Known as the city of gold, the glittering port city of Dubai has established itself as a luxurious, future-focused travel hotspot and business hub. Following the discovery of oil in 1966, the once rather sleepy port town experienced unprecedented wealth and construction, resulting in a city studded with skyscrapers, colossal luxury resorts and man-made islands.
With many loyal tourists returning time and time again for Dubai’s jaw-dropping attractions and five-star hotels, the wealthiest of the seven emirates continues to find new and unexpected ways to entertain its visitors. From an amusement park filled with replicas of the world’s major landmarks to a skywalk 220 metres above the ground, here are six new attractions to consider when planning your next trip to Dubai.
As the world’s largest ‘dancing fountain’, Dubai’s Palm Fountain is truly a sight to be seen. Illuminated by more than 3,000 LEDs and powered by water jets that propel the water 105 metres into the air, The Palm Fountain puts on a mesmerising 30-minute show every day for all to see. This stunning water and light show can be seen from The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah.
When you visit Dubai, you literally have the world at your hotel doorstep. With more than 70 cultures showcased within the country pavilions at Global Village, you can experience a range of cultures and cuisines in Dubai. Offering roller coasters and rides as well as more than 40,000 shows each season, Global Village is perfect for families. Park entry is approximately A$5.50 with children under three and adults over 65 granted free entry.
Located upon the steel structure bridging the two Address Sky View Towers in Dubai, the SkyWalk is set to be an adrenaline-fuelled experience that is certainly not for the faint-hearted. While strapped into a safety harness, thrill-seekers will walk outside the building at 220 metres above the ground. The walk is 85 metres long and is primed to be one of Dubai’s major adrenaline junkie attractions once it opens. Tickets are priced at approximately A$18.30.
Perched at 240 metres high on the Palm Tower’s 52nd floor is an observatory that grants 360-degree views of Palm Jumeriah and the Arabian Gulf. Visitors can enjoy incredible sweeping views of Dubai from an outdoor terrace and lounge from around A$36 per person, with prime sunset viewing costing approximately A$58. Visitors will soon be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of Palm Jumeriah from the highest point of The Palm Tower with ‘Falcon View’.
According to Business Insider, Dubai has more than 65 shopping centres – a figure from 2018 that is bound to increase, at least by one upon the completion of mega-mall, Meydan One, this year. With over 500 luxury retail outlets, 180 eateries, a dancing water fountain on the same scale as Palm Fountains and the longest indoor downhill ski slope, this shopping centre is set to be a major attraction in Dubai.
Decorated with Arabic calligraphy, the Museum of the Future is set to be, as the name suggests, a hub for futuristic technologies and innovation. A stark and captivating structure, the oval-shaped Museum of the Future was conceptualised by the architects at Killa Designs and will include seven levels of immersive exhibitions, with a particular focus on immersive climate change experiences.
This article originally appeared on Fancy