Dubai goes all out
DUBAI emerged as a leading family destination at WTM with a delegation of more than 100 partners from the emirate’s tourism industry.Issam AbdulRahim Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Being within the top of The New York Times ‘Top 52 Places to Go’ in 2014 demonstrates Dubai’s global reputation as a leading family destination and other accolades including being rated by TripAdvisor as having the best hotel and shopping in the world support this.”Here’s what to expect from Dubai in the coming few months:WIRE WORLD (Q4)Wire World Meydan Adventure Park, will be the first-ever adventure rope course in the UAE. Located at the heart of Meydan alongside the racecourse, Wire World will feature 70 obstacles set in trees, across rocks and on poles and posts and is designed to be fun for all ages. The park will also incorporate a bike park and a bungee trampoline.DUBAI SAFARI PROJECT (Q1 2015)The park will comprise a safari village, Arabian village, Asian village, African village, children’s zoo, butterfly park and botanical garden, in addition to educational and veterinary facilities. DUBAI FRAME (2015)This structure will be an iconic centrepiece within Dubai’s Zabeel Park. Rising 150 m from the ground and 93 m wide, the hollow shape will resemble a huge picture frame. At the base, visitors will follow a path detailing the history of Dubai using modern technology, before taking an elevator up to the top of the frame at 150 m where they will walk along a glass-floor bridge from which they can enjoy impressive city views.DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT (2015)Also known as d3, Dubai Design District is dedicated to promoting and nurturing emerging local talent, while also providing a creative home to established international design, luxury and fashion brands. Along with design studios, office spaces, ateliers and workshops, d3 will also offer residential, convention and food and beverage spaces, along with boutique hotels along a waterfront promenade.HATTA VILLAGE INN AND MARKET (Q2 2015)Tourism in Dubai’s mountainous village Hatta is set for a boost with the development of a green motel and heritage market on the main road between Hatta and Oman. QURAN PARK (Sept 2015)Located in Al Khawaneej, this park will be designed with the Holy Qu’ran in mind featuring many of the 54 plants that are mentioned in the book, such as olive trees, basil, figs and pomegranates. IMG WORLDS OF ADVENTURE (2015/16)This 1.5 million square foot project will be the world’s largest temperature-controlled indoor themed entertainment destination with a capacity to welcome in excess of 20,000 visitors a day. It will bring Cartoon Network and Marvel in one location, in addition to Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure, an original concept by the developers Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group.