From gravity-defying skyscrapers to amazing new attractions, Dubai has some seriously exciting projects in the works…
The world’s tallest building, tallest hotel, largest manmade island and biggest mall can already be found in Dubai, with a new super-sized collection of skyscrapers, the world’s biggest observation wheel and a host of new hotels and restaurants on the way.
But just when you thought Dubai couldn’t get any more wow-worthy, we’ve rounded up some Dubai projects you may have forgotten about, that we can’t wait to see take shape.
Here are 8 epic Dubai projects we can’t wait to hear more about.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard word of this magical new development at Dubai Creek, but Aladdin City is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018. The development, inspired by the ancient legends of fictional heroes Aladdin and Sinbad, is made up of three golden structures designed to look like glimmering genie lamps.
Yes, another mall for Dubai – but with this one, at least we’ll have the excuse that we’re spending time in nature. Cityland Mall – which is being developed by the same people behind Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden – is described as the world’s first “nature-inspired” shopping mall, packed with botanical wonders. It’s expected to be in full bloom by the end of the year.
One of six ‘future projects’ approved back in 2016, Dubai Steps is a stunning architectural building designed to look like, well, steps. It will soar 100 metres above the ground, and will likely be built near Union Square on the Deira side of the Creek (although a confirmed location has not been given). Once finished, there will be 500 steps to climb on the tower, and so it will be an attraction for both tourists and those wanting to get fit. Quads at the ready…
The Heart of Europe
Currently only Lebanon Island on Dubai’s World Islands projects is open for public use, but that’s set to change when the Heart of Europe opens. Masterminded by Austrian developer Kleindienst, it’s spread over six islands. The ‘countries’ that make up the development are Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, St Petersburg and Sweden. The development will be 4km from the coast of Dubai, which will take about 20 minutes by boat. There will be 12 hotels in the development in total, including a ‘six-star’ hotel on Monaco Island, 10 sold-out palaces on Sweden island and Switzerland island that will be temperature controlled so that it is always snowing. Late last year we were advised that snow testing would begin imminently, so we can’t wait to hear how these islands are progressing.
… and Floating Venice
Another project in the World Islands by Austrian developer Kleindienst, The Floating Venice is a Dhs2.5 billion floating resort which will be built near the World Islands. Described as “the world’s first luxury underwater vessel resort”, it will be able to hold 3,000 guests daily, and will be split over four levels (or decks), one of which is underwater. It scheduled to be open at the end of 2020, so we’re hoping to hear a bit more about it this year.
Not content with having the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai is getting yet another world’s tallest tower, aptly named The Tower. The Dhs3.6 billion project is being built in Dubai Creek Harbour, and is scheduled to be ready by 2020.
Museum of the Future
Unveiled in 2015, the architecturally striking Museum of the Future is currently under construction in front of Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road. The large silver structure is designed in the shape of an eye, hollowed out in the middle. At the time of announcement, HH Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter: “Today we have launched Museum of the Future, featuring innovation labs and a permanent exhibit for future inventions. Museum of the Future is integrated environment empowering creative minds to test, fund and market ideas for futuristic prototypes and services. It is a first step of many to come, marking the beginning of great achievements”. It’s set to open in 2019.
Static, this may just look like any other swanky Dubai skyscraper. But what makes Dynamic Tower unique is that the 80-storey building will be the world’s first skyscraper made up of separate rotating floors attached to a central column. Yes, an actual rotating skyscraper where the apartments also rotate within the rotating skyscraper. First proposed back in 2008 by architect David Fisher, the tower is still without a confirmed building site or construction date, but we’d love to see it kick started this year.
And two in Abu Dhabi…
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened its impressive doors in November last year – so could this spur the launch of another long-awaited cultural attraction on Saadiyat Island, The Guggenheim? While no official completion date has been given for the Abu Dhabi outpost of the New York art museum, we’re hoping we’ll see at least some progress this year.
The world’s tallest indoor climbing wall
Extreme sports are about to get even more extreme in the capital. CLYMB, a Dhs367 million indoor attraction on Yas Island, will break two world records when it opens in 2018 – not only will it feature the world’s tallest climbing wall, but the world’s largest flight chamber as well. The climbing section will offer spaces for beginner, intermediate and expert climbers.