From Madame Tussauds to a garden-inspired mall…
In 2018, we’ve seen the opening of some top attractions across the UAE – Dubai Frame, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, and the world’s first floating hotel, QE2 Dubai, to name just a few.
But there’s plenty more attractions still to come. From iconic waxwork museum Madame Tussauds to brand new theme parks, we’ve rounded up six attractions we can’t wait to see make their Dubai debut…
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First announced back in 2008, famed waxwork museum Madame Tussauds is tipped to open next year on Bluewaters, the island development off The Beach at JBR. While details about who might appear in the first Middle Eastern location are scant, Madam Tussauds typically features a range of famous faces including singers, actors, politicians, sports star and historical figures. The London branch also has many figures from the British royal family – so here in Dubai could we be seeing a double of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai? Fingers crossed…
Six Flags Dubai
Set to join the existing parks at Dubai Parks & Resorts next year is famous American theme park, Six Flags. When it was announced back in 2016, officials said the park will boast “bigger, better, faster, broader than any rides in the world” and will include “at least three world record-breaking rides”. It will feature six rollercoasters, four aerial attractions, a 340-metre long rapids ride, and three performance spaces.
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, 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.
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.
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 and 10 sold-out palaces on Sweden Island, while Switzerland Island 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.
Mohammed bin Rashid Library
Ok, we are so excited about this one. Construction is underway on a huge new world-class library, located in Al Jaddaf (across the Creek from Dubai Festival City). The seven-storey building has been designed to resemble an open book sitting on a rehl – a traditional lectern which holds the Quran. Although an update on opening has not been given, it’s been progressing well and we can’t wait to wile away the day inside when it opens.