In recent years, the UAE has seen a boom in largescale tourist attractions, the bulk of which focus on outdoor entertainment. The trend has spawned the likes of The Walk at JBR, Dubai Safari Park, Al Seef Area, and the Dubai Canal.

One of the central aims when investing in these projects is always to ensure the spaces include facilities convenient for both visitors and outdoor working labor during UAE’s harsh summers. This calls for the need of optimum outdoor thermal comfort conditions to be implemented in the design development, and the provision of safe working conditions for the labor to avoid dehydration, heart-related illnesses, heat strokes, and any sort of harm caused by the infamous heat of the UAE.

In addition, sustainability is also key for any new project. Almost all of our live construction sites across the region – of which their remains an enormous number – are calling for new regulations that could prevent further environmental challenges.

The Dubai Canal is the epitome of both of these goals. Since its development, the snaking rivers have enhanced the flow of the water to all its nearby areas. It has also provided the perfect tourist attraction as not only a refreshing alternative to exploring the city by car, but because of the restaurants, shopping facilities, and various outdoor activities, such as cycling, skateboarding, that run parallel to its waters.

Another future project that seems to follow the same lines of innovation is Floating Venice – an underwater luxury vessel resort. Situated in The World Islands, it embraces the idea of connecting art and culture with a luxurious and calming experience for its visitors. It will feature restaurants, accommodation, pools, spas, and shopping facilities, in order to provide tourists a full ‘Venetian’ experience.

Credit: Kleindienst Group

Credit: Kleindienst Group

This project is expected to be completed and open by 2020, which would officially make it the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort, thus, giving UAE the opportunity to create new worldwide records of its own, yet again.

Another project in the pipeline is the Jumeirah Beach Coastline, Bluewaters Island. Consisting of Ain Dubai – the world’s largest observation wheel, a variety of residential areas, and retail stores – the new island is aiming to provide a safe family environment that mixes lifestyle with entertainment.

The private island will offer breathtaking views of Dubai from atop the Ain Dubai, and will also create a home experience that is distant from the norm.

Credit: Habtoor Leighton Group

Heading into 2018, the UAE is focused on opening its people – of all social classes and positions in the hierarchy – to different forms of art. It is aiming to mix modern and vintage styles, in order to create attractions that draw attention and allow people to explore a 3-dimensional world through a brand-new lens.

This is most apparent through the various street art murals found plastered around Dubai - Al Satwa Community, in particular. A creative approach to that is the Dubai Street Museum, as named by Dubai ruler - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. 

It seeks to turn Dubai into a portal of cultural and contemporary aesthetic creations. Joining the work of artists from around the world and local ones through the art of graffiti. 

Last, but not least, we must also look forward to the opening of the Dubai Creek Harbor. Located 15 minutes from Downtown Dubai, it is said to be a major leap into the future. This development will contain residential and commercial areas, and will become known as the home of the Dubai Creek Tower, which is set to break Burj Khalifa’s record as the tallest building in the world. This particular project allows us to see the futuristic and innovative vision that the UAE always tries to reach in each and every single one of its developments.

Credit: Emaar Properties

Credit: Emaar Properties

As we can see, this ongoing trend of catering to international visitors has definitely helped the UAE break its people out of the need to stay indoors, by providing suitable outdoor facilities that offer shelter from the heat and occasional wind, which are appearing to get more and more innovative and creative day by day.

Yara Dakak

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