From long-awaited openings to fresh dining spots, deals, and places to party, we bring you our monthly round-up of new things to do in Dubai.
1. See a stunning new laser show
The stunning light and laser part of the Burj Khalifa’s New Year’s Eve show will be repeated until the end of March. Beamed onto the Burj five times a week from Tuesday to Saturday, there will be three shows per day; the original New Year’s Eve version as well as two new shows. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the shows will be at 7.15pm, 8pm and 9.15pm, and from Thursday to Saturday at 6.45pm, 8pm and 9.45pm.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, 7.15pm, 8pm and 9.15pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 6.45pm, 8pm and 9.45pm, Thursday to Saturday. mydubainewyear.com
2. Check in for a staycation at a brand new hotel
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The hotly anticipated W hotel is set to open on the Palm in January. Guests can bask in Arabian Gulf or Dubai skyline views from the extensive terrace of one of the resort’s 350 guest rooms, including 58 suites. There will be a big leisure and spa focus here, with the region’s first AWAY Spa which combines a lively atmosphere with the ultimate pampering experience, a wet deck that sets the scene for poolside play, two celebrity chef led restaurants and a state-of-the-art gym.
W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, opening January 2019. Tel: (052) 366 7768. marriott.com
3. Check out a new Dubai neighbourhood
Found at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, facing Atlantis, The Palm, The Pointe is a new destination by master developer Nakheel, promising 1.4 million square feet of shopping dining and leisure activities. A cinema, gym, childrens play area and a handful of restaurants and shops are already open, with around 70 venues expected to be operating when the destination is complete.
The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, now open. thepointe.ae
4. Smell the roses at Dubai Miracle Garden
Another of the city’s top winter attractions, Dubai Miracle Garden, has just opened for its seventh season. The unique outdoor destination, which contains around 100 million blooms, has a new theme every year – this year it’s a reimagined Disney Avenue, where the record-breaking Mickey Mouse sculpture from last year will be joined by some friends. Other new features include a floral castle which houses a garden dining experience, a new amphitheatre for putting on shows, as well as life-sized floral elephants that will spray water from their trunks.
Dubai Miracle Garden, Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand. Dhs50 for adults, Dhs45 for children under 12. Tel: (04) 422 8902. dubaimiraclegarden.com
5. Tuck in at a new restaurant by a celebrity chef
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Gordon Ramsay fans, get excited. You can now dine at the Dubai outpost of his famous Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, which has opened its doors at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. The new restaurant promises “the same combination of show-stopping theatre and world-class cooking as its original Las Vegas location” and is open daily from 7am to 10.30am, for lunch from midday until 3.30pm, and for dinner from 6pm until 10.30pm.
Hell’s Kitchen, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters Island, daily 7am to 10.30am, 12pm to 3.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 556 6666. caesars.com/dubai
6. Make the most of a new ladies’ day
Playa Nomade is Dubai’s new nomadic beach club, and it’s open for business with a top ladies’ day deal every Thursday. For Dhs150 ladies can enjoy free flowing cocktails from 1pm to 5pm, as well as one lunch dish from a ladies’ day menu. Plus, if you’re quick enough, the first 50 ladies will get a free massage too.
Playa Nomade, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 1pm to 5pm, Thursdays. Tel: (054) 449 6464.Facebook.com/playanomadedubai
7. And a fabulous new ladies’ night
Jungle-inspired Mamazonia is the latest opening in Pier 7, and it’s new ladies’ night needs to be on your Pier 7 circuit. All ladies receive two complimentary drinks between 6pm and 1am, plus if you opt to dine you’ll get a two further drinks plus 50 per cent off a main course.
Mama Zonia, Level 2, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 11pm, Tuesdays. Tel: (04) 240 4747. Facebook.com/Mamazoniadxb
8. Party hard at a new club night
Two party powerhouses are set to come together for a brand new night this January, and it’s sure to become your go-to place to party every Saturday. Candypants will launch Crazy Land at Base Dubai on Saturday January 12, promising a ‘kaleidoscopic background of the jungle and sea, stunning pyrotechnics and pumping house and pop music’, which sounds like a winning combination to us.
Crazy Land at Base Dubai, Dubai Design District, 10pm to 4am, Saturdays from January 12. BaseDubai.com
9. Breakfast at a DIFC hotspot
You might know BB for its delicious dinner menu, but from January, the cosy DIFC social dining spot is going to be opening its doors for breakfast too. Available every Friday and Saturday from 8am until noon, the menu will feature a la carte options such as a rainbow stack of pancakes and a four cheese spinach pretzel, with dishes available from Dhs30.
BB Social Dining, Gate Village Building 8, DIFC, Dubai, 8am to 12pm, Fridays and Saturdays, from Dhs30. Tel: (04) 407 4444. thisisbb.com
10. Take a trip to Dubai’s Love Lakes
Dubai has a new attraction that’s already at the top of our must-visit list. Found in Al Qudra, there are two man-made lakes which have been shaped into two interlocking hearts. The Love Lake is a short distance from the Last Lake of Al Qudra, and if it wasn’t romance-inducing enough in the shape of a heart, ‘Love’ has also been spelled out in trees next to it.
Love Lake, Al Qudra, Dubai. Location here
11. Join a new foodie club
Dedicated Dubai foodies will already know about Frying Pan Adventures, the company that offers excellent food tours of Old Dubai. And now the team has launched a new community programme called “Sufra”, featuring a nine-month menu of limited edition food and culture experiences. Unlike the normal guided tours, these experiences will have more of a community focus. There will be Friday morning breakfasts, road trips beyond Dubai, visits to lesser-known neighbourhoods, interactive cooking demonstrations and more. Check out the full programme here.
Sufra by Frying Pan Adventures, Dhs990 for full nine-month membership, or from Dhs200 for individual events. fryingpanadventures.com/sufra
12. Book a table at a brand new seaside brunch
Villamore is laid back luxe at it’s best. The seaside spot is perched on the edge of the Emerald Palace Kempinski resort and brings a slice of Mediterranean style dining to Dubai. Every Friday it runs its new Barefoot Luxury Lunch from 1.30pm to 4.30pm serving unlimited trips to the antipasti room, a la carte main and desserts to share.
Villamore, Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Fridays, Dhs375 soft, Dhs475 house, Dhs575 sparkling. Tel: (04) 248 8890. villamoredubai.com
13. Sip sundowners at a new rooftop bar
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Found right under Ain Dubai you’ll find The London Project, a split-level restaurant and bar that’s just opened its doors. Inspired by ‘the form of a living tree’, The London Project is a garden-inspired space, completely kitted out with colourful artworks, leafy foliage and exotic flowers. As well as being a social space, the Gin Garden will also house its own gin distillery, producing The London Project gin. On the bar shelves, you’ll also be able to find specially selected craft beers, including a selection from London’s first craft brewery, Meantime.
The London Project, Bluewaters, off JBR, Dubai Marina, now open. thelondonproject.com
14. Create your own scoop at the Magnum store
Ice cream fans can now create their very own scoop with the launch of the first ever Magnum store in the UAE. Located at the front of VOX cinemas in Mall of the Emirates, the new permanent store is kitted out in Magnum’s signature gold and brown colours, complete with a ‘dipping bar’. The dipping bar, which has become an icon across pop-up Magnum stores around the globe, allows guests to create their own personalised magnum with a choice of ice cream, chocolate coating and up to 18 premium toppings.
Magnum store, Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, daily, Dhs25. Facebook.com/Magnumarabia
15. Have a cuppa at a hip new cafe
Healthy foodies will love Urth Caffe, the brand new cafe at City Walk. The Los Angeles export, which also has venues in Saudi Arabia and Japan, is considered one of the top organic heirloom coffee roasters in the US. The brand uses all-natural ingredients across its lines of chemical-free coffees and teas. Expect plenty of health-conscious yet tasty creations, such as matcha pancakes, wild mushroom pizza baked in the in-house wood-fire pizza oven, and even vegan chocolate cake. As well as the delicious-looking heirloom coffees, we also spied some bubble tea on the menu (yum)…
Urth Caffe, City Walk, daily 8am to midnight. Tel: (04) 589 7413. @urthcaffedubai