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What’s New in Dubai for 2024?

by Aoife O’Riordan

Jan 18, 2024

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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.

Record-Breaking Developments

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.

New Transportation

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.




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