From skyscrapers to mega-malls, a lot is planned for next year

With the new year just around the corner, it's time to look ahead to what the next 12 months have in store for the UAE. With Expo 2020 set to start in October, we already know it's going to be a huge year for the country, but there are plenty of other exciting things to look forward to.

From skyscrapers to mega-malls, here are the new attractions that you can explore as they open up throughout the year...


Reem Mall

Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island is largely residential but next year it will become the home of one of the city’s largest shopping and leisure outlets: Reem Mall. The huge mall is taking shape on the centre of the island and is scheduled to open in late 2020. Not only will it have more than 450 stores, including a hypermarket, four department stores, two food courts and a multiplex cinema, it will also house Snow Abu Dhabi, an 11,612-square metre snow park featuring 13 rides and attractions.

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences

Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is set to gain its second Atlantis hotel next year, when The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences opens. The shell of the unique design has taken its place on the Dubai skyline since construction began, showing how much bigger it will be than the original hotel. The main building work is now complete, with the hotel in the fit-out stage.

Once it opens in the second half of 2020, it will be home to 13 restaurants – six from celebrity chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Costas Spiliadis and Gaston Acurio – as well as 90 swimming pools, three aquariums and the world’s largest jellyfish tank.

The Opus is Zaha Hadid's first and only building in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

ME by Melia

The five-star ME by Melia will be the only hotel in the world to be fully designed both inside and out by the late Zaha Hadid when it opens in February next year. Located in The Opus in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa district, the 19-storey hotel will have 93 rooms and feature the flowing lines and curves that are a hallmark of the Iraqi architect’s work. It will also house 15 restaurants and bars and will be pet-friendly, with four-legged friends receiving their own welcome packs at check-in.

Ain Dubai

The world’s tallest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, is slated to open in the city next year. Standing 250 metres tall on Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai will open before Expo 2020 in October. When it does start operating, it will be 80 metres taller than the current world record holder in Las Vegas, and almost double the height of the London Eye.

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal

Although no official opening date has been announced, testing started at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal in June, meaning it is likely to be on track for a 2020 opening. When it does open, it will be able to process up to 8,500 travellers per hour. The x-shaped design will an area exceeding 74.2 hectares and will cost more than Dh19 billion. Larger plans for the airport include more hotels, shops and an aviation district in Al Falah.

Museum of the Future

Dubai’s Museum of the Future will open next year, boasting a research centre, labs, classrooms and a space for visitors to experience new technologies. Located in front of Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, the eye-shaped silver structure will also fund and market ideas for futuristic prototypes and services.

Palm Tower

Dubai’s Palm Tower is set to loom over the entrance to The Palm Jumeirah when it opens next year. The residential building is connected to Nakheel Mall, which opened last month, and will eventually be a mix of residential properties and luxury hotels. At the top of the tower will be The View at The Palm, a 240-metre high observation deck offering staggering views over Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. It will also be home to one of the world’s tallest infinity pools, which will run 360 degrees around the tower.

Madame Tussauds

The world-famous waxwork museum is set to open on Dubai’s Bluewaters Island in 2020. The project was first announced in 2008, but delays saw the opening date pushed back. Although there is no word yet on which celebrities are set to be recreated in wax, you can expect to see famous faces from around the region and further afield.

Al Wasl Plaza

Dubai is gearing up to host the world’s greatest show next year, as Expo 2020 officially arrives. Amid the dozens of new attractions across the city will be Al Wasl Plaza. The dome – filled with fountains, waterfalls, parks and palm-lined courtyards – will be 65 metres tall with a diameter of 150m. Ten thousand visitors will be able to fit inside.

Mohammed bin Rashid Library

Although an official opening date is yet to be announced, the Mohammed bin Rashid Library looks set for a 2020 start. Designed to resemble an open book, this seven-storey library sits on the edge of Dubai Creek at Al Jaddaf and will be a world-class institution.

Address Sky View

Opening in Downtown Dubai in late 2019 is Address Sky View, a new luxury hotel in the heart of the city. The hotel is more than 200 metres tall, and will be home to the new Sky Walk attraction that will enable visitors to walk around a platform suspended from the roof of the building, dangling over Dubai. It will also be home to a new rooftop infinity pool, as well as bars and restaurants.

Meydan One

Meydan One will be one of Dubai’s biggest malls when it opens in 2020. With more than 550 shops and 190 restaurants, it will also house a hypermarket, cineplex, fountain, go-karting track and 1-kilometre indoor ski slope. It is set to open late next year.

Zombie Apocalypse Park

A new zombie-themed attraction will come to Dubai in 2020, with live shows, a virtual-reality cinema and escape games, all powered by glow-in-the-dark technology. The Zombie Apocalypse Park will be located at the Night Market in Deira Islands, an in-construction quayside destination that will be the world’s largest night market when it opens. When finished, the market will stretch 1.9km along the waterfront, with 5,300 shops, restaurants and cafes.

Al Qana National Aquarium

Opening in the coming dining and entertainment destination Al Qana, the National Aquarium will be the largest in the Middle East. Spanning more than 7,000 square metres, it will be home to 33,000 marine creatures that will be cared for by a team of 80 experts and specialists. The animals will be responsibly and ethically sourced from around the world, according to organisers, with the destination highlighting the importance of conservation throughout its themed zones.

Mangrove Boardwalk

From January 2020, you will be able to stroll among Abu Dhabi’s beautiful mangroves, when the new Mangrove Boardwalk opens. It will have viewing terraces, a visitor centre, children’s play area and kayaking. The walkway is being built on Jubail Island between Yas and Saadiyat Islands and has been designed to raise awareness about the environmental significance of mangroves.

RAK Bungee Jump

In early 2020, Jebel Jais will add a bungee jump to its activities on offer. The 23-metre – 1,500 metres above sea level – will offer a free fall of 8 metres. It is part of a series of new adrenalin-filled attractions to launch in the emirate, including a suspended obstacle course and a zip-line tour through the mountains.

10 top projects to look out for before 2020

With a 12km waterfront promenade along the Dubai Water Canal, Marasi Business Bay is one of the new destinations to look forward toImage Credit: Gulf News Archives

As Dubai gets ready to host the World Expo 2020, the entire skyline is undergoing a rapid change. Major tourist and leisure attractions across Dubai are taking shape, with projects worth billions of dirhams already under way. Here are our picks of the top 10 projects to look out for.


Al Habtoor City

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Al Habtoor City boasts of three ultra-luxurious hotels – the city’s first-ever St. Regis, a flagship W Hotel, and a new The Westin Dubai, offering more than 1,600 elegant rooms. The city also exclusively offers three elegant residential towers, a 1,300-seat permanent water-based theatre production by Franco Dragone called La Perle, and numerous retail and leisure facilities, including boutiques, well-known restaurants and sophisticated cafes, a boulevard, a marina promenade, a tennis academy and luscious landscaped gardens.

The exclusive development also offers three lavish residential properties, Noura, Amna and Meera, in two 74-storey towers and one 52-storey tower, which includes stylish apartments, including 12 penthouses, three of which are VIP penthouses. Their lofts have roomy living spaces, spacious kitchens, and multiple balconies with mesmerising Dubai views. Three simplex penthouses cover an area of 800sq m of luxurious lifestyle with floor-to-ceiling windows. The towers’ six duplex penthouses cover 862 sq m, with an L-shaped living and dining area, giving residents unobstructed views of the private pool, jacuzzi and landscaped garden. Spread across four floors, the three VIP penthouses have lavish rooms, multiple garden terraces, open-air jacuzzi, a gym, a sauna and steam room – an ultimate luxury experience.

Completion date: 2018
Number of units: 1,460 apartments; 365 units at W Hotel
Type of units: hotels, residential apartments, penthouses

Other relevant information:
•  It is a 10-million-sq-ft development plan
•  It is the first hotel, residential and leisure complex on the Dubai Water Canal
•  It has 5,000 parking spaces
•  Has a budget of Dh11.01 billion


Al Seef

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Stretching 1.8km along the Creek and close to Al Fahidi Cultural Historical Neighbourhood, Al Seef is designed to keep Emirati culture at its core. Relive the country’s heritage, journey through their past and immerse in their culture through shows and cultural events at their open-air amphitheatre and open-air museum, art galleries, Emirati handicraft selling boutiques and traditional souks, and floating markets. Visitors will see glimpses of Emirati culture such as pearl diving, fishing, boat building and have access to abras and dhows.

The waterfront promenade will also have cafes and restaurants where visitors can dine, relax and continue to breathe in the nostalgic atmosphere, where dhows float their way along the beautifully serene waterway.

The project will also be home to three hotels – a 200-key heritage, a 150-key contemporary upscale and a 200-room contemporary luxury hotel.

Completion date: 2017
Number of units: 550 hotel rooms
Type of units: hotels, commercial, retail shops, offices, cultural amenities

Other relevant information:
•  The cultural centre is set to be completed this year
•  The design was inspired by local historic districts as well as the traditional souqs in Oman
•  The project was announced at Cityscape Global 2015
•  The project costs more than Dh1.49 billion


Bvlgari Resort Hotel and Marina Village

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Exclusively located on Jumeirah Bay Island, a seahorse-shaped island off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Road, Bvlgari Resort Hotel is developed by Meraas Holding and will be the world’s fifth Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts property. Planned to be operational this year, it is designed by an Italian architectural firm, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners. The 1.7-million-sq-ft complex will comprise 101 rooms and suites, 20 residential villas and a marina engulfed by landscaped gardens and accompanied with a full range of luxurious amenities. The residents will have magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf and a white sand beach cove.

Completion date: 2017
Number of units: 101 hotel rooms, 20 hotel villas, 15 residential villas, 165 apartments, 8 penhouses
Type of units: villas and luxury hotel

Other relevant information:
•  The project’s built-up area is 271,000sq m
•  Alemco is the project’s contractor for all the MEP infrastructure
•  A carriageway bridge will connect the island and the mainland


Dubai Frame

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Standing tall at 150m high and 93m wide in Za’abeel Park, Dubai Frame will be one of the city’s unique and memorable landmarks upon its completion by the end of the year.

Holding up to its iconic reputation, it will glow against the blue skies with its two golden towers and a connecting bridge. The frame represents the old, the new and the future of Dubai. Visitors will journey through Dubai’s past at the mezzanine level, where the city’s history and evolution will be told through new and updated means of presentation.

After the old comes the new, which the visitors will experience at the sky deck level, with a 360-degree view of Old Dubai to the north and New Dubai to the south. They will experience interactive applications to supplement the New Dubai experience.

The final experience will be a virtual metropolis of the Future Dubai, taking the visitor from the present to 50 years into the future in the magnificent city.

Completion date: 2017
Number of units: N/A
Type of units: N/A

Other relevant information:
•  Total project area is 7,145 sq m
•  Launched in 2013 with an estimated budget of Dh160 million


Bluewaters Island


A Meraas project, Bluewaters is a contemporary family-friendly island destination located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence. It is a man-made mixed use island that is home to an exclusive selection of luxury apartments, penthouses and town houses.

Within the island, one will not have difficulty locating the world’s largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, standing tall at 210m high. Set to become one of the world’s largest tourism hotspots housing two luxury hotels, Bluewaters Island will also be a shopper’s paradise, with a wide selection of retail and dining concepts. JBR’s The Beach is also a few minutes of leisurely walk away.

The plan is to construct 10 residential towers, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The island will be connected to the mainland via a direct roadway from Shaikh Zayed Road. A monorail system will operate and transport visitors on a driverless vehicular system to Dubai Metro’s Nakheel Harbour and Towers station. A pedestrian bridge will connect the island to the JBR beachfront, giving its residents and visitors a few minutes of good old relaxing walk.

Completion date: 2018
Number of units: 702 apartments, 17 town houses, 150 retail shops
Type of units: retail shops, residential buildings, penthouses and town houses

Other relevant information:
•  Launched in 2013 and will reportedly cost over Dh5.87 billion
•  Developed by Meraas
•  About 75% complete


Marasi Business Bay

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Marasi Business Bay was launched by Dubai Holding in May 2016 and developed by Dubai Properties Group. Set to span 12km of waterfront promenade along the Dubai Water Canal, Marasi Business Bay is divided into three uniquely themed areas — The Yacht Club, The Park and The Pier.

The project will feature floating homes, a first of its kind in the UAE, each having exclusive boat access and incomparable Dubai Water Canal views.

The beautiful waterfront will host five palm tree-lined marinas accommodating 1,250 yacht berths.

Local and international businesses, along with the parks and the waterfront promenade, are spread out in an open space of 250,000 sq m with over 100 shops and outlets. The park area spans almost 60,000 sq m.

Completion date: 2022
Type of units: residential and retail outlets

Other relevant information:
•  The project budget is Dh1 billion
•  Uses state-of-the-art Seaflex mooring technology
•  Expected to attract 20 million tourists in 2020


Jewel of the Creek


A massive-scale infrastructure developed by Dubai International Real Estate, Jewel of the Creek will be a luxurious address comprising an estimated 1,200-1,500 residential apartments and about 1,000 offices. Located in Deira, it has a budget of Dh4 billion and will be completed in two phases — first phase will be completed this year and the second by 2019.

Jewel of the Creek’s first phase comprises a 438-room flagship Roda five-star hotel, four towers of serviced apartments, a 60-berth marina and 20 retail and food and beverage outlets. To create the island, water from the Creek was brought inside, bounded, salted and filtered, and became a swimming pool of 400m wide and 4m deep.

The project’s second phase will be home to the Dubai Dome, a 3,000-capacity multipurpose hall, along with three hotels – a 389-room dry hotel, a 445-room fashionable four-star hotel and a 405-room plug-and-play three-star hotel.

The project is situated between Dubai Creek’s floating bridge and Al Maktoum Bridge on the Deira side.

Completion date: 2017 (phase 1) and 2019 (phase 2)
Number of units: (Phase 1) 480 apartments, 438 hotel rooms, 28 shops; (Phase 2) 1,239 hotel rooms
Type of units: serviced apartments, hotels, shops

Other relevant information:
•  Project’s estimated value is Dh4 billion
•  Project size: 800,000 sq m
•  Main contractor is Habtoor Leighton Group
•  Design is a collaboration between Kling Consult and Kieferle & Partner


Dubai Creek Harbour

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As the city’s natural harbour, Dubai Creek was the epicentre of Dubai trade, fishing and pearling. Focusing on the city’s source of livelihood and culture, Dubai Holding joined forces with Emaar for the Dubai Creek Harbour. Harnessing the historical and environmental aspects of Dubai Creek, they formulated a masterplan for a smart yet green city, while keeping its heritage radiant and secure.

Located next to Ras Al Khor’s national wildlife sanctuary, Dubai Creek Harbour is a 6-million-sq-m, mixed-use development with waterfront eco-resorts, a marina and yacht club, commercial and retail space, blending well with cultural, leisure and educational amenities. It will also create a sustainable transport system for community dwellers to commute to the city.

Dubai Creek Harbour will boast a new skyline icon, The Tower, planned to be the world’s tallest architectural design. Its form is inspired by a budding lily flower, influenced by local Islamic culture. It will have rotating balconies and observation decks and a hotel.

Launched in 2006, Dubai Creek Harbour will be twice the size of Downtown Dubai when completed.

Completion date: 2025
Number of units: approximately 3,035 apartments
Type of units: residential apartment units, retail shops and cultural amenities

Other relevant information:
•  Ten-minute drive from Dubai International Airport
•  The Tower’s designer, Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, was approved by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
•  Will also be home to another ambitious project, Dubai Twin Towers, designed to be the tallest twin towers in the world


Jafza Convention Centre Complex

With a budget of over Dh 1.21 billion, Jafza Convention Centre Complex’s all three phases were awarded to Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG). It is located in the heart of Dubai Free Zone on Shaikh Zayed Road and in close proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport.

With a total built-up area of more than 363,000 sq m, the project comprises 33-storey twin office towers with three basement levels, a 1,000-q-m banquet hall, a convention centre that can accommodate 600 people with state-of-the-art auditorium, 22 meeting and conference rooms, a 22-outlet food court and retail area, an executive health club, a 2,200-sq-m business centre and around 4,000 parking bays spread over four levels.

Completion date: phase 3 by 2017 (phase 1 and phase 2 are complete)
Number of units: 1,274 offices
Type of units: offices, commercial, retail

Other relevant information:
•  Launched in April 2007


Marsa Al Arab

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Marsa Al Arab is Dubai Holding’s mega project spread across an area of 4 million sq ft. It is composed of two islands on both sides of the Burj Al Arab Hotel with a 2.2km beach façade.

One island is designed for entertainment and for visiting families, complemented with a family-oriented hotel. It will have a Wild Wadi Water Park, offering exciting rides and amazing attractions. The resort will also be home to an unique Marine Park, the first edutainment centre in the Middle East. A 1,700-seat theatre will house the world-famous theatrical show, Cirque du Soleil. A pearl farm and a pearl-inspired boutique hotel will take form on the island, promoting the UAE’s heritage and culture.

The second island is for a luxury resort, located to the left of the Burj Al Arab. It will be an island of 140 luxury villas with their own private yacht marina, a yacht club and a boutique hotel with high-end facilities.

Marsa Al Arab will also have 400 new food and beverage outlets and a convention centre with a hotel, equipped to host very large international conferences and festivals.

Completion date: 2020
Number of units: 300 apartments, 140 villas, 2,400 hotel rooms
Type of units: apartments, villas and commercial units (food and beverage; convention centre)

Other relevant information:
•  Total estimated cost is Dh6.3 billion
•  Launched in May 2017 and will be completed by end of 2020

Source: Cavendish Maxwel


Saudi developer Al Khozama starts on second phase at 'The District Al Faisaliah'

Centred around flagship mall, it will see multiple towers, hotels added at Olaya district

The District Al Faisaliah, Saudi Arabia
The District Al Faisaliah in Saudi Arabia will see the complete re-development of the stretch, creating a super-premium mixed-use destination.Image Credit: Al Khozama Company

Dubai: The second phase construction of The District Al Faisaliah project in Saudi Arabia’s Olaya District has started, the developer, Al Khozama Company, confirmed. This phase will see multiple high-rises and a mall in the super-premium project.

The first phase, which was announced in 2017 saw the refurbishment and expansion of the Mode Al Faisaliah Mall, extending its square-metre footprint by 20 per cent to offer premium space and introduced international restaurant brands.


“We are proud to achieve significant success in hospitality, retail centres and F&B to create an unrivalled lifestyle and unique experience for the Saudi community and its guests,” said Khalid Saud Abu Haimed, CEO of Al Khozama Company.

The second features the Al Faisaliah Tower, Al Khairiah Towers, Al Faisaliah Hotel, Al Faisaliah Suites, Hotel Al Khozama and the Mode Al Faisaliah Mall.

Four new schools to open in Dubai

Four new schools are set to open in Dubai for the 2020-21 academic year.

The schools, which will be opening in Abu Hail, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jebel Ali and Al Rashidiya, will create over 4,100 new places.

Mohammed Darwish, CEO of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) permits and compliance sector, said: “Dubai is a key player in the global economy and our continued growth in education is driven by innovation. New schools will bring new educational models that are in line with changing expectations of families.

Twelve new private hospitals to open in Dubai by 2020

A total of 12 new private hospitals will open in Dubai by the year 2020 totalling the number of private hospitals in Dubai to 38, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) revealed.

The DHA’s Health Regulation Department revealed that the private medical field in Dubai is going to witness a growth in the next few years leading to 2020.

Earlier this week, the authority revealed that the number of private medical health facilities in Dubai have witnessed a four per cent increase in the second quarter of this year compared to the first quarter, totalling the number of private health facilities to 3,018.

They include 26 hospitals, four fertility centres, 34 one-day-surgery centres, 1,624 specialised and general medical complexes, 82 dental treatment centres and laboratories, 868 pharmacies and 38 health examination and house nursing facilities.

In addition to the 26 hospitals opening this year, the authority’s Health Regulation Department announced that there would be 12 new private hospitals in the next three years that will provide patients with 875 beds.

This will total the number of hospitals to 38 hospitals— in addition to seven other hospitals that are undergoing expansions to include 750 beds.

Meanwhile, the Health Regulation Department revealed that there are more than 36,055 licensed physicians in the medical private sector of Dubai, out of which 13,594 are new licenses.

The Director of the Health Regulation Department, Dr Marwan Al Mulla said these numbers prove that Dubai has succeeded in attracting investment, which reflects Dubai’s competitive capabilities and its ability to accommodate various sectors and international facilities from all over the world who chose to make Dubai their investment destination.

Dr Al Mulla said that to meet these growing developments, the authority is developing its regulatory standards to ensure the delivery of high medical standards that exceed expectations, and to provide the Emirate with skilled and highly qualified health professionals. These regulations also aims to protect the rights of patients through a regulatory system to ultimately elevate the quality of the medical sector to achieve customer satisfaction and to simplify investor’s procedures.

Emaar Hospitality Group unveils six new hotel projects

The new hotels and serviced residences in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Egypt add to a portfolio of upcoming properties under the three hotel brands of Emaar Hospitality Group – the premium luxury Address Hotels + Resorts, the upscale lifestyle Vida Hotels and Resorts, and the contemporary midscale Rove Hotels.

Announcing the new projects at a press conference in Dubai, Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer commented: “We are marking our tenth decade of operation this year, and in such a short span of time, we have established our reputation as a home-grown Dubai hospitality group with a fast-growing regional and international footprint. The upcoming properties highlight our competencies as a hotel and serviced residences operator, committed to delivering guest-centric lifestyle experiences.

“We have recorded a positive growth year in 2016 and continue to build on the success, with the launch of new properties including Address Boulevard and three Rove Hotels in a span of just nine months, all in Dubai. This demonstrates our focus on not only serving the luxury hospitality market of the city but also to create distinctive brand experiences that appeal to the new millennials and next generation of travellers.”

Emaar Hospitality Group’s new projects include Address Dubai Creek Harbour and Address Residences Dubai Creek Harbour in Dubai, a six sq-km mega development.

Also under Address Hotels + Resorts are the new Address Marassi Beach Resort and Address Residences Marassi Beach Resort, which are part of the beachfront Marassi master-planned development by Emaar Misr in Egypt.

Emaar Hospitality Group has already signed a management contract to operate Address Marassi Golf Resort + Spa in the same master-development.

These add to the upcoming projects of Address Hotels + Resorts in Dubai, Fujairah, Bahrain and Turkey.

Four new projects will be operated under the Vida Hotels and Resorts brand. These include the Vida Dubai Creek Harbour, Vida Dubai Marina and Vida Residences Dubai Marina.

Further, Vida Hotels and Resorts marks its expansion to Abu Dhabi with the management contract to operate Vida Beach Reem Island Abu Dhabi and Vida Residences Beach Reem Island Abu Dhabi, both for Aldar Properties.

Having already expanded with hotel management contracts in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Vida Hotels and Resorts is further strengthening its international portfolio with Vida Marassi Marina and Vida Residences Marassi Marina in Egypt.

Emaar Hospitality Group plans to expand its footprint to other high-growth markets as well as gateway cities such as India and China, and other global gateway cities for the group.

Emaar Hospitality Group’s track-record – with average daily rates and occupancy levels higher than industry average – reflects the strong growth of Dubai’s tourism and hospitality sector, said Harnisch.

“The Dubai Tourism Vision and Expo 2020 Dubai are strong drivers of growth for the industry, and we will continue to drive our expansion and create a truly world-class infrastructure for visitors to Dubai,” he commented.

With 10 operational hotels and three serviced residences already, Emaar Hospitality Group now has a pipeline of 26 upcoming projects, a testament to the home-grown competencies of the Group and its expansion strategy to operate hotels in key locations in high-growth markets.

All of the lavish new hotels set to open in Dubai in 2020

With the start of a new year comes a brand new list of exciting upcoming projects all set to open their doors in 2020. Among them are a seriously wow-worthy array of luxury hotels, complete with a range of exciting dining concepts, lavish pool facilities, and incredible citywide views.

From the super-luxury, to the colourful and creative, here are the best hotel openings expected in 2020.

ME Dubai

Opening: March 2020

Taking residence in the stunning 95 metre, Opus building, ME Dubai is set to become somewhat of a legacy hotel when it opens next month. It is the only hotel project where the late Zaha Hadid personally designed all of the interiors and exteriors. ME Dubai will occupy six floors in the lower half of the building and consist of 93 rooms and suites as well as 96 serviced apartments. The jewel in the crown is set to be the ultra-luxurious ‘Suite ME’, which will occupy 200 square metres. Inside you’ll find the third branch of The Maine, called the Maine Land Brasserie as well as Japanese robatayaki restaurant, ROKA and Refuel & Relax pool bar.

Sofitel Dubai Wafi


Opening: Spring 2020

Accor is due to launch Sofitel Dubai Wafi, connected to Wafi Mall, in the new year. The 595-room property will be the largest Sofitel hotel in the Middle East, inclusive of 97 luxury serviced apartments. The hotel plans to open Amsterdam-born Asian restaurant Taiko, created by executive chef, Schilo van Coevorden, British gastro pub The Nine, a modern brasserie at the helm of a French celebrity chef, as well as a French patisserie in the lobby and a pool bar.

Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah

Opening: July 2020

The first Marriott resort in Dubai, set to open on Palm Jumeirah, will include eight food and beverage outlets, including Korean, Italian, Japanese and Mexican cuisines. There will also be a rooftop bar called ‘Above Eleven’ which will serve Peruvian cuisine and will feature a garden maze in the entrance. All of the rooms and suites will come with a private balcony overlooking the Arabian Gulf, when the resort opens in July 2020.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Opening: September 2020

Beachside hotel Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, will be opening in September 2020 on the main trunk of Palm Jumeirah. Along with stunning ocean-view rooms, the hotel’s exciting selling point is the food and beverage offering. Many of the city’s popular haunts will be setting up shop in the new property. You’ll find a brand new Trader Vic’s (and Trader Vic’s Beach Bar), a new concept by McGettigan’s, CLAW BBQ, Jones the Grocer and Barfly.

The Royal Atlantis

Opening: Q3 2020

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences is on track to open in the third quarter of 2020. The Dhs5.15 billion property will be made up of 231 luxury apartments, 693 hotel rooms and 102 suites. The 43-storey hotel will also feature 90 swimming pools, including a stunning rooftop infinity pool suspended 96 meters above The Palm on level 22. The hotel will exclusively host restaurants helmed by international celebrity chefs, including Gastón AcurioCostas SpiliadisAriana BundyHeston Blumenthal and Jose Andres.


Opening: Q3 2020

The five-star SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences will be one of the tallest hotels in the city when it opens in the third quarter of 2020, and will boast 254 expertly designed hotel rooms, 371 residential units and 321 hotel apartments. For dining, guests will be able to choose between Italian restaurant Fi’lia (which will also serve as the all day dining restaurant) on level 70 and Carna, a steakhouse by award-winning Italian butcher Dario Cecchoni found on the 74th floor. For relaxation, Ciel Spa, located on the 69th floor will feature 7 treatment rooms, steam rooms, experience showers, plunge pools, a salon and gym. In addition, the property’s nightlife venue, Privilege, will be located on the rooftop featuring expansive interior lounge space that opens up directly onto the roof terraces and infinity pools.

St Regis The Palm

Opening: Q4 2020

The Palm Jumeirah St Regis will be a 289 room hotel – with the rooms spanning the first 18 floors of The Palm Tower, while the upper floors of the building will be made up of 504 luxury apartments. AURA Skypool will also open as part of a three-floor luxe dining and entertainment destination atop Palm Tower. One floor above on level 51 the famed SUSHISAMBA restaurant will open, serving up a mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine; while the 52nd floor will play host to the Palm Tower’s much-awaited viewing deck, aptly called The View.

The Dorchester

Opening: Q4 2020

Located in Business Bay, this will be the most modern Dorchester property in the famed hotel chain’s collection. The futuristic design has two interlocking (Tetris style) towers, a residential section with 39 apartments and a large rooftop pool. The ultra-luxury property is expected to open at the end of 2020.

Legoland Hotel

Opening: H1 2020

Dubai Parks and Resorts, the home of Motiongate, Bollywood Parks and of course Legoland, will become home to the Middle East’s first Legoland hotel in 2020. The hotel, which is set to have 250 lego-themed rooms, will feature a castle play area and a disco elevator within the resort. Set to open in the first half of next year, a first-look render has revealed a candy-coloured exterior surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns.

Mandarin Oriental Wasl Tower

Opening: TBC 2020

The second Mandarin Oriental property to reach Dubai will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road. The 63 storey property will feature 257 rooms, suites and serviced apartments. It is said to have been designed to ‘reflect local culture, with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage’. According to Mandarin Oriental’s corporate website, included in the restaurant and bar offering will be ‘a lively rooftop sky bar with citywide views, a signature dining experience, an all-day dining venue, a poolside bar and restaurant, a lobby lounge, a club lounge, a cigar room and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop’.

Address Jumeirah Resort

Opening: TBC 2020

You might have noticed the unique architecture of this bespoke hotel being created on the edge of Jumeirah Beach Residence, next to Doubletree by Hilton. The two towers are 74 storeys each, connected at the top and bottom to create a frame-like structure. The property will be home to 217 rooms and suites and has private access to 100 metres of pristine sandy beach, as well as prime views of Ain Dubai. There’s even a lavish infinity pool on the rooftop where the two towers meet.


Opening: TBC 2020

After the success of Abu Dhabi EDITION the stylish boutique-style property by Marriott is opening a second UAE hotel in Dubai. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai EDITION will have 258 guest rooms, 15 suites and four restaurants, set to be managed by a ‘prestigious chain’. You’ll find it in Downtown Dubai, close to Fountain Street and The Dubai Mall.

Corinthia Hotel Meydan Beach Dubai

Opening: TBC 2020

Making its mark on the popular shores of Jumeirah Beach Residence, Corinthia Hotel Meydan Beach is set to be the tallest building in JBR. Located just next door to Rixos Premium, the new property will be home to 360 rooms and suites. There’s a multi-level cascading pool area in the centre court of the hotel, leading down onto the beach.


Langham Place by Omniyat

Opening: TBC 2020

Mater developer Omniyat will be opening a luxury hotel in Burj Khalifa District, Downtown Dubai. Langham Place is the developer’s first luxury city hotel, offering 167 guests rooms plus a number of serviced residential apartments. The property promises views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Canal, when it opens its doors next year.

Riu Deira Islands

Opening: TBC 2020

Deira Islands, the offshore project by Nakheel will be home to a beachfront property by Spanish hotel chain, Riu. The 750-room hotel will be an all-inclusive resort, complete with access to the soon-to-open Deira Mall and Deira Islands Night Souk.


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