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With­new projects an­nounced seem­ingly ev­ery month in Dubai, you’d be for­given for for­get­ting back in 2013 when Mer­aas, the cre­ators of des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing La Mer and Al Seef, an­nounced Bluewaters. Lo­cated 300 me­tres off the Jumeirah Beach Res­i­dences coast­line, the is­land promised fam­ily liv­ing, huge new at­trac­tions, ho­tels and a host of restau­rants and shops.

Fast for­ward to 2018, and the is­land is al­most ready to start wel­com­ing guests. So just what will they find when they reach the Dhs8 bil­lion des­ti­na­tion?

Bluewaters Is­land is split into three key ar­eas key ar­eas: res­i­den­tial, re­tail and en­ter­tain­ment, and ho­tels and a beach club. The world’s largest ob­ser­va­tion wheel, Ain Dubai, stands proudly at 210 me­tres tall, and is at the heart of the leisure and en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion on the is­land. The wheel will be fit­ted with 48 spa­cious glass cap­sules, which will of­fer panoramic views across Dubai to some 1400 pas­sen­gers at a time. A num­ber of the cap­sules will also be pri­vate ‘fine din­ing’ rooms that seat up to 12 guests, while six of the cap­sules will have a li­censed bar so that you can have a tip­ple with your 360 de­gree views.

Some 150 restau­rants, bars, shops and cafes will make up the rest of the leisure area, and al­though a full list of all the venues to ex­pect has not been re­vealed, a num­ber of restau­rants and bars are now ad­ver­tis­ing that they’re set to make their Bluewaters de­but soon.

Among those is The Lon­don Project. De­spite its name­sake, the split-level restau­rant and bar does isn’t ac­tu­ally from the Bri­tish cap­i­tal – it’s a home-grown con­cept, in­spired by Lon­don – and fea­tures a down­stairs restau­rant serv­ing shar­ing Mediter­ranean dishes and up­stairs gin gar­den, mod­elled on a wild, over­grown English coun­try gar­den.

Mum­bai favourite Bas­anti & Co is set to make its Dubai de­but on the is­land too. The In­dian restau­rant will oc­cupy a splitlevel space and boasts a menu of modern In­dian dishes served up in an in­te­rior space mod­elled on sum­mer colours, as well as a cov­ered al fresco ter­race.

Af­ford­able burger bar Ketch-Up will bring an all-Amer­i­can menu to the is­land later this month. The un­li­censed con­cept, hail­ing from Moscow, fea­tures an in­dus­trial, er­gonomic de­sign dot­ted with plants and fo­liage. While the big fo­cus is burg­ers, the restau­rant will also have a ded­i­cated healthy sec­tion for those look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle lighter.

Trendy café L’ETO, which cur­rently has branches in City Walk and The Dubai Mall Fash­ion Av­enue, has also an­nounced it plans to open on Bluewaters.

But there’s a leisure pull on the is­land too. First an­nounced in 2008, Madame Tus­sauds was re­vealed to be mak­ing its way to Bluewaters in 2016. And while they’ve been very quiet about it so far, it’s ex­pected the iconic wax­work mu­seum will open early next year – so get your selfie game at the ready. The mu­seum will be found in the re­tail des­ti­na­tion, called The Wharf, where you’ll also find an im­pres­sive 130 out­lets. The Wharf will fea­ture a sea­side walk­way, which ex­tends to the pedes­trian bridge that links Bluewaters to The Beach op­po­site JBR.

Ar­guably, the big pull for many res­i­dents and tourists will be the huge ho­tel and beach club com­plex, op­er­ated by Las Ve­gas heavy­weights Cae­sar’s En­ter­tain­ment. The first of the two ho­tels, Cae­sars Palace Bluewaters Dubai will open its doors first in mid-Novem­ber. Only the sec­ond Cae­sars Palace in the world, it will be home to 194 guest rooms, an in­door and two out­door swim­ming pools, a huge spa and health cen­tre, as well as six restau­rants.

The sec­ond re­sort, Cae­sars Re­sort Bluewaters Dubai, is the larger prop­erty, with an open­ing planned for early De­cem­ber. Aimed at a more fam­ily-ori­en­tated mar­ket, there’ll be 301 rooms, a ded­i­cated kids club, two out­door pools, three restau­rants and three bars, three meet­ing rooms and an 850-squareme­tre ball­room. Both ho­tels will share a 450-me­tre stretch of pri­vate beach, joined in the mid­dle by Cove Beach Club. Pre­vi­ously call­ing Jumeirah Beach Ho­tel home, the new, el­e­vated Cove Beach ex­pe­ri­ence will have three swim­ming pools, two restau­rants and an ex­pan­sive shisha ter­race. The beach club prom­ises a mix of chilled beach­side loung­ing and lively day to night par­ties. We’re happy to re­port their famed Wed­nes­day ladies’ day will also be re­turn­ing.

If you like the sound of all this, and fancy call­ing Bluewaters home, then would-be res­i­dents can choose from ten res­i­den­tial build­ings set on the water­front, with 698 apart­ments, and 17 town­houses. For those with a few more dirhams tucked away, there are four ul­tra­lux­ury pent­houses avail­able, with pri­vate swim­ming pools and, of course, in­cred­i­ble views from ev­ery room.

Bluewaters can be reached from Sheikh Zayed road by car, or a 265 me­tre-long pedes­trian bridge. More ex­cit­ingly, the Group Rapid Tran­sit (GRT) – a metro-like sys­tem – will also see driver­less pods trans­port guests from Nakheel Habour Metro Sta­tion to Bluewaters Is­land.

The Lon­don Project


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