2020 is practically synonymous with Expo 2020 as far as Dubai residents are concerned, but what else will the new year bring us? We looked deep into our crystal ball to predict where we’ll dine, shop, staycation, stargaze, and more in the coming 12 months. Here’s what we saw.
It feels like everything worth raving about lately resides in DIFC, and The Arts Club Dubai is no exception. Opening in September 2020, the concept’s first concept to open outside of London will be spread across four floors and 65,000 square feet. And within its walls? A sprawling roof terrace, private dining rooms, lounges, three restaurants – one of which promises dancing and live music – alongside a nightclub and cigar bar, a library, and dedicated areas for art exhibitions. Applications for membership is now open.
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If you read Savoir Flair, you know just how impossible it is to keep up with Dubai’s (very) dynamic dining scene, but boy, do we try. And like 2019 and the years before it, 2020 will bring with it a wave of new restaurants. But we must confess that, as Sex and the City obsessives, we’re most excited about SushiSamba arriving our our shores, especially as the West Village outpost– which appeared in multiple episodes of the show – is now closed.
Face the Music
After singing along with Mariah Carey, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, and Richard Ashcroft, Dubai are a little spoilt for choice when it comes to big-name musicians performing in Dubai. Luckily for us, 2020 will spoil us even more as Louis Tomlinson of One Direction Fame, heavy metal band Iron Maiden, English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, Latin pop music legends Gipsy Kings, and American rapper Russ are all set to attend. But it’s about to get so much better: Lauryn Hill will be one of the opening acts at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.
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Deira Mall, set to be the biggest mall in the region, won’t be completed until 2021 – much to the dismay of raging shopaholics across the city. However, Meydan One Mall will soon step into the retail landscape, featuring over 550 retails outlets, 180 F&B outlets, a 21-screen cinema, a 12,000 square meter Winter Village (complete with a ski slope), 46,000 square meters worth of entertainment, and more. Love a superlative? Meydan One will also boast the largest dancing fountain in the world.
You’ve already done a couple of double takes because of that futuristic, egg-shaped structure alongside Jumeirah Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, which you probably know is Museum of the Future under construction. Highly ambitious in scope, it is designed to be a “showplace for a new era”, housing exhibitions, immersive theater, and themed attractions from the future of science, technology, and innovation. Visitors will be shown how technology will evolve to enhance our bodies and minds, explore what role it might play in our social and family lives, and discuss how it could be used to manage complex social and economic systems. Welcome to 2035.
Take a Ride
Another Dubai-based superlative comes courtesy of the 210-meter Ain Dubai that, when up and running, will the world’s tallest ferris wheel. Launching on the same day as Expo 2020 – October 20, 2020 – it will offer stunning views of the Arabian Gulf on one side, and the Dubai Marina skyline on the other. In the meantime, here’s some trivia in case you need an icebreaker at a festive bash: 25 percent more steel was used to construct Ain Dubai than iron used for the Eiffel Tower, and the weight of the wheel rim is the equivalent to 16 Airbus A380s.
Design buffs on a budget are in for a treat come 2020 as Nada Debs and Ikea have joined forces. The result is ‘LJUV’, a collection named after the Swedish word for ‘delightful’. Pairing traditional Middle Eastern patterns and symbols with Scandinavian design, it will launch in February and comprise a mix of big and small decorative and functional items like floor cushions, rugs, trays, ceramics, and glassware that will make hosting a breeze.
Change Your Perspective
Nakheel may have successfully opened Nakheel Mall over the long weekend, but it’s not exactly done. Now, the property developer is gearing up to add The View to its portfolio, a public observation deck that will stand at 240 meters above ground, offering uninterrupted views of Palm Jumeirah, the Arabian Gulf, and the ever-evolving Dubai skyline. Occupying the top level of The Palm Tower, The View will be accessible from Nakheel Mall.
Get a Room
You’re already overwhelmed by the staycation options in the city, but there’s more where that came from. With Expo 2020 on the horizon, the new year will see the opening of several hotels, but we’re excited about a few in particular: Legoland Hotel Dubai for its Lego-themed décor , ME Dubai for its design by the legendary Zaha Hadid, and Corinthia Meydan Beach Dubai for its series of cascading pools leading down to the beach.
Meet famous stars – and some infamous figures – as the Dubai edition of Madame Tussauds will reportedly become a reality in 2020. Sure, this is the wax-based doubles of your favorite stars in question, but we promise a selfie with Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian doppelgängers beats queuing up in a crowded mall for the real deal.