Following the opening announcement of the KSA-DXB travel corridor, Dubai is welcoming back KSA citizens with so much more to explore and experience. With newly opened hotels, unbeatable rates and attraction offers it’s the perfect time to explore the city.
SOFITEL DUBAI THE OBELISK
Taking pride of place in the Oud Metha area, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk hotel combines the best of French art de vivre and Egyptian heritage – there’s even a gold pyramidion capstone in the shape of an obelisk, much like the Luxor Obelisk in Paris. The hotel has 498 luxury rooms and suites, as well as 97 serviced apartments with views overlooking Old Dubai and the Creek. There’s a great selection of restaurants too, including Brasserie Bouludby celebrity chef Daniel Boulud and Taiko, an award-winning restaurant from Amsterdam.
A number of firsts are on the cards for the Middle East’s first SLS property: the SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, which is now openopen in Downtown Dubai. It is one of the tallest hotels in the city and features 254 hotel rooms, 371 residential units and 321 hotel apartments. One of the major attractions is the picture-perfect infinity pool, located 75-storeys high and offering guests a 360-degree view of Dubai – in fact, it’s expected to rank among the highest infinity pools in the world. The hotel’s restaurants and lounges also take advantage of the stunning views – a highlight is the Carna steakhouse by award-winning Italian butcher Dario Cecchoni on the 74th floor.
ADDRESS BEACH RESORT
The first beach resort by the homegrown hospitality brand, Address Beach Resort is a welcome addition to the city’s stay offerings. Taking pride of place by The Walk at JBR, the skyscraper comprises two 77-storey towers, connected by the tallest inhabited skybridge in the world. It’s also home to a number of restaurants and lounges, with a record-breaking rooftop infinity pool and five-star spa set to open soon. Whether you are looking to laze or luxuriate, this is the place to be.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Time Out Market, a dining-and-culture experience curated and vetted by the magazine’s local editors, picks up the baton and introduces the City of Gold to its own version of this tried-and-true culinary hub in Downtown’s Souk Al Bahar. With 17 concepts from the cities favourite dining spots, such as BB Social Dining, folly by Nick & Scott, Reif’s and Local Fire by The Mattar Farm, a meal at Time Out Market Dubai means you’re truly digging into the city’s most delicious dishes, cooked by the most exciting talent in town. What you’ll find inside is a hand-selected array of everything you could want to eat, drink and see in the greatest city in the world, all under one roof.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
In early 2021, Atlantis Aquaventure is set to become one of the biggest waterparks in the world with the exciting addition of a third action-packed tower. The region’s number one waterpark will break records with the 34-metre tall ‘Trident Tower’, which will introduce 12 incredible new slides to the Atlantis Aquaventure offering and entertain everyone from the little daredevils to the waterpark veterans. New record-breaking slides and world-first experiences will include FreeFALL, the tallest waterslide in the Middle East, the world’s longest family water-coaster, the first PowerRIVER in the Middle East and a thrilling new kids’ area to complement the existing Splasher’s Island family zone. Aquaventure will also provide a range of brand-new world class education programmes and marine experiences.
SCREAM IF YOU WANT TO GO FASTER
The region’s largest immersive Hollywood-inspired theme park, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, will start 2021 on a high note, and earn the park a multitude of world firsts when it launches two brand new, thrilling rides as part of its expansion of the Lionsgate® Zone.
Thrill-seekers and fans of the major motion picture franchises John Wick and Now You See Me, will soon be able to experience two record breaking new rides. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai becomes home to the first ever theme park rollercoaster inspired by the global hit action franchise John Wick, whose first three instalments have grossed nearly $600 million at the worldwide box office. The Lionsgate Zone will also introduce the world’s fastest single-car spinning coaster based on the popular twists and turns of heist thriller franchise Now You See Me. The launch of these two, world first coasters will earnMOTIONGATE™ Dubai the impressive record for the maximum number of rollercoasters in a single theme park in the Middle East.
GET IN THE DRIVING SEAT
If you enjoy healthy competition between friends and family then Topgolf Dubai, is one for you! You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy this mega entertainment venue which offers interactive golf games with 90 high-tech gaming, climate-controlled hitting bays for people of all ages and skill levels. Having opened its doors at Emirates Golf Club in Emirates Hills is has become the first of its kind venue to debut in the region. The site also houses three casual-dining restaurants concepts so if you’re not up for playing then you can always grab a bite and watch from afar.