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10 new Dubai attractions opening by 2021

Tue, October 13, 2020

Dubai has dozens of new projects coming up but here are some of the most-anticipated ones to look forward to.

Dubai has dozens of new projects coming up but here are some of the most-anticipated ones to look forward to.


The View at The Palm

Standing proudly 240m above Palm Jumeirah, The View is a brand new observation tower that will present the best vistas of the island (at least without being in or jumping out of a plane).

The View is located at the top of Palm Tower, by far the highest structure on the Palm Jumeirah. The observation platform on the 52nd floor will give 360-degree views out to sea and of the stunning Dubai Marina skyline.

Where: Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah

Opening: 2021


The Arts Club Dubai

Dubai can add another feather to its cultural cap with the opening of The Arts Club later in 2020. It will be the first ever international branch of one of London’s most famous private member’s clubs – founded in 1863, The Arts Club once counted Charles Dickens as a member and today boasts a community of high-profile actors, performers and creators.

The Dubai club will occupy four floors of ICD Brookfield Place at Dubai International Financial Centre, including the rooftop that will house a lively nightspot. Open 365 days a year, get ready for a new social calendar filled with talks, exhibitions, tastings, workshops, entertainment and more. Start figuring out how to get an invitation from now...

Where: DIFC, Downtown Dubai

Opening: Late 2020



Ain Dubai

One of the most striking additions to Dubai’s skyline in recent years, Ain Dubai is a 250m Ferris wheel, set to open on Bluewaters Island. Up to 1,900 passengers will be able to ride the wheel at a time, in 48 fully-enclosed pods.

Each pod features panoramic windows, giving an almost uninterrupted view across Dubai Marina, to the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and beyond. There are also plans to operate a fine dining service in a number of pods, which will make Ain Dubai one of the most exclusive dining destinations in the city.

Where: Bluewaters Island, Dubai Marina

Opening: 2021


Madame Tussauds

Holidays in Dubai will soon mean your social feeds can be filled with selfies with the hottest global celebrities. Famed waxwork museum Madame Tussauds is set to open its first venue in the region on Bluewaters Island in 2021, following outlets across the world in London, Singapore and more. It is not yet known which famous faces will feature in this Dubai attraction, but we can't wait to find out.

Opening: 2021


Museum of the Future

This dramatic building in front of the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road will house exhibitions covering new technologies, climate change, sustainable development, and more. The Museum of the Future will focus on 'the human story of the future' according to its executive director.

Designed by architect Shaun Killa, the museum’s structure is totally clear inside, while its exterior features calligraphy-inspired lines of poetry (which also serve as windows) by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Where: Trade Centre District

Opening: 2021



Atlantis, The Royal Resort

The highly-anticipated Atlantis, The Royal Resort is unmistakable on the Palm Jumeirah’s skyline, appearing to be assembled from horizontal blocks. Like its sister property Atlantis, The Palm, the resort houses luxury rooms, suites and apartments, but each will be designed with expansive balconies and terraces, and all with stunning views.

For visitors, some of the most interesting features will be the 90m rooftop 'skypool' at Cloud 22 – set to be one of Dubai’s best pool experiences – and Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, from the molecular gastronomy genius chef.

Where: Palm Jumeirah

Opening: 2021


Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library sits on the banks of the storied Dubai Creek and is built in the shape of an open book. Covering more than 92,000sqm, it will hold around 4 million books and be the biggest library in the Arab World once it opens. The library's aim is to make reading accessible to all.

There will also be a dedicated children's area, a museum section displaying rare artefacts and event spaces that will set the stage for insightful talks, workshops and readings.

Where: Al Jadaf, Dubai Creek

Opening: 2020/2021


The Heart of Europe

One of Dubai’s most ambitious projects, the Heart of Europe is a luxury resort set across six of the islands on The World, around 4km from mainland Dubai. Once complete, the destination is expected to be car-free and pollution-free, with a 'zero-discharge' policy.

The Heart of Europe will occupy the Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy islands among others, and is taking its inspiration from some of Europe’s most famous design movements, including Bauhaus. The first phase will open in late 2020, and will include the Cote d’Azur resort, styled after the Mediterranean coastline it takes its name from. If you’re looking for an ultra-exclusive, ultra-luxury experience, this may be for you.

Where: The World Islands

Opening: 2020


Dubai Harbour

Located to the north-east of Dubai Marina, next to Skydive Dubai, Dubai Harbour is a brand new development for all things nautical. It will include a 1,100-berth marina for yachts and a cruise ship terminal, as well as plenty of food and beverage and luxury retail outlets.

Opening progressively from late 2020 onwards, expect Dubai Harbour to become one of the premier maritime spots with plenty aboard for visitors to experience the best in seafresh lifestyles.

Where: Dubai Marina

Opening: 2020/2021


The Guild

Adding culinary flair to Dubai's financial heart, The Guild will span 15,000sqft at ICD Brookfield Place and offer a new twist on contemporary dining for the city's gourmands.

The venue will house eight different homegrown brands, each offering something delicious to discover. Inspired by the global dining scene, visitors can expect cool classics and local specialities, as well as innovative new dishes from some of the city's most talented chefs. 

Where: DIFC, Downtown Dubai

Opening: 2021

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