WORLD’S LARGEST INDOOR THEME PARK IS NOW OPEN
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inspected the IMG Worlds of Adventure, an indoor theme park that was inaugurated on Wednesday.
The Dh3.7-billion park occupies an area of 1.5 million square feet, making it the largest indoor theme park in the world.
INDOOR TROPICAL RAINFOREST OPENS IN DUBAI
A tropical rainforest opens this week in the city boasting 3,000 species of plants, animals and birds in the tree canopy high above a giant aquarium full of exotic fish. Porcupines, sloths, snakes, spiders and a huge array of exotic birds are just some of the species living within the confines of the Green Planet project, which opens at City Walk on Thursday at 10am.
Each exhibit had been sourced from responsible breeders from around the world left and it is no surprise that a lot has gone into this hybrid environment to foster a substantial coexistence of all the species.
ROYAL ARABIAN RECOMMENDATION – ITALIAN THEMED DUBAI OUTLET VILLAGE OPENS ITS DOORS
The first phase of Dubai’s Italian themed Outlet Village mall has opened its doors in Jebel Ali. Project developer Meraas said the property features three department stores, family attractions and more than 125 brands at launch including Galeries Lafayette, DKNY, Dunhill and Guiseppe Zanotti,
Phase one spans 1.5 million square feet with additional phases to add a further 3 million square feet, with space for 400 brands. Inspired by Tuscan hilltop town and UNESCO World Heritage site San Gimignano, the mall is expected to welcome 30 million visitors annually.
THE GREAT GRAND OPENING OF DUBAI OPERA
The UAE’s cultural scene took a mighty stride forward on Wednesday night with the grand opening of the Dubai Opera – inaugurated in suitably glorious fashion by a man widely dubbed the “king of opera”. Legendary tenor Placido Domingo marked the moment with a stunning opening concert, showcasing the Spaniard’s vocal virtuosity over favourite arias, duets and Broadway staples alike. Strolling the stage theatrically, the 75-year-old star made his gusto entrance with Giordano’s Nemico della Patria, Domingo’s bountiful charisma beaming from the stage.
PALM 360 WILL BE READY BY 2020
By 2020 Palm 360 – a new tower on the Palm Jumeirah that’s being built on the Western Crescent of the Palm, will be open for those wishing to nest in this unique spot on the earth. The twin tower will be home to two boutique hotels (with 110 rooms each), 252 one-bedroom and two-bedroom residences and 12 four-bedroom penthouses (which will be the size of four tennis courts each).
A NEW DISTRICT IS IN TOWN
Dubai prides itself on being a future-thinking city – and a just-announced new development is taking things one step further. Jumeirah Central, a 47-million-square-foot district is set to be built alongside Sheikh Zayed Road that H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Saturday.
In line with Dubai’s ‘smart city’ movement, Jumeirah Central will be near the Sharaf DG metro station on the Jumeirah side of Sheikh Zayed Road and will feature environmentally-friendly transport options including aerial gondolas. If you’re not sure what an aerial gondola looks like, it’s one of those things flying around the top of the picture above.
LEGOLAND DUBAI UNVEILS SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE MODEL
The scale model of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque made of LEGO blocks by LEGOLAND Dubai which was constructed over 6,300 hours, has been unveiled just two months before the park opens.
Made using more than HALF A MILLION bricks and weighing more than a TONNE (1,323kg) it is one of the signature elements of the mini-city that will be at the heart of the park.
DRIVE DRIVERLESS IN DUBAI
The future is now with the driverless vehicles that were first seen in Dubai at the second Mena Transport Congress and Exhibition. The box-like vehicles ran exhibitors between sites on a very short pre-programmed route, carrying up to 10 passengers at one time.
So successful and popular were the little pods, that Emaar Properties will now use them on a 700 metre track around the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. Built around a high-tech sensor system, the cars are fitted with a number of safety features in line with traditional automobiles. They are considered to be the first phase of a campaign to have 25 per cent of journeys in Dubai to be ‘driverless’ by 2030.