Long gone are the times, when shopping was the only fun thing to do in Dubai!

New attractions are popping up in every corner of the city and there has never been a better selection of activities to make your vacation, weekend or evening unforgettable.

To make your choices a little bit more easier, I have put together list of TOP 10 NEW attractions you can enjoy in Dubai or close proximity.


1. Ride Velociraptor at IMG World’s of Adventure !

World’s largest indoor theme park is a home to over 16 attractions within 5 zones, including Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley & IMG Boulevard.

Velociraptor, Predator, Thor & Spiderman rides are amongst the most thrilling ones, so don’t eat before you ride…eat after, the food in the park is very good 🙂

IMG WOA is located outside the city, near Global Village.


INFO : Tickets from Aed245 / daily 11am-9&10pm / Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Road

2. Climb Tree Tops inside the Green Planet

Learning about the Earth, Eco systems and Nature it’s so much fun inside the big white building at City Walk Dubai. The Green Planet bio dome is accommodating more than 3000 plants and animals.

Walk under tropical rivers, lift-off on top of rain forest and discover animals you never knew they existed.


INFO : Ticket from Aed95 ( buy 1 get 1 free with Entrainer voucher ) / daily 10am-10&12pm / City Walk Dubai

3. Walk around Dubai Canal 

New 3,2km “river” is now connecting Dubai Creek with Jumeirah Beach. Enjoy exciting views at the city, waterfall daily from 8-10pm and if your phone runs out of battery after all the selfies, easily re-charge from many stations along the Canal Boardwalk.

Don’t forget to cross all three interesting bridges to take the best photos.

INFO : Admission Free / open 24/7  / bring your own food & drinks

4. Experience amazing at Dubai Parks & Resorts

Three theme parks and waterpark complex linked by dining & entertainment village called Riverland is now to be discovered at the outskirts of Dubai South towards Abu Dhabi.

Legoland, Bollywood and Motiongate parks presenting dozens of attractions and my favourite area is Dreamwork’s Zone inside Motiongate park. Don’t miss the magical Dragon Gliders coaster!

World’s first Hunger Games themed “land” is opening very soon ! Stay tuned.


INFO : Tickets from 85Aed / daily from 10am-12pm  (openings vary/check online) / Sheik Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi

5. Be amazed at Imagine show

Enjoy brand new Guinness World Records breaking show, full of light, water and fire effects in Dubai’s Festival City Mall.

Watch one, or all three 3 different shows, daily from 7.30pm to 11pm. Expect huge water screen projections, mapping videos on surrounding buildings and plenty of other tricks designed by Australian company Laservision.

INFO :  Admission Free / shows from 7.30pm / Festival City Mall Dubai

6. Take selfies with all the funky Street Art at City Walk 

One of my favourite areas of the city. Picturesque City Walk is only few minutes drive from Dubai Mall, but feels like another “planet”.

Restaurants, Art, Shopping, Exhibitions, Hub Zero Game Park and also the Green Planet are all located in here.


Beautifully designed “streetscapes”, walkable distances with all the fantastic coffee shops makes this place the perfect weekend destination. Uh, did I mentioned the cool street art ?

INFO : Admission Free ( pay per attraction )  / Al Wasl Road

7. Catch a world class performance at Dubai Opera

Finally, Dubai has it’s own Opera House! 1901-seat, multi-format, performing arts centre is designed after the traditional Arabic vessel ..Dhow.

Expect the most flashy musicals, concerts and shows. This place is full every night and proved to be a big hit with locals and visitors alike.

Check the website for full program/tickets and PLEASE turn off your phones during the show!

INFO : Admission per show ( book online ) / you cannot enter without ticket / Sh.Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard – Dubai Downtown 





8. Watch Ain Dubai Wheel growing bigger and bigger by the day!

The Beach at JBR Walk is the place to go, if you want to feel like being on vacation! Crowds of tourists, turquoise sea, busy promenade and 40+ dining places to choose from…

It doesn’t stop here, just opposite The Beach is growing Dubai’s biggest attraction…215m tall Ain Dubai Mega Wheel. It’s not finished just yet, but its hard not get impressed by its size already.

This place is perfect to visit at any time, any day.

INFO : Admission Free / Dubai Marina – JBR Walk / Paid Parking 

9. Take a day trip to Yas Island’s Ferrari World !

Want to escape the heat and make a little trip outside the city ? Yas Island is only 50min drive from Dubai Marina and is famous for its Ferrari World theme park, Yas F1 circuit, Yas Water World and Warner Brother Movie World ( opening 2018 )

The massive red roof of Ferrari World is hiding one of the best thrill rides in this part of the world.

Feel the speed on record breaking 240km/h Formula Rossa coaster, fly 52m high on twisted loops of Flying Aces or get “shot” through the park’s roof on newest Turbo Track ride…


INFO : Tickets from Aed275 / Daily 11am-8pm / Yas Island Abu Dhabi 

10. Have lunch stop at Last Exit ( on the way back from Yas Island )

Retro themed “food stop” on Sheikh Zayed highway on the way from Abu Dhabi is full of funky cars, food trucks and photo opportunities.

Pick some freshly cooked food from one of the 18 food trucks and enjoy it in a setting reminding me Disney movie Cars.

Second Last Exit on the opposite side of the road is opening soon !

INFO : Admission Free / open 24/7 / Sheikh Zayed Road from Abu Dhabi 

If all of this is not enough, just wait few more months for two more major openings – Dubai Safari and Al Habtoor La Perle show…stay tuned 🙂


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DUBAI OPERA : Revisited !

It’s almost a month, since the world’s latest centre of performing arts, the Dubai Opera House, opened its door too a “culture hungry” audience.

Night after night, the show goes on, but during the day, there are no dancers, or singers to wow spectators. It is an ensemble of construction workers, tirelessly trying to finish the unfinished surrounding areas, water features, landscaping and pavements.

check the previous construction photos HERE

Let’s take a little look around, to see how the 2000 seat “showground” looks during the day.

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the necessary social media friendly “photo op”… just don’t forget the hashtag 🙂

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View from the Emaar Boulevard. Notice the black plastic still covering the glass booths in the back

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Booths with plastic and vinyl covering unfinished interiors.

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Fountains are only working during the night

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The interior

Enjoy the full gallery : 




DUBAI OPERA : 27 days until the grand opening PHOTO UPDATE !

Yesterday, I’ve visited the construction site of the Dubai Opera House and to be honest… I was a bit surprised…instead of finishing touches, heavy construction is taking place on all levels.

In 27 days, the stage has to be set for Placido Domingo’s inaugural performance but to me, it looks far from finishing.

I am sure, the Opera teams are working around the clock to meet the deadline and hopefully all will be ready for the flashy opening night on the 31st Aug 2016. Fingers crossed!

The centre of performing arts, 2000 seat Dubai Opera will be multi-purpose venue with state-of-the art equipment. Its shape, designed by Danish architect Janus Rostock is based on the traditional Arabic fishing vessel, the Dhow.

The Opera’s program for rest of the year is looking very eventful and you can czech the show line-up on



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DUBAI OPERA : 71 days to the opening … Construction update

The opening of the performing arts centre in Dubai is stone’s throw away and the construction is getting into its final stage.

The Dubai Opera House in Downtown Dubai is scheduled to open on the 31st of August 2016 ( Read all about it HERE ) and its designed to resemble a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel.

2000 seat capacity auditorium will be possible to transform into 3 different “modes” within a minutes and offer variety of floor lay-outs from theatre, flat floor to concert venue.

Legendary Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo will be the opening act, following by “A list” line-up for the rest of the year.

Enjoy the photos…

Main Entrance Side : 

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Side view :

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Front view : 

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DUBAI OPERA : Construction update ,Plácido Domingo & opening day !

Only 4 months to go and the Dubai Opera House will be opening its door for the very first time.

The opening date was announced, so put August 31st 2016 in to your diary. The one and only …Plácido Domingo will take over the stage of the 2000 seat auditorium.

After the legendary spanish tenor, we can look forward to Andrea Bocelli, Russian State Ballet, Viennese Orchestra, Magic show the Impossible, Jose Carreras, Hussain Al Jassmi or the Nutcracker on Ice in December.

So far, facade is in its final stage of construction and hectic work is happening all inside and around the new building, which design is based on traditional arabic vessel…the Dhow.

Enjoy the latest photo update and come back for more soon!



DUBAI : Opera House is on its way

Dubai is finally getting its own Center of Performing Arts … the Opera District.

New stylish cultural destination next to 828m tall Burj Khalifa is set to promote the arts, culture, and events.

At the heart of The Opera District is Dubai Opera, a 2,000-seat multi-format venue for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events, and seasonal programmes.

As per the latest info, Opera House is set to be open by end of 2016.

Once finished, the area will also include hotels, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades and recreational spaces situated around design studios, art galleries and other cultural venues intended to create a “vibrant cultural scene”.

The Building is styled on the classic wooden dhows that are synonymous with the Dubai Creek.

Enjoy the photos.



DUBAI : 9 exciting attractions opening in 2016 !

A very exciting year ahead for Dubai and its visitors. Many projects are getting into the final stages of development and we can all look forward to world class theme parks, entertainment and attractions.

The below list is based on my personal observations and I can confidently say that these 9 projects will be open before the year’s end.

1. Dubai Parks & Resorts / Theme Parks

Currently the most exciting project consisting of 3 theme parks and 1 waterpark.

Motiongate, Legoland, Bollywood Land and Lego Waterpark are being build in Jebel Ali south of Dubai.

Over 100 attractions, shopping plaza, hotel and world class shows.

Read all about it in my previous posts. Click HERE & HERE

Opening : October 2016

2. IMG World’s of Adventure / Theme Park

The biggest indoor theme park in the world will contain 4 zones and multiplex.

Marvel, Lost Valley, Cartoon Network and IMG Boulevard will span over 1.5 million feet. The launch style  Dinosaur themed rollercoaster is already built. Animatronic Dinosaurs have been delivered after touring around the city, before arriving in their new home next to the Global Vilage.

Opening : 15th August 2016

3. Dubai Safari Park / Zoo

Finally, all the animals currently in Dubai Zoo will have spacious new home in Dubai Safari Park opposite Dragon Mart. The entire area is quickly taking shape and is clearly visible from the plane upon approach into Dubai International Airport.

Safari style, open planes and Butterfly dome promises fun and educational day out.

Opening : September 2016

4. Opera House / Entertainment 

New centre of performing arts, the 2000-seat multi functional venue is located next to Burj Khalifa in Dubai Downtown.

All the scaffolding was just taken down and the entire building is suppose to resemble the shape of the traditional sailing vessel (  Dhow )

In my humble opinion, the exterior design isn’t very impressive, but who know’s what secrets the interior will hold. Watch this space.

Opening : 1st August 2016

5. Dubai Frame / Attraction

This new observation gimmick is standing at 150m and it is positioned in such a way that landmarks of modern Dubai can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city

It takes very long time to finish this apparently simple structure. Perhaps there is more to it, but so far the frame in now being painted and cladding is taking place.

Click HERE to see the full construction update.

Opening : December 2016 

6. City Walk Outdoor Mall / Shopping

A Modern, outdoor and architecturally interesting mall concept its nearly ready to welcome the public.

Together with residential area, entertainment zone, LED canopy’s and hotels this should quickly become the place to be seen.

Opening : March 2016

7. Bio Dome / Attraction

Part of the soon to be open City Walk Mall, this educational attraction will bring rainforest into the heart of Dubai.

Click HERE to read all about it in previous post.

Opening : September 2016

8. The Pointe Palm Jumeirah / Shopping

Similar to The Beach development on JBR Beach in Dubai Marina, this waterfront dinning destination on the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, will offer unique views of Atlantis Hotel and 100 restaurants.

It’s not just the food what will bring you here, spectacular offshore fountains in the bay and retail outlets  to entice impulsive shopper.

Opening : December 2016

9. Dragon Water Theatre / Entertainment

I can’t wait for this one! Dubai will have its own 1.300 seat Las Vegas styled permanent water theatre.

Designed and choreographed by the one and only Franco Dragone, the original director of the best Cirque du Soleil shows.

The circular shaped theatre is currently being finalised inside the new St. Regis hotel and if you believe the rumours, the cast is already rehearsing in one of the warehouses in Al Qouz.

Opening : December 2016

Most of the construction sites are difficult to visit and take a photo. Note, that the Satellite images aren’t up to date and are only illustrative.