The Most Ambitious Dubai Projects Completing in 2021
Dubai is known for its magnificent architectural works, from towering skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa to man-made islands such as Palm Jumeirah and Pearl Jumeirah. There are several new projects on the horizon, some of which were delayed as a result of the pandemic last year. We are looking forward to the following marvels being ready in 2021, adding to Dubai’s unique charm.
The largest Ferris wheel in the world has been fully assembled and standing tall on Bluewater Island for over a year now. However, it needed a few finishing touches before it could be opened to the public and that time is now very near. The wheel features 47 pods and at a height of 210 metres, will offer the most awe-inspiring views to anyone that takes a ride. The exact opening date is unknown at this time, but an announcement should be coming any day.
The Royal Atlantis
The little sister to the Atlantis in a figurative sense (and larger in a literal sense at double its height), the Royal Atlantis has been very keenly anticipated from the day it was announced. From its picture perfect location on the apex of Palm Jumeirah and striking contemporary architecture to its wealth of resort amenities and exciting restaurant concepts by Heston Blumenthal and Jose Andres, there is a lot to look forward to. The resort is expected to open in the second half of this year.
Adding to Dubai’s impressive tally of man-made islands and expanding the city’s coastline just a little bit more, Dubai Harbour has been a unique project from the time it was announced. The island has a dedicated ‘residential community’ of high-rise towers known as Emaar Beachfront, and will also feature two cruise terminals, the largest yacht marina in the Middle East, and a stunning new landmark in the form of the Dubai Lighthouse. The island welcomed some of its first yachts in late 2020, and we can expect a grand opening some time this year.
Originally scheduled for October of last year, Expo 2020 was pushed back as a result of the pandemic to later this year. This mega event will consist of lavish themed pavilions representing countries around the world, as well as ideas relevant to our future, such as sustainability. Several of the pavilions are already open for public viewing and an extension to the Dubai Metro known as the Expo 2020 Line began operations from the start of this year.
Dubai Hills Mall
A mega shopping centre located within the community of Dubai Hills Estate, the Dubai Hills Mall will be so much more than just a retail destination on being complete. The mall will contain an 18-screen rooftop cinema, a hypermarket, 650 shops, and a plaza inspired by the design of European town square. Residents of Dubai Hills Estate will enjoy direct access to the mall across a lovely tree-lined boulevard.
Museum of the Future
This very unique structure, which would not be out of place in the background of a science fiction film, has added a sleek touch to the skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road. The museum will be a centre for innovation, tolerance and creativity, providing a bold vision of the UAE’s future. The interior design of the building will feature several innovative elements as well.
Palm Tower is one of the most exciting projects on the Palm, rising 240 meters high alongside the Nakheel Mall. The tower will have one of the highest infinity pools in the world on its 50th floor, as well as a rooftop restaurant, an observation deck and the city’s second St. Regis Hotel along with lower 18 floors. Towards the end of this month, the observation deck will open its doors to the public, followed by the grand opening of the tower shortly after.
Sky Walk at The Address Sky Views
Opening at the tail end of 2019, The Address Residences Sky View is a magnificent twin-tower project that sits at the periphery of Downtown Dubai. A bridge that connects the two towers at their peak, aptly known as the Sky Bridge, allows you to enjoy the most dramatic panoramas of the city. Soon, you will be able to gaze out over those views with a rush of adrenaline on the Sky Walk, a 30-meter long cantilevered walkway jutting out from the top of the structure. Visitors to the Sky Walk will be attached to a harness, but this is still an attraction that will require nerves of steel.