Grand hotels fill a landscape surrounded by hot white sands and clear blue seas; with extravagance filling every inch in between, it’s clear to see you’re in Dubai.
This playground of the Middle East has been entertaining holidaymakers for years, but why do people continue to go back?
Aside from the obvious heat and beauty, Dubai is all about change and expansion, and with new things popping up all the time, every holiday is slightly different.
So what’s new for 2014? Here are our seven favourite new things in Dubai this year.
Whereas the indoor/outdoor concept isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination, the Reform Social & Grill have put a new twist on an old concept. The restaurant now holds weekly film nights on the terrace, so you can dine with friends, family or a loved one and take in a movie. It’s free entry and every month centres on a different genre of film.
- Unusual ski methods
The fact you can ski in Dubai is unusual in itself, yet it’s one of the biggest attractions. Where else in the world can you hit the slopes one day and lie on the beach the next? But Ski Dubai has a brand new attraction; the Snow Bullet. Now you can experience a sub-zero zip line, whisking you 150 metres across the slopes, 16 feet in the air.
- Water fun
Sport is a big part of the fun in Dubai, but not your traditional sport obviously. After you’ve hit the new Snow Bullet, why don’t you try out some exciting water sports with new company Sea Riders? With wakeboarding and wakesurfing sessions and lessons available in a specialised boat, the company will soon offer fishing, cruises and luxury yacht charters. The perfect sea day out.
- Dark Golf
No, this isn’t some type of sinister golfing lesson; Emirates Golf Club now offers a night-time golf pass. You can now hit the 18-hole Faldo course every day of the week from 4.05pm. Casual players can enjoy all 18 holes for Dhs425 or nine holes for Dhs255.
- A bar with a view
Rooftop bars aren’t anything new, but Dubai’s latest offering, located on the 40th floor of the H Hotel, is the highest in the city. The beautiful new spot, named 40 Kong, offers guests unparalleled panoramic views of the Dubai landscape, as well as a chilled lounge, and drinks and music until the early hours.
- Dubai Safari
Expected to open towards the latter end of 2014/early 2015, the new Dubai Zoo, titled Dubai Safari, will be an animal extravaganza like no other. Covering 120 hectares of land and featuring more than 1,000 animals and birds, the attraction will encompass a zoo, safari, botanical garden, butterfly park, resort and golf course.
Situated on the banks of Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah, is the new Roman-style amphitheatre. This venue took centre stage in the Sharjah Capital of Islamic Culture celebrations in February of this year, and will also host global events in the near future. The 7,238 metre vicinity includes terraced seating for up to 4,500 spectators, and even houses shopping areas, dining facilities, landscaped areas and a waterfront.
What will Dubai think of next?