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The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, “the world’s only seven-star hotel”, has truly put the spotlight on Dubai, especially in the tourism scene. (Shutterstock/File)
A list of fun activities awaits visitors at Dubai. Famous for a plethora of attractions and world-class developments, the emirate has come up with a number of new openings at the start of the year from eateries and theme parks to luxury shopping destinations. There are, however, still plenty more to come. Below are a few to watch out for. Some were already open in May, and a few others are to open soon.
The latest venture of award-winning Bystro Group, El Mostacho is led by Mexican-born chef Isaac Mendoza. The restaurant offers genuine, home-style Mexican fare including classic favorites like burritos and nachos (JP/File)
The latest venture of award-winning Bystro Group, El Mostacho is led by Mexican-born chef Isaac Mendoza. The restaurant offers genuine, home-style Mexican fare including classic favorites like burritos and nachos, but also shines a light on some of Mexico’s less mainstream dishes. Among highlighted ingredients are organic chilies flown in all the way from Mexico and premium cheese. To complement dining experiences here, Mexican crafts handmade in Guadalajara and Oaxaca are available for purchase.
Laguna Water Park
The latest addition to Dubai’s water-based playgrounds is La Mer’s Laguna Water Park, suitable even for seasoned thrill-seekers. Highlighted features of the waterslide complex range from a children’s zone and a lazy river to a flow-rider surf simulator. La Mer Laguna also boasts a pool lounge on its beautiful beaches. A day pass ticket system is applied throughout this attraction, allowing you to leave the waterpark and return later that day without having to purchase another ticket.
For those who are into physical challenges, try the TEPFactor Adventure. (JP/File)
For those who are into physical challenges and adrenaline rushes, Dubai has the United Arab Emirates’ newest challenge called TEPFactor Adventure. It is a game to be played by teams of participants, to finish a number of challenges split into four categories. The challenges will test physical, mental and team-working capabilities through mind games, balancing acts and tests of courage and patience. If the team is able to complete every category, it is entitled to carry on to the fifth and final challenge category.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Beach
Set to open at the end of this year, the new Mandarin property is said to feature 200 rooms and suites, as well as 12 over-the-water villas with private bridge access. Each villa will be equipped with private infinity pools and direct access to the calm sea. Meanwhile, waterfront views can be enjoyed from the resort’s luscious beach featuring shaded cabanas.
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Electrical Botanical Garden, Jameel Arts Center
Later this year, the emirate will have the Electrical Botanical Garden to add to its list of attractions. The garden is an installation of artificially created flora, lit up and animated. This installation was born out of a commissions competition from Art Jameel, created by Kuwaiti artists Alia Farid and Aseel AlYaqoub. Electrical Botanical Garden, which has the look of a sculpture garden, is to be located alongside Dubai Creek. (mut)