Three Developments set to boost UAE Tourism
Dubai’s skyline is ever-changing, with new buildings, hotels and restaurants being developed constantly. In this article we will look at three of UAE’s mega-projects that are due to be completed in the next few years, and what they will mean for the UAE’s tourism and economy.
Due to open in 2016, Dubai Opera will be the centre stage of all arts, and the centrepiece of the Opera District in Downtown Dubai. Offering 2,000 seats and a design that is deeply rooted in Dubai’s maritime history, this multi-format theatre is sure to attract even more visitors from across the globe.
Dubai Opera will not only contain the theatre’s main stage, but be able to transform into three ‘modes’. The website explains that it will be able to change from a theatre into a concert hall and into a flat floor space, becoming a banquet or event hall, meaning the building will be able to host a variety of different shows, exhibitions and concerts as well as theatre works. But it doesn’t stop there. A sky garden and restaurant will sit on its rooftop both which will look over Opera Plaza and Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. This will more than likely have an impact on the number of people visiting the area.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Opening in 2016 at Jebel Ali, Dubai Parks and Resorts will be made up by three theme parks and one waterpark. The theme parks are Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Dubai. Alongside the waterpark, Riverland Dubai, there will also be a family friendly, Polynesian-themed hotel called Lapita Autograph Collection Hotel.
A statement made on the Dubai Parks and Resorts’ website explains that ‘the leadership and vision of the UAE government has always been a source of inspiration, and Dubai Parks and Resorts is a tangible result. Dubai Parks and Resorts is working towards achieving the goals of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who mandated the development and this unique project that will benefit both the residents and tourists of Dubai’.
Their goal is to make Dubai Parks and Resorts the number one ‘provider of world-class leisure and entertainment attractions in the region and, ultimately, across the globe’, all while aligning with Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 of being innovative, inspirational and practical. Dubai Parks and Resorts will become an engine for national economic growth by generating robust business opportunities and thousands of new jobs and with over 100 attractions between them, attracting families looking for an adventure holiday abroad.
The Palm Tower
The Palm Tower is a 52-storey, five star hotel and residential complex that will be situated on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah that will be developed by two UAE-based companies, Trojan General Contracting and National Projects & Construction LLC. An article written for Gulf News by a staff reporter said that ‘The Palm Town comprises 504 luxury residences and a five star, 290-room hotel with an array of dining and leisure facilities, including a rooftop infinity pool, restaurant and viewing deck. The hotel will occupy the first 18 floors of the building’.
The tower will have direct access to Nakheel Mall, which is also currently under construction. Nakheel Mall will include 300 shops, cinemas, a medical centre, fitness centre and a roof terrace with breathtaking views of the island, sea and skyline. There will also be direct access to Palm Jumeirah’s beach clubs via a bridge and walkways. The new apartments are due to be completed in 2016.