3 projects that are set to open in the UAE before the end of the year
When: Beginning of November
Where: Zabeel Park
What: The gold cladded frame, inspired by the Expo 2020 logo, aims to highlight both old and new Dubai as well as pay homage to the city’s rich history. The project costs a cool AED160 million and according to the Director General of the Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, will feature a museum that will use video and still images to depict the nation’s progress.
Why we’re excited: Aside from the fact that the Dubai Frame's exterior will be clad in gold, the top of the frame will feature a clear glass walkway, which will offer guests impressive 360˚ views of the city.
When: Beginning of December
Where: Al Warqaa
What: The US$40.8 million project will replace the city’s main zoo, The Dubai Zoo. Once complete, it will feature a number of themed sections such as an African, Asian and Open Safari village. The solar powered park will span across 119 hectares of land and will also feature a waterfall, stream and a lake for fish.
Why we’re excited: Dubai Safari will provide a home to over 1,000 animals, including 350 rare species which will be cared for in temperature controlled environments. We’re also particularly excited to meet the park’s two white lion cubs, Leo and Snowy.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
When: November 11
Where: Saadiyat Island
What: Much like its counterpart in Paris, Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature a number of alluded art works from leading French institutions such as the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The already world-renowned museum’s design was inspired by the UAE’s rich architecture and tradition. Once complete, the museum will consist of 55 detached buildings, 23 of which will be used to house galleries.
Why we’re excited: The must-visit site will be home to roughly 700 exhibits. Some of the loans will include Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait, Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare and Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniére – the piece will be the first painting by da Vinci to be exhibited in the Middle East.