Dubai, the future and the traditions: ten reasons to visit
For those planning a long warm weekend during the winter months, for foodies looking for new culinary destinations to explore, not forgetting those who love to return to the emirate every year to discover all the gossip in town, here are 10 excellent reasons to add Dubai To the travel list for 2023.
Museum of the Future – Considered among the “14 Most Beautiful Museums in the World” by National Geographic, this architectural marvel was the brainchild of architect Sean Keila just months after its opening and has already become an unforgettable icon on the Dubai skyline. Visitors with its futuristic design, its interior design provides a unique journey through the challenges facing the world of tomorrow, as the external facade features quotes from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Arabic calligraphy, while the internal rooms are dedicated to critical issues of the future, including space exploration, climate change and progress technology and human well-being.
Dubai Expo City – Following the huge success of the World Expo, the site that hosted the event has come back to life with Expo City Dubai, a city of the future that opened in October and will continue to develop through 2023. This new district was born with the ambition to become a global hub for innovation, sustainability and entertainment. Conceive it as a “green” urban planning model, with the goal of achieving zero emissions. For those who want to relive the feelings of Expo 2020 Dubai, some of the most iconic pavilions such as Al Wasl Plaza, the Observation Tower in the Sky and the Surreal Water Mirror will continue to welcome visitors and major events.
New swimming pools with a view – Dubai’s skyline is constantly evolving and thanks to new skypools, it can be observed from a vantage point. Among the recent openings not to be missed, Aura Skypool is the infinity pool with a stunning 360-degree view of Dubai’s famous neighborhoods, while it is bested by the Address Beach Resort. Either way, the panoramic view of the city leaves you breathless. For those who prefer depth, Deep Dive Dubai has already entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s deepest underwater swimming pool, with a height of 60 meters where thrill seekers can immerse themselves in the remains of a real underwater city.
Alserkal Street – Located in the industrial area of Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue is home to a growing number of contemporary art galleries, yoga and spinning studios, local cafés and Cinema Akil, one of Dubai’s most beloved emerging arts districts, which screens independent arthouse films. With an ever-evolving cultural offer, it is the destination not to be missed for those who love to get lost in search of inspiration. Al Serkal houses some of the most famous art galleries in Dubai, including the Leila Heller Gallery, where works by contemporary artists from the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Turkey are displayed, the Castout Gallery, which represents modern and contemporary artists from Europe and the United States, and the Third Line, dedicated to contemporary artists from Middle east. Elsewhere in the city, the art gallery offering is equally interesting with the new opening of Galleria Continua inside Burj Al Arab and Gallerie Perrotin in the heart of DIFC.
Michelin Guide – In June 2022, the first Michelin Guide was launched in Dubai, recognizing the city as a premium gastronomic destination. The emirate’s rich and diverse culinary scene is brimming with innovative dining experiences, hidden gems and creative menus that reflect Arabic traditions, international flavors and modern-inspired fusion cuisine. Among the many titles to be on the agenda and included in the editorial selection are also LOWE, a modern no-waste restaurant in Dubai that received the prestigious Green Star award, and Il Ristorante di Niko Romito, a corner of Italian cuisine in interior design. The Bulgari Hotel has two Michelin stars.
New gastronomic addresses – With more than 200 nationalities living together in the city, Dubai Restaurant serves all cuisines from around the world. Among the eagerly awaited new openings is En Fuego, a new gastronomic concept inside Atlantis, The Palm that serves Chef Daniel García’s authentic South American cuisine, in an environment surrounded by South American graffiti artwork. From Los Angeles to the financial district of Dubai, the famous The Nice Guy has opened its office in one of the coolest districts of the city where it will be possible to order popular dishes such as the Nice Guy Burger and Molinari’s Meatballs, as well as new dishes designed for the most demanding customers in Dubai. Headed by Chef Reef Osman, winner of the Chef Award in the Top 50 Restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa 2022, Hoe Lee Kow is a highly anticipated and funky Korean-inspired restaurant that will welcome guests to Hotel Indigo Dubai.
hotel opening – The most anticipated opening is undoubtedly the new Atlantis, The Royal Resort & Residences in early 2023. Featuring 795 rooms and 102 suites spread over 43 floors, it will also feature a massive 90-meter rooftop infinity pool and fine dining restaurants helmed by world-renowned chefs. Moving to Dubai Marina, the Vida Hotel and Residences – Dubai Marina Yacht Club will offer waterfront rooms and apartments, while for those who just can’t let go of the shimmering view of the Downtown Dubai skyline and Dubai Creek, there is Address Grand Creek Harbour. With luxurious rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings, impeccable service, and a comprehensive spa and wellness center, it is the perfect place for a relaxing stay. Also set to open is the NH Dubai The Palm, which will span 14 floors with brightly decorated rooms, period furniture and playful decorations. Once again, One&Only One Zabeel Resort & Private Homes offers a luxury resort in the city designed in the form of a skyscraper with two towers connected by a panoramic walkway suspended one hundred meters above the ground.
Events throughout the year – Dubai hosts major events that have become a staple of the annual calendar such as Art Dubai in March, the Dubai Food Festival in April, or Design Week in November. In December, for street fashion and music lovers, the city will come alive with the SOLE DBX music festival that celebrates street culture with live performances, conferences, workshops, performances, sports tournaments, and more. A great event that brings together music, art and the world of sneaker, with more than 80 brands from across the region and the world.
desert escape – There is plenty of time until June 2023 to experience the new Terra Solis Dubai, an adults-only camping experience brought to the emirate city by the team that created the popular electronic music festival Tomorrowland. Spread over an area of 371,000 square metres, this exclusive desert oasis offers the perfect blend of exquisite accommodations, music and entertainment in a festive setting. Those who prefer to experience the more intimate side of the desert can treat themselves to a romantic getaway in one of the 14 “nests” of “The Nest” of Sonara. The experience includes accommodation in eco-friendly luxury tents, ultra-fine dining and the chance to have a magical breakfast as dawn breaks over the Dubai Conservation Reserve.
Unexpected Dubai – Staying on the theme of luxury, Hatta Dome Park has reopened to guests, offering visitors an immersive experience in the heart of the Hajar Mountain range. Suitable for couples, families and groups who want to take a break in nature and enjoy the great outdoors, surrounded by a wonderful panoramic view. Like other accommodation options available, it is located near Hatta Wadi Hub, where adventurers can enjoy a variety of activities, from kayaking to hiking and cycling on dirt tracks. After a day of sports, you can end the day with a private barbecue and spend the evening under the stars.
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