17 New UAE Attractions For 2017

At the beginning 0f 2016 we wrote a post showcasing the forthcoming attractions scheduled to open throughout the year. To date it has been the most popular post to appear on Out & About UAE and had racked up a staggering 23,535 views.

It would seem that the world’s appetite for the newest, tallest and fastest additions to the United Arab Emirates is insatiable. So we couldn’t start the new year without a follow up post, as the UAE continues to forge ahead in terms of both architecture and technology, it feels at times as if we’re already living in the future. So without further ado, we proudly present for your reading pleasure, 17 new attractions of 2017:

1. Etihad Museum:

The newest attraction for Dubai is already open. The Etihad Museum officially opened to the public on the 7th January and chronicles the birth of the UAE and the story of the founding fathers, via a collection of photographs and personal items. The museum takes visitors on a journey from the era before the country’s founding, through to the agreement signing and subsequent declaration of the Union in 1971. The architecture of the building itself has been designed in the shape of a manuscript, with seven columns representing the pens used to sign the Union agreement. As part of the museums initiative, the original Union House where leaders signed the treaty establishing the country has been restored.

Location: 2nd December Street/Jumeriah Road, Dubai
Expected Opening: 7th January 2017

2. La Perle by Dragone:

This could well be the attraction that we’re most excited for this year. Located in Al Habtoor City close to the Dubai Water Canal, La Perle will be the region’s first permanent live action stage show with over 450 performances per year. Presented in a 1,300 seat state of the art theatre, filled with 2.5 million liters of water. This live-action show promises to push the boundaries of performance art and comes to us from the team begin the popular ‘House Of Dancing Water’ in Macau, China. La Perle will open in The Atrium, a five-storey complex home to seven restaurants which are still TBC at this stage.

Location: The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, Dubai
Expected Opening: Summer 2017

3. Deira Islands:

The road network is already in place (and open) leading to Dubai’s latest offshore island. Originally labelled as the Palm Deira, the project has been re-branded and renamed as Deira Islands. The main attraction will be Deira Night Souq, a modern interpretation of the traditional Arabic souq and will be located next to Deira Mall. With 5,300 shops spreading alongside a new 1.9km stretch of pristine waterfront, the islands will be accessible from either land or sea. There is also rumored to be a new waterpark, making for the fourth in Dubai following Aquaventure, Wild Wadi and LegoLand.

Location: Deira Islands, Dubai
Expected Opening: Final Quarter 2017 TBC


4. The Crystal Lagoon:

The first part of the luxury development in Dubai’s newest residentual area, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City. The centre piece  will be the world’s largest crystal clear lagoon, whose first stage is already operational. The pilot lagoon has been flooded and covers a surface area of 1.4 hectares at a depth of 2.45m. Once fully complete, the project will become a series of interconnecting lagoons forming the world’s largest manmade lagoon, complemented by a sandy beach at 237 meters in length.

Location: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, Meydan, Dubai
Expected Opening: 2017 TBC


5. The Dubai Eye / Bluewaters Island:

This year Dubai will be getting the world’s tallest ferris wheel. The aptly titled Dubai Eye (though it may also be named Dubai Ain) will be situated on the newly created Bluewaters Island off the coast from JBR. The attraction will provide guests with views of the Palm Jumeirah and the Atlantis Hotel. Standing at an impressive 210m the wheel will carry up to 1,400 passengers in its 48 capsules and is expected to receive up to 3 million visitors a year. There will also be the obligatory shopping and dining outlets.

Location: Bluewaters Island, Jumeriah Beach Residence, Dubai
Expected Opening: 2017 TBC


6. The Louvre:

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been delayed numerous times in the past but it seems that 2017 may finally be the year that this cultural attraction will throw opens its doors. Located on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, the Louvre will contain a multitude of artworks, all housed under some tremendous architecture designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. The latticed roof is already in place and the sea walls (forming part of the rumored underwater aspect) have now been flooded. With construction complete, it’s now only a matter of time until opening day.

Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Expected Opening: Winter 2017 TBC

The Louvre Abu Dhabi under construction. (TDIC/Ateliers Jean Nouvel)

7. Legoland WaterPark:

Dubai Parks & Resorts is now partially open and despite the Lego Land theme park opening on schedule on October 31st last year, The water park is still yet to open. Designed specifically for children aged 2 – 12, Legoland Waterpark will feature over 20 water slides, a Lego wave pool and a raft river where you can build your own custom Lego raft.

Location: Dubai Parks & Resorts, Jebel Ali. Dubai
Expected Opening: Spring 2017 (TBC)


8. Dubai Safari

Another project that was scheduled to open in 2016. The site in Al Warqa, opposite Dragon Mart is almost finished and the animals have been on site since last year to acclimatize to the desert heat. Home to 10,500 animals, including around 350 rare species, the park will be divided into specific areas – Arabian Village, Asian Village and African Village (with future additions to come in the form of the American and Australian exhibits). A large theatre will seat 1000 people bur the main draw of Dubai Safari’s interactive experience will be the safari. Allowing guests to view animals whilst riding in the comfort of air-conditioned jeeps on an hour-long adventure.

Location: Al Warqa, Dubai
Expected Opening: March 31st 2017

9. Dubai Frame:

Originally scheduled to open for National Day 2015, it’s likely that the Dubai Frame will open very soon. Located in Zabeel Park, the frame offers a unique perspective on the bust metropolis from the sky bridge. On one side, Dubai’s skyline of high-rise towers will take prominence. While on the other, the hustle and bustle of the older areas of Bur Dubai and Deira will be visible. Depending which way you look, you’ll see ‘old’ or ‘new’ Dubai.

Location: Zabeel Park, Dubai
Expected Opening: MSpring 2017 (TBC)


10. Dubai Canal Expansion:

Yes the canal is now open, with many claiming that downtown Dubai and Business Bay are now in fact an island. Yet there’s still so much to come from this project, which expects to add a shopping mall (with rooftop park), four luxury hotels, 450 restaurants, and cycle paths into its link from Business Bay to the Persian Gulf.

Location: Business Bay / Jumeriah, Dubai
Expected Opening: 2017 (TBC)


11. Museum Of The Future:

Take a trip to the year 2035 and learn how technology could evolve to enhance our bodies and minds and explore what role it may play in our social and family lives. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Museum will become a unique incubator for futuristic innovations and designs. Located in the Emirates Towers area of Sheikh Zayed Road, the Dh500 million building will utilise three-dimensional printing construction techniques in a striking oval shaped design.

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Expected Opening: 2017 (TBC)

12. Dubai Crocodile Park:

Located close to Dubai Safari will be Dubai’s very own crocodile park. Said to facilitate hundreds of crocodiles and helping them to grow and reproduce naturally. The park will predominantly be used as a tourist destination  and home to Nile crocodiles – the larges freshwater species in the world. At 20,000 square metres, construction on the park is currently around 50% complete.

Location: Al Warqa, Dubai
Expected Opening: Winter 2017 (TBC)


13. Hotels Galore:

It wouldn’t be the UAE without a glut of new luxury properties hititing the market. We’re only one week into 2017 and the Fairmont Fujairah and the Polynesian themed Lapita are in soft opening. Next up, the Palm Jumeriah will become home to Atlantis II and the soon-to-open Viceroy Dubai. Following soon after will be two ultra-luxurious resorts in the form of Nikki Beach at the Dubai Pearl and Bulgari Resort on the Jumeriah Bay Islands. Finally, Taj Arabia will be a replica of the Taj Mahal and feature a 20-storey glass structure.

Location: Various
Expected Opening: 2017 (TBC)

14. Food & Beverage Openings:

Regular readers will know that we’re obsessed with food and we can’t wait for all the new openings that are bound to hit this year. With Peruvian and Caribbean being the hottest tends of 2016, what can we expect for the year ahead? We’re already looking forward to Dubai Malls Breaking Bad themed coffee shop Walters Coffee. Though it’s New York import Black Tap that has us most excited in its promise to take the Freak Shake craze to a whole new level.

Location: Various
Expected Opening: Spring 2017 (TBC)


15. Abu Dhabi Aquarium:

Abu Dhabi’s Al Maqtaa area will soon become home to the Emirates largest aquarium (beating the current one in The Dubai Mall). At 5,000 SQM the area will be known as Al Qana will feature a 98 berth marina, cafes, restaurants, a cinema, a dedicated area for indoor and outdoor sports and numerous cycling tracks. The proposed project will stretch for 2.4km along the current Al Maqta canal.

Location: Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi
Expected Opening: Final Quarter 2017 TBC


16. Aladdin City:

This one has been rumored for sometime and is highly unlikely to be ready this year. The development takes the  idea of Arabian nights and runs with it! Inspired by the ancient legends of Aladdin and Sinbad, the project is made up of three golden lamps. These ‘lamp towers’ will be home to a hotel and luxury apartments and are all connected via air-conditioned walkways.

Location: Deira Creek, Dubai
Expected Opening: 2017 TBC

17. The Guggenheim:

Another long awaited cultural attraction on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island is the Guggenheim. The museum is planned at 320,000 square feet and will be the Guggenheim Foundation’s largest facility. Architect Frank Gehry’s design will feature exhibition galleries, research space, a conservation laboratory and a center for contemporary Islamic culture. The project has been delayed a number of times during construction and as yet, no exhibits have been confirmed… We’re still optimistic that the project will at least, break ground this year (fingers crossed).

Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Expected Opening: 2017 (TBC)


This is just the start of things to come with the following all headed our way before 2020:

  • Zayed National Museum: A museum telling the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his unification of the United Arab Emirates.
  • Clymb: A complex of climbing walls and indoor skydiving on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.
  • Meydan One: Featuring the world’s tallest dancing fountain and largest indoor ski slope.
  • IMG Legends: A further addition to IMG World’s. The world’s largest indoor theme park.
  • Six Flags Dubai: Another new theme park set to open at Dubai Parks & Resorts.
  • Aykon City: Featuring an aerial walkway from the 78th floor. The attraction will allow visitors to step out of a glass-floored viewing capsule, at a height of 935 feet above Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • The Tower: Situated in Dubai Creek, The Tower will become the world’s tallest tower at 100m taller than the Burj Khalifa.
  • Warner Brothers Theme Park: Similar in concept to Universal Studios. This park will feature the likes of Batman and Harry Potter and is scheduled to open in 2018.
  • More Malls: Dubai Mall is being expanded, Mall of The World will be the largest mall in the wold and Abu Dhabi is getting two mega-malls – Reem Mall and Al Maryah Central. There’s never been a better time to do your shopping.
  • HyperLoop: Imagine traveling between Abu Dhabi in Dubai in 12 minutes? The dream could very soon become a reality! Consider the UAE the place to be…



Some of these dates are rumored and others are correct at times of press. All views within this blog are our own and all photographs are copyright of their respective owners.