Abu Dhabi is set to introduce Surf Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest artificial surf park at Hudairiyat Island. Developed by Modon Properties in collaboration with the Kelly Slater Wave Company, the park promises the longest ride, largest barrel, and highest man-made wave for surfers of all skill levels.
UNTOLD Music Festival in Dubai
From February 15 to 18, Dubai will host the first-ever UNTOLD music festival at Expo City Dubai. The colossal music event will feature the world’s biggest acts and DJs, promising an unforgettable showcase for electronic music enthusiasts.
Check-In to Luxury: 14 New Hotels Opening in the UAE: Floating Mosque
Experience the grandeur of 14 new hotels opening in the UAE, including the One&Only One Za’abeel, a vertical urban resort with dual skyscrapers linked by the world’s longest cantilever. Other properties include the superyacht-inspired Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab and the Middle East’s first luxury hotel by Dorchester Collection, The Lana.
Float and Pray: World’s First Floating Mosque at Dubai Canal
Dubai is set to unveil the world’s first floating mosque at Dubai Canal. With a budget of Dh55 million, this three-floor marvel features an underwater prayer hall and two above-water floors for lectures, exhibits, and workshops. The mosque is part of Dubai’s initiative to boost religious tourism.
Harmony Unveiled: BAPS Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi
On February 14, the BAPS Hindu Temple will open in Abu Dhabi, spanning 27 acres and crafted from pink sandstone and white marble. Built by 3,000 artisans over four years, the temple will stand as a symbol of global harmony and will open its doors to people of all faiths with a ‘Festival of Harmony.’
Space Odyssey: Nora Al Matrooshi’s Historic Mission
Nora Al Matrooshi, the first Emirati woman astronaut, is set to make history with a space mission next year. Trained alongside colleague Mohammed Al Mulla at NASA Johnson Space Centre, this significant milestone was announced by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Chic Vibes Only: J1 Beach, Dubai’s Trendy Beachfront Destination
Say goodbye to La Mer South and prepare for the chic J1 Beach, a beachfront destination with three beach clubs and nine restaurants. Highlights include Sirene Beach by Gaia, Bâoli with haute modern Japanese cuisine, and Gigi Rigolatto – a St Tropez hotspot.
Climate Action: Abu Dhabi’s Heat Alert Initiative
Amid worsening climate change, Abu Dhabi will launch a proactive Heat Alert. The initiative aims to create action plans mitigating the impact of environmental factors on human well-being, reflecting the commitment to a sustainable future.
Sky High Connections: New Flights and Airline Services
Flydubai will kick off 2024 with new flights connecting the UAE to the Malaysian islands of Penang and Langkawi. Virgin Atlantic aims to increase its daily service between Heathrow and Dubai from October 2024, while Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will launch regular flights between Turkistan and Abu Dhabi three times a week.
Goal! Real Madrid World at Dubai Parks™ and Resorts
Opening at Dubai Parks™ and Resorts, Real Madrid World will immerse visitors in the excitement, history, and passion of one of the world’s greatest football clubs.
Spice Up Your Meal: Chipotle Mexican Grill Opening in Dubai
Chipotle Mexican Grill is expanding its global footprint by opening its inaugural restaurant in Dubai, offering a diverse menu featuring tacos, burritos, and bowls.
Musical Magic: Ed Sheeran’s ±=÷x Mathematics Tour in Dubai
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is set to captivate The Sevens Stadium on January 19 and 20 for the eagerly awaited ±=÷x Mathematics Tour, accompanied by tour guest Calum Scott.
Swing into Fun: Swingers Crazy Golf Venue on Bluewaters Island
London’s popular crazy golf venue, Swingers, will open on Bluewaters Island. It’s an adults-only venue with four nine-hole crazy golf courses, street food, an extensive drinks menu, and live DJs creating a party atmosphere.
Satellite Revolution: MBZ-SAT, UAE’s High-Resolution Commercial Satellite
In mid-2024, the UAE is set to launch MBZ-SAT, a high-resolution commercial satellite developed at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). This satellite features an automated 24/7 image arrangement system, poised to redefine global standards for commercial use.
Road Safety First: Ban on Heavy Vehicles Over 65 Tonnes
A federal law approved by the UAE Cabinet will ban heavy vehicles weighing over 65 tonnes from UAE roads starting next year. A smart electronic gate system will be installed to measure and monitor the weights and dimensions of heavy vehicles, ensuring compliance with the new regulations.
Theatrical Triumph: Hamilton’s Middle East Debut at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena
Prepare for a musical extravaganza as the award-winning Hamilton makes its Middle East debut at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena. From January 17 to February 4, audiences will be treated to a unique blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway.
Cultural Capital: 2024 World Cities Culture Summit in Dubai
Dubai is set to host the 2024 World Cities Culture Summit from October 30 to November 1, 2024. The event will spotlight creative cities leveraging their potential for investment in cultural and creative industries, shaping the trajectory of the future.
Sky’s the Limit: Ciel, the World’s Tallest Hotel Debut
Get ready for the grand debut of Ciel, the world’s tallest hotel, opening in the first quarter of 2024. Standing tall at 82 stories, this ambitious project by The First Group marks their largest and most complex development to date. The hotel’s standout features include an observation deck on the 81st floor offering panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline, the Palm Jumeirah, and the Arabian Gulf.
Educational Expansion: Dubai South’s First School in Partnership with Bright Capital Investment
Dubai South has partnered with Bright Capital Investment to introduce the area’s first school, offering a premiere British education from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 13 starting September 2024. The school, following the British curriculum, will span a 250,000 sq. ft. campus tailored for students aged 3 to 18.
Retail Delight: Expo City Mall Opening in 2024
Get ready for an exciting shopping experience as Expo City Mall prepares to open next year. With over 190 shops and dining establishments, this vibrant destination is accessible from Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, Expo Road, and Jebel Ali Road. The dedicated Dubai Expo 2020 metro station ensures seamless connectivity for visitors attending the world’s fair.
Green Mobility: Surge in Public Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
In line with Dubai’s commitment to green mobility, the city will witness a surge in public charging stations for electric vehicles. This initiative aligns with Dubai’s overarching Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, aiming to generate 100% of the emirate’s power from clean energy sources and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, fostering a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.