Try something new: 10 brilliant new things to do in Dubai

Fresh dining spots, a new shopping destination and much more… 

A new month brings a list of new things to do in Dubai and we couldn’t be more delighted to share information with our readers on the latest and greatest.

Here are 10 new things to do in Dubai this month:

1. Head to The Pods

the pods dubai

The Pods have been the talk of the town and it’s finally opening on May 1. Haven’t heard of The Pods? Well, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience opening on Bluewaters Island where you will dine in a luxury pod. Pan-Asian cuisine is on the menu with flavours from China, Japan and Thailand with a ‘modern touch’.  The sleek black pods are lined with cushy green sofas surrounding a central table. There’s also an indoor bar area which can seat up to 30 people. Amongst the cool black fittings and mood lighting, there’s a canopy of foliage for that extra Instagrammability.

The Pods, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, opening May 1. @thepodsdubai

2. Eat your heart out at Dubai Food Festival

dubai food festival

Foodies, get excited: the citywide Dubai Food Festival is returning to the city taking place from May 2 to 15. Residents and visitors will be able to explore the best of Dubai’s drinking and dining scene across two weeks of top events. At popular Dubai Restaurant Week, you’ll be able to sample set menus from some of the city’s top restaurants for a fraction of the usual price. You can even become the master of your own kitchen with Foodie Experiences by taking part in workshops across a breadth of cuisines and so much more.

Discover more here

3. Book a staycay at W Dubai – Mina Seyahi

W Dubai mina seyahi

Looking for a brand-new hotel to enjoy a staycation? W Dubai – Mina Seyahi should shoot to the top of your list. Located on Dubai’s Mina Seyahi waterfront, the vibrant new hotel promises just as much character as its sibling properties, W Dubai – The Palm and W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. You can read and see more during our exclusive reveal here and visit this link here to make your booking.

W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 399 4141. marriott.com

4. Visit new laid-back seaside spot – Laguna Lounge

Step into Laguna Lounge on the sands of Sofitel Dubai The Palm and you will be teleported to the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean. By day, you can enjoy a dip in the water or soak in the sun and views in cushy private cabanas while tucking into Mediterranean fare. By night, the lounge trasforms into a trendy beach bar with live DJ sets providing the beats as you slurp on fruity sips.

Laguna Lounge, Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (0)4 455 6677, sofitel-dubai-the-palm.com

5. Check out a new Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain show

Burj Khalifa laser show

If you love visiting the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain show at every Dubai Mall visit, you’ll love this news. Over the long Eid weekend, there is a new perfectly choreographed LED light show and fountain show for you to check out. It will take place every night over the long weekend at 8pm. Additional shows have also been added taking place every hour during the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm and every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm.

Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (800) 3822 46255. @burjkhalifa 

6. Dine at Trove – the artsy new Dubai Mall restaurant

Gastronomy meets art at Trove at The Dubai Mall. The newly opened restaurant brags a menu of international cuisines overseen by Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Doğukan Duguncu. There are three different sections to choose from: a pretty restaurant packed with colourful furnishings, a relaxing shisha lounge and the largest alfresco terrace in Dubai Mall, which offers a front-row seat to the world’s biggest fountain show. You can find it on the ground floor at the Fashion Avenue extension of the Dubai Mall.

Trove, Ground Floor, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 347 7444. @thetrove

7. Shop at the new Gold Souk Extension

Dubai Gold Souk

There are plenty of reasons to visit Old Dubai and we’ve just been given another reason. Gold Souk located at Dubai’s historic district has had an extension while maintaining its Old Dubai charm and cultural characteristics of the original souk. The Gold Souk now has 295 more stores to check out including jewellery stores, speciality restaurants and much more. If you visit before March 8 you will be treated to a line-up of entertainment, activations and promotions.

Dubai Gold Souk, Deira, Dubai. @depdubai 

8. Pay a visit to (Museum of) the Moon

museum of the moon

Missed the iconic Museum of the Moon the last time it was in the city? We have great news as it is set to shine once again at OliOli over Eid Al Fitr in May. The Museum of the Moon is an activation created by artist Luke Jerram who created the five-meter accurate replica of the moon by fusing imagery from detailed NASA pictures of the lunar surface. Visit before May 8.

OliOli, Al Quoz 1, close to Oasis Centre Mall, Dubai. Tel:(0)4 702 7300. olioli.ae

9. Soak in classical music at a music festival at Dubai Opera

InClassica International Music Festival

Classical music aficionados, you’re in for a real treat. The InClassica International Music Festival is back at the stunning Dubai Opera showcasing renowned musicians from across the globe. The four-week celebration of world-classical music performances and international collaboration will see a number of consecutive concerts taking place in the evening that will please both your ears and your soul. The music festival runs from May 8 to June 2 with ticket prices starting from Dhs180. Expect well-known and popular classics and contemporary masterpieces including works by Verdi, Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Strauss and Dvořák from 50 world-renowned soloists and 11 celebrated conductors. Read more here.

Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai, Dubai, May 8 to June 2, performance begins at 8pm, Tel: (0)4 440 8888.  

10. Go on a multi-sensory artistic vision of the future at ToDA

Digital Extravaganza toda

Fans of digital art, ToDA has a new show for you. As you know, Dubai is home to plenty of futuristic developments, but it isn’t the only city with dreamers envisioning the future. This is why the digital art theatre had an open call for artists to send in their artistic visions of the future. The list has been whittled down and from May 13 to August 31, you can visit Digital Extravaganza where you will be treated to creations by world-renowned digital artists with their vision of the future. You can read more about the new exhibition here. Book your tickets here.

Theatre of Digital Art, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, May 13 to August 31, 11am to 11pm, Dhs100 per adult, Dhs50 per child, Tel: (0)4 277 4044. toda.ae

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