is the latest in a string of massive openings in Dubai’s nightlife scene. This one is a bit of a celebrity hotspot – the New York, LA and Las Vegas branches have welcomed guests including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Rihanna. The Dubai venue will open in the JW Marriott Marquis on March 6, occupying the spot that was formerly home to VIP Room.

1 OAK, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, 11pm to 3am, Tuesday March 6 opening, invitation only. More info on website.

 9. Head along to a new ladies’ day

A new Thursday ladies’ day has just launched at FIVE Palm Jumeirah – and we think it might just be the most luxurious ladies’ day offering we’ve ever seen. The Dhs149 deal runs from 1pm to 5pm. Ladies can enjoy the oh-so-Instagrammable hotel infinity pool, as well as four hours of unlimited cocktails and sangria. A two-course a la carte lunch is also included at the recently-opened Praia Lounge, which has stunning views out across the Palm and back towards Dubai Marina.

Secret Parties at Praia, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, 1pm to 5pm, Thursdays, Dhs149. Tel: (058) 870 0708. More info on Facebook.

10. Swing by this art cafe in Barsha South

Everyone’s talking about Cabin. Run by a charismatic British artist named Jonathan Gent, Cabin is a part-studio, part-cafe that serves up really great food (like cheeseburger and chili burger sliders and salmon tacos – yum), including a mean all-day breakfast. Dogs are also welcome.

15 Maisan Towers, Al Barsha South, Monday to Sunday 7.30am to 7pm. More info on website.

11. 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.

12. Indulge in a new evening brunch

Publique, the Alpine-themed restaurant in the Madinat Jumeirah, has just launched a new evening brunch that takes place every night of the week (including Friday and Saturday). Expect hearty dishes including cheese raclette and fondue, combined with the warm and rustic vibes of a mountain lodge.

Publique, Madinat Jumeirah, evening brunch daily 8pm to 11pm, Dhs295 with a minimum booking of six, includes all house beverages. Tel: (04) 430 8550. More info on website.

13. 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, 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.

14. Book a table at a stylish new restaurant

Mina Brasserie, the brand new concept by award-winning American chef Michael Mina, has just opened in the Four Seasons DIFC. Serving lunch and dinner, it’s a contemporary brasserie serving up international dishes in both its indoor restaurant and leafy outdoor terrace. Menu highlights include za’taar salmon and caviar with shallot potato cake, pickled onion and cucumber yogurt; tuna tartare with pine nuts, garlic, mint and sesame-habanero oil; and wood-fired lamb chops.

Gate Village 8, DIFC, Dubai, Saturday to Wednesday noon to midnight, Thursday and Friday noon to 1am. Tel: (04) 407 4444. More info on website.

15. Head to an outdoor movie

Outdoor Cinema Dubai is back, and this season they’re screening a collection of classics at the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai Marina. Screenings are every Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the Habtoor Grand’s Beach Lawn with screenings beginning at 7.30PM. Films showing this month include Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, Pitch Perfect and Forrest Gump.

Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai Marina, 7.30pm onwards, tickets for Dhs75. Tel (050) 213 5816. More info on website.

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