Top 8 Highlights of UAE Tourism in 2017
The emirates of the UAE vie with each other to see who constructs the biggest, largest and fastest entertainment attractions to draw tourists to their shores. Dubai and Abu Dhabi developed mega projects that opened in 2017, boosting the tourism for the year. Let’s take a look at these projects and the stories behind them.
- Dubai Safari Park
The Dubai Safari Park will house over 1,000 animals from around the world. This includes about 350 species of animals that are either rare or endangered. The Safari Park contains seven sections, called villages and named after the country from where the animals were sourced. For example, there’s an African Village, an Asian Village and so on. Each ‘village’ has been designed to reflect the natural habitat to which the resident animals are accustomed. The African village will have a wadi and a waterfall and other features. The Asian Village will have a bamboo forest. The Dubai Safari Park, in addition to wildlife species, also has a beautiful butterfly park, a botanical garden, veterinary facilities and a resort where people can stay and appreciate the park even more.
- The Museum of the Future
The Museum of the Future is an oblique structure that’s totally unique; you’ll not see anything like it anywhere else. The Museum is going to be a unique incubator for futuristic innovations and designs. It will offer a research platform to test and demonstrate the latest devices and their prototypes from ambitious start-up companies and global technology giants. The museum will also host design studios and innovation labs along with universities, research partners and enterprises to create more innovations. The building has been built partly by using 3D printing technologies and its structure will change over time to reflect the advancements made in various fields. Within the museum, you can enjoy a number of immersive experiences of futuristic projects and innovations, including advanced 3D printing. The museum also showcases how far we’ve come already and where we’re headed, technologically speaking, in the next 50 years. The Museum of the Future is one of the top, totally unique attractions in the UAE.
- Abu Dhabi Louvre
The much anticipated Abu Dhabi Louvre is finally open. Visit Abu Dhabi to witness the significant artworks showcased in the Louvre, ranging from fine decorative arts, to archaeological finds, to artworks and sculptures spanning various parts of the world and historical periods. The Louvre Abu Dhabi will also exhibit artworks taken on loan from the Louvre Paris and from several other European museums for 30 years 6, as goes the agreement between Abu Dhabi and the French government. The Louvre is located in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district, Saadiyat Island and occupies 260,000 square feet. 65,000 square feet will be dedicated to permanent works of art, while 22,000 square feet will be occupied by temporary exhibitions. This means visitors to the Louvre will always have something new and wonderful to look forward to each time. If you’re wondering why visit Abu Dhabi, what’s new there right now, you’ve got your answer – the Louvre, Abu Dhabi.
- Etihad Museum
The Etihad Museum was officially opened on the 7th January 2017 and has since then welcomed thousands of visitors. The museum chronicles the birth of the UAE, the legends of the founding fathers, via photographs and personal items. Visit the museum to embark on a journey from a long lost era that was before the UAE as we know it was founded to the stage where the agreement was signed with the United Nations to declare the UAE in 1971. The lovely thing about the Etihad Museum is that the building itself has been designed to look like a manuscript, with seven columns that represent the pens used to sign the Union agreement.
- La Perle by Dragone
La Perle by Dragone is located at Al Habtoor City and is Dubai’s first live stage action show. La Perle puts on 450 performances a year, to an audience of 1,300 seated in the state-of-the-art theatre. The stage, incidentally, is a transparent acrylic pool filled with 2.5 million litres of water. This live-action show is all about dramatic high acrobatics, fabulous costumes and dance routines in the air and water all choreographed brilliantly. The show promises to not just push but shove the boundaries of performance art to another dimension.
- IMG World of Adventures
IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest park of its kind, taking up 1.5 million square feet of space. It’s the largest indoor park in the world, fully temperature-controlled and offering a number of immersive and fun Marvel Comics character-based rides. Think Iron Man, Spiderman, The Avengers, Thor and more – all your kids’ favorites! Let your inner child fly free for once and enjoy IMG Worlds of Adventures and everything it offers.
Six Flags Theme Park Dubai
Six Flags Theme Park Dubai will be the first Six Flags project outside of North America. The theme park is open now and visitors are pouring it. The park is located within Jebel Ali’s multi-themed park project. Six Flags is the owner and operator of the largest theme parks in the world. The Six Flags Company will continue to support and maintain the Dubai Six Flags theme park, providing great diverse entertainment to families and kids.
- Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi
Umm Al Emarat Park is one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest park newly renovated and rejuvenated. It features several facilities for education and entertainment, such as a Shade House, Amphitheatre, and a great lawn, Botanic Garden, Children’s Garden, Evening Garden and Animal Barn. The Animal Barn is being run in partnership with Emirates Park Zoo. There’ll be 12 domestic animals including a pony, a baby goat, cow and a camel. The large outdoor Amphitheatre is a community arena for performing arts, with a seating capacity of more than 1000 people. The Shade House houses various species of plants in a moisture-controlled environment. The upper decks of the Shade House offer a wonderful view of the park and the surrounding landscape.
2017 has been an exciting year in the UAE – of new innovations, new ways of looking at things and a healthy and hearty dose of respect for the past and welcome for the future. Let’s see what 2018 has to offer!