Business Traveller (India)

EMIRATI NEWNESS

A meeting point for global and local cultures, Dubai has something new for all interests

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Dubai opened up for leisure tourism in July 2020, and was soon followed by the happenings of local and internatio­nal business events in September and October respective­ly, with a steady and growing stream of ongoing meetings, conference­s, and trade shows since then. A key part of Dubai tourism strategy in 2021 is (wherever possible) to resume face-to-face meetings and interactio­ns with business personnel around the world.

Several safety practices have been put in place to make this possible. The city is using technology to enable heightened safety, and one mechanism that has already been deployed in venues includes artificial intelligen­ce monitoring tools that enable organisers to identify where there isn’t sufficient social distancing or where crowds may be unacceptab­ly large. Moreover, AI in taxis can confirm if passengers are wearing face masks or not.

Tourism wise, Dubai has always had a strong appetite for planners to experience the emirate as a destinatio­n since it offers something for all interests – culture vultures, adventurou­s seekers, wellbeing fans and foodies.

DECODING WHAT’S NEW IN DUBAI:

Dubai is welcoming some brand-new attraction­s; a host of new eateries, epicurean concepts and gourmet experience­s, and has also revamped some of its leisure activities.

BOLLYWOOD PARKS

This newly renovated theme park, Bollywood Parks, located at Dubai Parks and Resorts re-opened in January 2021 with an exciting array of nine new rides and attraction­s. Inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbuste­rs, this theme park now offers thrilling experience­s for all ages, including the world’s tallest swing, which rises 460-feet above Dubai Parks and Resorts and a 180-feet ferris wheel which offers panoramic views from the top.

HERITAGE EXPRESS

Travellers to Dubai can enjoy ‘culture on wheels’ aboard the new Heritage Express trolley, a hand-painted custom-designed streetcar, during an interactiv­e guided tour. Visitors can jump aboard and visit historical attraction­s such as Jumeirah Mosque Garden and the Al Fahidi district, savour local cuisine and also immerse themselves in stories about Dubai's history from an Emirati guide. Additional­ly, one can also partake in a cultural meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for cultural understand­ing and learn more about local customs.

TOP GOLF

Situated in the popular Emirates Golf Club, Top Golf is the latest sports and entertainm­ent destinatio­n, offering an exciting golfing experience for travellers of all kinds. With climate-controlled booths and high-tech balls, guests can compete with family and friends, or practice their swing. Top Golf also hosts three restaurant­s and lounges with sweeping views of Dubai.

TWIGGY BY LA CANTINE

This newly opened beach club and restaurant by the team of popular DIFC hotspot La Cantine Du Faubourg is located at the Park Hyatt

Dubai, just steps away from the Creekside. Twiggy teleports you to the south of France with its culinary experience­s. It serves modern French cuisine, Mediterran­ean-inspired dishes and an extensive sushi selection. The outlet is set on a sandy beach leading to a 100-metre infinity pool of crystal-clear water, delivering uninterrup­ted views across the Dubai Creek.

SONARA DESERT DINING EXPERIENCE

The Sonara Camp is situated in the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservati­on Reserve, overlookin­g the undulating dunes and framed by natural foliage. Diners can look forward to a magical desert dining experience sampling Arabic inspired dishes, East meets West fusion items and classic French cuisine underneath the stars.

BLA BLA DUBAI

Bla Bla Dubai is a day-to-night dining destinatio­n and an expansive beach club with loungers and cabanas, a signature Japanese restaurant, a gourmet Italian restaurant and an American-style smokehouse as well as six themed lounges. The club is located on JBR beach, directly opposite Bluewaters Island. visitdubai.com

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Dubai cityscape; Bollywood Parks; Top Golf; and Sonara Camp

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