16 projects launching in Dubai in 2016

Dubai Safari
Occupying 119 hectares of land, Dubai safari, which will replace Dubai Zoo, is expected to open in mid-2016. The $40.8 million project will be home to 1,000 animals, including 350 rare species. The animal cages will be temperature controlled, and the park will use environmentally-friendly systems, including solar energy.

Dubai Opera House
This 2,000 seat venue will be the cherry on the top of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai. According to Emaar, Dubai Opera House will be ready for its first curtain call in March of this year.

Dubai Ferris Wheel
The $1.6 billion Bluewaters Island project near JBR is coming along nicely. The Ferris wheel, the Dubai-I, is set to be 210 metres high and is expected to open this year.

Dubai Parks & Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts is set to open in Dubai in 2016, incorporating a Hollywood-themed park called Motiongate, as well as Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai. The combined space will be the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park resort.

Previously, Matthew Priddy, chief technical officer said, “Well as you know Dubai is all about world records. We are attempting our own world record. We are attempting to do something that nobody has ever done before. We have three theme parks: Motiongate, which is IP based – DreamWorks Animation, Sonny Pictures Studios, Smurfs and Lionsgate. Bollywood, then of course you’ve got Legoland.”

IMG Worlds of Adventure
At 1.5 million square feet, this will be the world’s largest indoor theme park. Located in Dubailand, it has themed-zones including Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard. Apparently, it’s almost complete!

Dubai Frame
You may have seen for yourself from the roadside that work on Dubai Frame is almost complete. It was scheduled to open in December 2015, but we can now expect it to launch some time very soon. The $43.5 million project does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a fame of the view towards old and new Dubai.

Dubai Water Canal
Expected to complete in mid-2016, the Dubai Water Canal is 3 kilometres long, with 4,500 apartments, 19 villas and 44 townhouses, as well as office space, retail, and a public park.

Nikki Beach
The long-awaited arrival of one of the world’s most famous beach clubs is almost here. Expected to open in February at Pearl Jumeirah, the 52,000 square foot project will include Nikki Beach Resoirt & Spa Dubai, Key West, Café Nikki, Satine by Nikki Beach Restaurant & Lounge, Nikki Spa by ESPA and Tone Fitness Centre.

Four Seasons DIFC
No sooner has one Four Seasons hotel opened in Dubai and another is on its way. This one, in DIFC, will have 106 rooms and suites, and according to Hotelier Middle East, it’s already taking reservations.

Dubai Festival City Mall expansion
This $400 million expansion will add more retail space, 22 restaurants and a 300-metre waterfront promenade. We can expect it to be ready by June!

Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk
11 kilometres of walking, dining and shopping will make up Nakheel’s boardwalk on Palm Jumeirah crescent. We can expect it to be ready to explore by this summer.

Marina 101 Tower
At 426.5 metres tall, this tower is set to be the second tallest in the UAE, outdone only by the Burj Khalifa. It was meant to open last year, but the date was pushed back meaning that we’re now expecting a 2016 opening.

The building will be home to the Middle East’s first Hard Rock hotel, as well as holiday apartments and a restaurant.

Paramount Hotel & Resorts
Damac Towers by Paramount is on track to open in Q4 of 2016. The project is made up of four towers (Paramount Hotel Dubai and three serviced apartment buildings) which will be connected by a podium.

Dubai Metro Extension
In line with plans for Expo2020, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) are expected to begin work on the metro expansion later this year. There will be new stations in Discovery Gardens, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and Dubai Investment Park.

Viceroy Dubai Palm
This $1 billion hotel project is expected to open in the second half of 2016. There will be 479 rooms and 222 residences, as well as 10 restaurants, a spa, a gym and three swimming pools.

City Walk Phase 2
The first phase of City Walk is already open, however, the second phase is set to bring an extra 10,000 square metres of retail space.

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