From a new Irish Village to a burger joint from Nusr-Et, here are some new hangouts to get excited about…

Guess what people of Dubai? Riverland is now open.

What’s that, you ask? Well it’s the shopping and dining part of Dubai Parks & Resorts, the huge new theme park complex in Jebel Ali.

So far just Legoland and Riverland are open at Dubai Parks: we’ll have to wait until November 15 for Bollywood Parks, Legoland Water Park and the Lapita Hotel to open. And the Hollywood-themed Motiongate? That won’t be open until Friday December 16.

While Riverland is open, it’s not fully open, so far only McDonald’s, Starbucks, The Bagel Bar Coffee House, Leopolds of London, Haru, WokChi, Tortilla, Ella’s Creamery, 800 Degrees Pizza, Fuzziwigs and Galitos are operating.

You won’t have to wait long though, the rest of the outlets will open gradually week by week, and we imagine it’ll be fully functioning by the end of the year.

Here’s every outlet you’ll find at Riverland once it’s fully open (we’ll keep you updated on when that will be)…


The restaurants in this 19th-century-themed part of Riverland are all licensed…

Katsuya by Starck


Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi will be creating the dishes, while design legend Phillipe Starck has done the interior design. There are currently two Katsuya restaurants in Kuwait (pictured), and there used to be one in Downtown Dubai.


A French cafe and brasserie with a focus on southern French and Med’ cuisine.

The Irish Village


Another Irish Village?! That’s right, the Garhoud legend (pictured) is now going to be in Jebel Ali too. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s open.

The Boardwalk

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800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

You may know this pizza from Mall of the Emirates – it’s fresh, has some integrity to its crust, and most of all it’s fast. 

Ella’s Creamery

An ice cream spot inspired by the parlours of 1950s and 1960s America.

Famous Dave’s

A steakhouse that takes its marinades and grills very seriously.

Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory

Watch caramel apples, fudge and chocolates being made at this interactive store.



A flame-grilled chicken spot that marinates its birds for 24 hours. (There’s already one in Business Bay.)

Milas Restaurant

Modern Emirati cuisine.

Nusr-Et Burger


A burger offshoot of the excellent Nusr-Et restaurant at the Four Seasons Dubai (there’s already a Nusr-Et Burger in Istanbul and it’s very popular).

Shake Shack

You all know this one.

Sun Eye

A sunglass spot.

Super Chix

Chicken burgers, hand-cut fries and frozen custards.

Tarsam Image

You’ll find gadgets, electronics and accessories here.

Tom’s Kitchen Deli


From Tom Aikens of Pots, Pans & Boards fame, this will be a deli with a foodie twist. Think posh sandwiches and the like.


Cali-style Mexican – the place to go for burritos and tacos.

French Village



In case you need to grab something from the pharmacy.

I Love Dubai

The place to get your memorabilia Burj Khalifa.


For all your flip flop needs.

Le Pain Quotidien

Salads, soups, coffee and lots of French bread.

Leopolds of London

All-day dining and 75 types of tea from 45 countries.


We’re pretty sure you already know what this one is.

Olive Garden


An American-Italian chain: we go for the breadsticks.



The Bagel Bar Coffee House

For when you want some round carbs and a cup of Joe.

Wired Up

They’ll make you customsied name jewellery in five minutes.

India Gate


Al Mashowa

They specialise in Emirati seafood (and shisha).

Bol Gappa

Contemporary Indian fusion food with a Bollywood vibe.

Feet First

A reflexology massage spot – go here to get your feet rubbed after trekking around the theme parks.



Japanese cuisine with a teppan table and all.

Jamba Juice

Freshly-squeezed juices.


A souvenir store selling handicrafts and more.


Seafood, seafood and more seafood.


Dim sum, stir fry and loads of other Pan-Asian options.

Want to know where to find all of this? Well here’s where it is…


To put the location into perspective, it’s about a 35 minute drive from Mall of the Emirates.

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