Top 5 Travel Thursday – Dazzling Dubai

February 22, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

It’s an ever changing face, is Dubai – and that is why we love it. The sense of growth and energy of expansion lends to this bustling city and we continue to be surprised and amazed with the stunning new attractions and world-class developments opening almost every week.

2017 saw a host of exciting new additions to the city’s must-visit list, and looking ahead there’s plenty more to come in 2018.

Check out our Top 5 must visit/or diarise to visit, sites and attractions in the dazzling city of Dubai

Renaissance Downtown Hotel

Just opened in December 2017 – this seriously magical hotel boasts an incredible 298 guestrooms including 65 sprawling suites, along with a thoughtful design that incorporates elements from local artists, there’s plenty for the stylish traveller to explore at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel.

Restaurants include David Myers’ Bleu Blanc, which resembles a Southern French farmhouse, BASTA!, an urban interpretation of a Roman trattoria, and BHAR, a Middle Eastern-style brasserie whose name means ‘spice’.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto also opened the first UAE branch of his eponymous restaurant, mixing traditional Japanese techniques with Western twists. In addition, the hotel boasts a first-of-its-kind, all-suite spa concept from the renowned Six Senses brand.

XLine Dubai Marina

Right now this is the longest urban zip line in the entire world, extending a full kilometre from a height of 170 metres to ground level, the XLine Dubai Marina is now open to the public!

The line features an incline of 16 degrees and reaches an average top speed of 80 kilometres per hour. Building on the original XLine over The Dubai Fountain launched in 2015, this new edition is twice the length of its forerunner and features two zip lines running adjacent to one another.

Also new is the Superman-style harness, suspending daredevils horizontally as they zip from one of the Amwaj towers in JBR down to the terrace of Dubai Marina Mall.

Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame is an impressive and quite an imposing architectural landmark that unites the city’s past, present and future. Its two vertical towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge that features a 25-square-metre glass panel in the centre, offering a great 360-degree view of the city.

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The bridge serves as an observation deck providing uninterrupted views of Old Dubai to the north and New Dubai to the south. Visitors begin their journey by learning about the history of Dubai in the Past Gallery, with picturesque projections depicting Bedouin life, camels and the infinite sands of the desert.

Visitors then move on to augmented reality-activated screens on the Sky Deck level that showcase present-day Dubai, before walking through a specially designed ‘vortex tunnel’ to a virtual metropolis representing the future of Dubai.

The Opus by Zaha Hadid

Opened in January this year and designed by the late renowned Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, The Opus consists of two glass towers linked by a ground-floor podium and a steel and glass bridge towards the top.

The architectural wonder, developed by Omniyat Properties, artfully integrates futuristic stylish interiors with exquisite detail, and features 56,000 square feet of office space, a club, restaurants and ME Dubai, a boutique hotel.

W Hotel, The Palm

Set to open in June 2018 – the much anticipated second W Hotel will open in Dubai in March, located on the beautiful shores of the western crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Built to resemble the letter W, the world-class hotel resort and residential complex will feature a spa, pool areas, water features and other amenities, as well as approximately 100,000 square metres of accommodation including 350 guest rooms and 45 super luxury duplex, triplex apartments and penthouses.

Restaurants, retail outlets and function facilities will mostly be located on the ground floor of the hotel wing, with a destination bar and restaurant at a high level to take full advantage of the dual aspect views.


Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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