A year of new adventures, record-breaking milestones and even a first Emirati boutique hotel are on the horizon for Dubai in 2024. See what’s in store for this expanding city this year:
The First Emirati Boutique Hotel in the UAE Opens
The Arabian Boutique Hotel, in the heart of Old Dubai, officially opened this year. Located within the former residence of influential leaders, guests can immerse themselves in culture and history in the property’s intimate 20 rooms, spanning two houses. The hotel overlooks the Arabian Gulf and, further establishing itself as a sustainably committed property, collaborates with Infinite Green Points.
Dubai’s First Eco-Adventure
Sand Sherpa, the only operation in the history of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to be permitted access to the wilderness area for its camps, is also now open. Additionally, between March 3 and 17, a new educational initiative developed in cooperation with Michael Asher showcases nomadic practices and current ecological conservation and self-sustaining skills.
Set to be the world’s tallest stand-alone hotel at more than 1,100 feet and 82 stories, The Ciel Tower will be completed this year. In addition to its sheer height, the tower will include more than 1,000 guestrooms, an 81st-floor rooftop terrace, infinity pool and bar. Also coming to Dubai is Dubai Wasl Tower, another massive structure set to make an iconic mark on the city’s skyline. This tower will feature the region’s largest ceramic façade. The world’s largest solar energy park, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, completes its fourth phase of development this year. The development will cut 1.6 million tons of carbon emissions yearly and provide clean energy for about 320,000 houses.
Dubai continues to strengthen its sustainable initiatives with the development of a third line to its metro network. The Blue Line, slated to open in 2029, will connect Dubai International Airport to some of the city’s most populous areas and will include nine elevated stations and five underground stations.
Dubai Becomes More Accessible
Dubai College of Tourism executed an Inclusive Service training program to teach those employed in tourist-facing roles to provide the best customer service to all abilities. Dubai’s major attractions like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Jumeirah Beach have all made efforts to become more accessible. These sites added ramps, elevators and designated spaces for people with disabilities.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
Known as one of the best airports in the world and voted Best Airport in the Middle East by Global Traveler readers, Hamad International Airport aims to set new standards for the airport industry that exceed the expectations of travelers through its facility.
Not a word was spoken as I settled into a cozy spot on the outdoor terrace just outside the main lodge at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. The air was so still the ice in my single malt seemed to echo off the forest in the distance as it clanked against the glass. I sat among a handful of fellow adventurers, each sitting silently beneath the night sky for one collective goal. Moments earlier, we learned a troop of mountain gorillas had made their way down the mountain near our lodge, and we left our meals to instead sit in eager anticipation of hearing the guttural grunts of the primates below. The chills on my arms never left me that night, even as I made my way up a stone pathway to my personal banda (guestroom). Thankfully, sleep came quickly for me that night as I drifted into dreams of what my next day would bring.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
In time for peak travel season to Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, the region will welcome its own airport as early as this July. Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport is not only undergoing renovations but it also plans to open as a commercial airport.