DUBAI Developments & Attractions
General Area Attraction News -
(2/15/18) Sometime in 2018 a new VR theme park experience is set to open in the Dubai Mall. The attraction is called “VR Park Dubai” and it will feature Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and other special attractions set up in a unique two-story space, including a VR Rollercoaster of some kind.
(3/27/17) According to this article plans have been drawn up to build a new "integrated island resort" at Dubai's Jumeirah Beach that will feature MGM branded hotels as well as a Bellagio-branded hotel. Construction is to start later this year and be complete by 2021. Rising in the center of it all will be a 110-meter tall tower structure to be called the Dubai Safeer, which will apparently also feature a large indoor family attraction area below to be called "Cave of Wonders".
It's interesting to see Dubai projects still being announced as the first wave of major parks in the area have just opened in the last few months, but it is a good sign that early results for those projects now open are positive. Another interesting article about attraction development in the Dubai area can be found here, written by Joseph Joy, the Director of Triotech.
Late 2018 - La Mer - (4/20/18) Screamscape has been told that the new Le Mer waterpark in Dubai is set to open today, Friday, April 20th.
(1/3/18) A reader visiting Dubai dropped by the La Mer Dubai project yesterday and sent in a few pictures of the mini waterpark which appears to have about 5 slides that look to be pretty much complete. I'm told that the opening is slated for April, but other than the waterslides shown, it doesn't look like they are even close to finishing up anything else for it at this point. Also enjoy some other pictures showing off the rest of the La Mer Dubai project area.
(11/15/17) A quick correction ... the picture we had posted over the weekend was mistakenly thought to be the start of the new Wild Wadi waterpark, but it isn't This is actually part of the new La Mer site near the shoreline which will also have a small waterpark and is supposed to open by late 2018.
???? - Dubai Eye / Caesars / Bluewaters Island - Under Construction - (4/20/18) According to the news Caesars Entertainment is working with Meraas to open two luxury hotels, a conference center and beach club at the Bluewaters Island project. The first to open will be the Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, which could be ready by the end of 2018. If the Bluewaters name sounds familiar, it should... as this is also the location of where the giant Dubai Eye observation wheel is under construction.
One other interesting note regarding the involvement of Caesars Entertainment... apparently these will be non-gambling resorts. Despite the fact that casino style gambling is what the Caesars' brand is primarily known for, these will be their first two non-gaming resorts.
(12/26/17) After several delays it looks like the basic circle structure of the Dubai Eye giant wheel is finally complete. I don't know what the final height actually is, but I believe the proposal was for a 210 meter wheel (689 ft) which will be the world's tallest giant wheel when it actually opens. Currently the tallest wheel in the world is the High Roller in Las Vegas which stands 168 meters (550ft).
(1/1/17) A group of three new photos were sent in today showing off the current progress on the Dubai Eye. At long last we can see that they have begun the process of installing the first spokes and outer wheel structure.
(11/7/16) A reader tweeted out a photo of the support structure in place for the Dubai Eye giant wheel over the weekend which you can see here. It doesn't look like much in the way of progress has been made to the wheel since our last photo was posted way back in May when they put the massive central "hub" piece in place. After 5 months I would have thought they might have made some progress on assembling the actual wheel by now.
(5/31/16) A reader has sent in a new picture from Dubai showing off the progress of the Dubai Eye giant wheel (210 meters tall) taking place as the large central spoke piece of the wheel has now been lifted into place.
You can compare this to the previous photo we were sent back in June 2015. Looks like construction kind of halted on the wheel for much of the past year until now, but the rest of the island has been moving along quickly.
Meanwhile I'm told that the rest of the building development taking place in the background of the photo is something called Bluewaters Island which appears to be a big touristy-beachfront style development that will fill out the rest of the island behind the wheel.
(7/18/15) A reader submitted photo from Duabi this week shows off the latest progress on the Dubai Eye giant wheel.
(6/30/15) According to the local news, the two huge A-frame support structure pieces for the Dubai Eye giant wheel have been installed on Bluewaters Island. The Dubai Eye is supposed to stand 210 meters (688.9 ft) tall when complete. Currently the tallest Giant Wheel in the world is the High Roller in Las Vegas which stands 167.6 meters / 550 feet tall.
(4/22/14) The design plan for the $1.6 billion Bluewaters Island project set to be built off the coast of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residences is being changed. Under the old plan, it was to be split into three zones, one that would primarly feature residential sites, an second earmarked for only resort hotel development and the third would contain a mix of retail and leisure based sites along with the Dubai Eye, set to become the world’s tallest observation wheel standing 210 meters tall (689 feet).
However, according to this article, the entire Master Plan has been redesigned to make it “more inviting for the guest”. No further details were made available to the public just yet, but this could be an interesting development to keep an eye on.
(2/18/13) Dubai is at it again, this time with a plan to build the Dubai Eye, the world’s biggest Giant Wheel that would stand 688 feet tall. Construction on the Dubai Eye is supposed to start sometime in 2013 if all goes well, so stay tuned. The wheel is part of a larger “Blue Waters” project area and you can see a bunch of pictures of a model they had set up on display here.
2020 - Marsa Al Arab and New Wild Wadi Waterpark - Announced - (5/15/17) The big dreams don't seem to stop in Dubai these days. The latest big project announcement came this week from Dubai Holding for a Dh6.3 billion "Marsa Al Arab" project that would see the addition of two new islands like penisulas added to either side of the Burj Al Arab hotel that would include marinas, a Cirque du Soleil theater, new hotels, retail areas, new business and residential areas, and a brand new double-sized version of the Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Why the new waterpark? Because the plan is to scrap the existing one to make room for the new expansion islands that will also include a new marine life park. They plan to move on this quickly, as they want it finished in time for the 2020 Dubai Expo.
Be sure to get a good look at that model for the new Wild Wadi Waterpark, build with a large fake mountain structure and what looks like a tube slide and roller coaster that will roll in and out of underwater tunnels through the open mouths of giant shark shaped structures sitting in the water.
2020 - The Pearl of Dubai - In Development -
(6/29/15) What may be the final design revision for the unique underwater Pearl of Dubai project has been submitted by Reef Worlds for approval. The attraction would be the first underwater "theme park" concept, which would see a 5 acre sized themed underwater habitat built, themed after the lost sunken city of Atlantis, for scuba and snorkel fans to enjoy and explore if the project is given the final green light to go ahead.
(7/2/14) An underwater themed environment park for Scuba divers to enjoy is being planned for the shadow waters off Dubai’s “World Islands”. It will be called the Pearl of Dubai and feature large set pieces installed at the bottom of the ocean on a 5-acre site, designed to look like a lost sunken ancient city.
(2/24/14) An interesting new attraction could soon be under construction in the waters off Dubai… an underwater themed environment is being designed for the shallow waters at The World islands area under the working title of “The Pearl of Dubai”. They want to build an exciting looking themed world of ruins and structures that can be enjoyed by Snorkel and Divers as well as make a happy home for the local fish / marine life to create a perfect balance for all. The official announcement to launch the project will take place in March.
???? - F1-X Theme Park / Motor City - In Development - (12/19/16) According to ArabianBuisness.com, an old proposed theme park plan for Dubai has been resurrected this week. Union Properties is said to have finalized a new $163 million plan that was previously on hold to build F1-X Dubai, a theme park themed around the world of Formula One car racing. The newly revised plan has scaled back the old theme park plans for the site to now only take up 50% of the land available for the theme park, and use the remaining land as a mixed-use development.
The developer is now awaiting approval from Dubailand for the scaled back version of F1-X, though previously they apparently had their mind set on either building the old full scale version or nothing at all, but Union Properties insists that the old plans have been determined to be unprofitable. The F1-X is part of a larger "Motor City" development project which will also offer a hotel and retail area. It too has been scaled back from the old plan that would have saw up to 7 hotels opened in the same area.