Here's What's Happening in Dubai in 2015

Burj Khalifa
 Burj Khalifa // Photo by Dubai Tourism 

Dubai continues to grow and attract more visitors. Dubai Tourism has released a new list of exciting things coming to Dubai in 2015. Here's a look at some of the most intriguing things happening in Dubai next year. 

Hotel Updates

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced the opening of the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, in 2015. This new hotel with have a business center, spa, a rooftop swimming pool and more.

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai will add 146 rooms after the renovation of its Ghoroob wing. The wing will include one emirate suite, which will include a large private terrace. Two presidential suites will also be added and will have in-suite spas.

Al Habtoor Group will continue to work on two hotel projects set to open in 2016 and 2017. The Metropolitan Sheikh Zayed Road will be a boutique-style hotel with 334 rooms and suites. The second hotel, St. Regis Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, will have more than 160 bungalows as well as hotel accommodations. It will have a polo club, riding school and 500 stables.

Transportation Updates

Air Canada plans to launch a direct flight from Toronto to Dubai in November 2015. This flight option will be flown three times a week.

Etihad, the UAE’s official airline, will offer flights from San Francisco and Dallas. Etihad will then have six destinations in the U.S., including New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles.

Dubai International Airport will most likely serve 71 million passengers by the year’s end, according to the latest traffic report issued by Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic rose almost 6 percent in the month of October. Year to date traffic is up more than 6 percent compared to traffic in 2013.

New Restaurants

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the Ottoman-inspired resort located on Palm Jumeirah, opened The Rib Room this past November. This is Dubai’s second Rib Room location. The other location is at Jumeirah Emirates Tower.

The Turkish grill Nusret will open at The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. The restaurant comes from Turkey, and this is the first international location.

Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates // Photo by Dubai Tourism

New Attractions

The expansion of the Mall of the Emirates will be completed in 2015. The expansion includes additional retailers, dining options and a VOX cinema.

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will now host sunrise viewing tours. Visitors can see the sunrise on one of the tower’s three viewing decks. Tours will be offered every 30 minutes in the early morning.  

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