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New Attractions Coming to Dubai in 2017

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This year, Dubai plans to surprise its visitors yet again with a host of new attractions, spotlighting the city’s forward-thinking attitude and celebrating its diversity and heritage. Be among the first to experience them and plan your visit soon.
1. Etihad Museum
Opening on 7 January 2017, the sweeping 2.5 hectare Etihad Museum will tell the story of the founding of the United Arab Emirates. Composed of eight permanent pavilions covering the Union’s key moments, a walk through the museum complex brings the nation’s historic narrative to life: from a documentary film about the history of the UAE, to an interactive map and timeline illustrating the area before the formation, to the complexities of the unification process and the creation of the constitution.
2. La Perle by Dragone
The region’s first permanent stage show, which goes live in mid-2017, is going to be nothing short of epic, featuring a custom-built 1,300-seat aqua theatre with a pool filled with 2.5 million litres of water serving as the focal point. The performance will feature 65 artists from 23 countries staging stunts including 35-metre dives and 15 kilometre per hour flights around the auditorium on high-powered winches. The high-octane production will be specially-scripted for the city and is a one-of-a-kind show.
3. Dubai Safari Park
Dubai Safari will be a 119-hectare, 10,000 animal-strong animal park in Al Warqa. The first phase will introduce lions, antelopes, elephants and creatures from Australasia into the park’s environs. The attraction’s vast expanse will comprise an Arabian village, Asian village, African village, Americas village and Australia village, and the scale and assortment of the park is sure to appeal to animal lovers of all ages. Plans are also in place for an on-site hotel, giving visitors the opportunity to truly make the most of the incredible safari experience.
4. Holy Quran Park
Holy Quran Park has been designed from an Islamic perspective, with the aim of educating Muslim and non-Muslim visitors about the Quran and elaborate on the stories it recounts. The park will feature numerous facilities including an Islamic garden, children’s play areas, Umrah corner, outdoor theatre, miracle show area, recitations of stories from the Quran, fountains, glasshouse, desert garden, lake, palm oasis, and running and cycling tracks. The Islamic Garden will feature an impressive 51 of the 54 varieties of plants and trees mentioned in the Quran. In addition, a special air-conditioned tunnel named ‘the miracles of Quran’, will recount stories from the Holy Book.
5. Bulgari Resort and Residences Dubai
A symbol of opulence and exquisite craftsmanship, Bulgari’s inaugural property in Dubai will add a new dimension to the city’s hospitality sector. The luxury landmark will be located on the sea-horse shaped Jumeirah Bay Island. The expansive 1.7 million square foot complex will be framed by lush landscaped gardens and comprise 101 rooms and suites in the main hotel buildings, as well as 20 hotel villas and a full range of luxury hotel facilities. It is also set to be hot property among prospective homeowners, featuring 165 apartments, eight penthouses and 15 mansions, all offering magnificent views.
6. Madame Tussauds Dubai
Home to the waxy doppelgängers of Barack Obama, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Shah Rukh Khan, Kim Kardashian, Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi, to name a few, Madame Tussaud’s will be making its way to Dubai to open its Middle Eastern outpost. Set to be located on Bluewaters Island, next to what will be the world’s biggest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, Madame Tussauds Dubai will be a must-visit once it opens.
7. R Hotels Resort & Spa
Dubai is building its reputation for affordable luxury with the announcement of the first four-star resort and spa on Palm Jumeirah, to be developed by R Hotels. Located on the East Crescent of the man-made island, the new property will feature 259 rooms and modern recreational facilities including a spa, gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam bath. It is also focusing on holistic treatments, offering guests a refreshing wellness platform, plus fitness and nutrition programmes.
8. Dubai Crocodile Park
A haven for reptiles, Dubai Crocodile Park will be home to a group of impressive Nile Crocs, which are the largest fresh water crocodiles in the world. The 20,000 square metre park will be built as a natural habitat with the animals grouped so that they can reproduce as they would in the wild. The setting also allows the park to double up as a research institute for schools, universities and scientists.
9. Gate Avenue in DIFC
Retail therapy is part and parcel of the Dubai experience, and the upcoming Gate Avenue at DIFC, a premium lifestyle, cultural and entertainment boulevard, is geared to take the city’s retail and lifestyle offerings to the next level. The project will include indoor and outdoor themed walkways, over 200 dining, boutique, retail and entertainment options and an iconic new mosque. In addition to a retail district, the avenue is also being planned as a showcase of arts and cultural events, live music performances and festivals.
10. Hot Air Ballooning and Falconry
Combining the thrill of hot air ballooning with the centuries-old sport of falconry, this new experience promises plenty of altitudinal thrills. A partnership between Balloon Adventures Dubai and Land Rover, the AED1,100 per person experience is a dawn ride across the desert in a hot air balloon along with a falconry display followed by a drive in a vintage Land Rover and a gourmet breakfast.