By Ansh Mundra.
Home to the prestigious and world-renowned Burj Khalifa, Dubai is bursting with innovative and elegant tourist attractions. However, more and more projects are under way which aim to make the city of Dubai a grander location for tourists. Here, I have listed a few of the attractions which will come into being over the course of the next few years. Let’s go!
The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour
Set to be more than 100m taller than the Burj Khalifa, this 1 billion USD project is to finish construction by 2020, making it the tallest tower in the world. The top of the tower will house ten observation decks, including The Pinnacle Room, offering 360 degree views of the city. “The tower will be slender, evoking the image of a minaret.” – Emaar Properties said, the company delivering this massive project.
To be open by the end of 2016, this project aims to create an elegant and aesthetic crossroad between the past and the present and will be an important tourist point for residents and tourists alike. It consists of two towers of 150m in height which are joined by a bridge of length 93m. The bridge will serve as an observatory point providing views of “Old Dubai” to the north and “New Dubai” to the south and will be made entirely of glass. Acrophobians, beware.
This man-made island is a 1.6 billion USD project under construction close to the Jumeirah Beach Residence. The island will feature retail, residential, entertainment and hospitality zones.It will also house the ‘Ain Dubai’ (Dubai Eye), a 210m tall Ferris wheel making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. The wheel will be able to carry 1,400 people and provide fantastic views. The island is estimated to complete in early 2018.
Dubai Safari Park
This 119 hectare site will be home to 10,500 animals including 350 species of rare and endangered animals and will be divided into three main villages- African, Arabic and Safari, each with unique features, animals and plants. To be opened by the end of 2016, this park will be a prominent attraction for animal lovers.
Museum of the Future
The first of its kind, this museum will produce futuristic inventions and contribute in UAE’s mission to be a global invention center. “See the future, create the future.” is the museum’s motto and it matches the idea of a new approach towards innovation. “The Museum of Future will be an incubator for ideas, a driver for innovation and a destination for inventors and entrepreneurs around the world.” ~ HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.
Dubai Water Canal
3.2 km in length, the Canal will connect the Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf. This 2 billion DHS project, set to finish by November 2016, will have water transport means, three bridges for pedestrians and a three-level mall built above the Canal, which will have a park on its roof. Tourists will be able to shop and along the canal with several retail outlets and hotel and residential units planned. With face-recognition technology to be installed in the surveillance cameras, the area will be very safe.
Inspired by the tales of Sindbad and Aladdin, the very cool Aladdin City’s construction will commence by the end of 2016 and finish by late 2018. It will constitute of three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450m on the Dubai Creek. Want to refresh a bit of your childhood? Now you know where to go!
Mall of the World
The grandest, the most prestigious and the king of all projects. The Mall of the World will be the largest mall in the world with an area of 48 million square feet, four times the size of the current largest mall in the world, The Dubai Mall. The Mall will cost a whopping 80 billion DHS and take 15 years to build. It will be built in four phases and the first phase is scheduled to be finished by 2020. Once constructed, it will house the world’s largest indoor theme park with a glass dome which can open in winters and the whole mall will be climate controlled.
With the World EXPO 2020 and so many attractions coming up, more and more tourists will be streaming into Dubai from all parts of the world. Dubai has never slacked in any means and is sure to continue to give all countries a run for their money.