10 new openings in the UAE this summer

September is traditionally the start of a new season in the UAE, so many new openings do not mean that there is nothing to look forward to in the summer.

Hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities across the Emirates have opened in recent days or will open before the end of the season.

Here are some of the most exciting places.


Fujairah Palace Beach Resort

Address Hotels + Resorts opened its second hotel in Fujairah on July 1. Fujairah is called the Beach Palace, and it is a new 167-room resort located on Fujairah Corniche Road. Or the sea, the 67-square-meter Executive Rooms and the 109-square-meter Royal Navy Suite offer sea views and traditional Arabian aesthetics.

There are three eateries – the Bad Lounge, the Lake Lounge which serves snacks and drinks and the Iwan which serves Arabic and international cuisine throughout the day. Additional facilities include a spa, fitness center, hot tub and kids club.

To coincide with the opening, the property is offering a summer escape deal that includes a 30 percent discount on a luxury room or suite. For stays until 7 October, the package must be booked before 30 September.


Mövenpick Resort Marjan Island

Another new hotel opened on July 1, the Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah.

This five-star hotel is the flagship of Mövenpick in the emirate and is located on the artificial Marjan Island, known for its resorts and pristine beaches.

The newest resort on the peninsula is also home to the largest floating water park in Ras Al Khaimah, with playgrounds, monkey bars, slides and an overwater trampoline.

Situated on 300 meters of golden beach, Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island features 418 sea-view rooms and elegant beachfront chalet-style rooms.


The first group is Business Bay

Local hospitality brand The First Collection opened its second hotel in Dubai at the four-star First Collection Business Bay on Friday.

This came after the launch of the first collection at Jumeirah Village Circle, which included Travel AdvisorThe list of Top 25 new hotels in the world for 2021 is the only hotel in the region to receive this award.

Within walking distance of the Dubai Water Canal, the new hotel features 437 rooms and suites, and offers several views of the Burj Khalifa, which can also be seen from the pool and sundeck of the 25-meter-long property. Additional leisure facilities include a gym and spa.

Dining options include The Blacksmith Bar & Eatery, a local Deep South-inspired smokehouse with its own butchery; Risen, a multi-branch craft café and bakery across Dubai specializing in rich coffee blends and unusual tea choices; and a family-friendly all-day dining Vines, serving Levantine dishes.


Bars, restaurants and restaurants

ice cream parlor

With temperatures approaching outside 50 degrees Celsius, the new ice cream parlor at the London project on Dubai’s Bluewaters Island remains cool. The Gulf’s first licensed venue opened its doors on Friday, inside a simulated ice castle, to coincide with the start of the cold summer season in London.

Visitors to the Ice Bar walk until the end of the summer and can stay cool with wonderful tunes, drinks in glass cups, hot plates and ice cream decor. Faux fur coats are available for cold guests.

The London Project’s new raw menu goes well with the limited edition Ice Space, which serves cold dishes including Hokkaido scallops, oysters and Scottish salmon.

Entry fee is 99 dirhams, including a free drink.



A new luxury restaurant opened on Bluewaters Island on Thursday with a menu that combines Middle Eastern and Armenian cuisine.

The name VAGA is derived from the word bum, which describes someone who wanders and explores, and “VAGA embodies this eclectic approach by bringing together the traditional and the contemporary of two different cultures, while taking each guest on an exciting journey of discovery. ” the restaurant declares.

The menu, prepared by Chef Sufian Al-Qabata, overlooks Ain Dubai and the Dubai Marina skyline, and includes dishes such as beef ravioli with mint, yoghurt and tomato sauce. Lahmajoun, a classic Armenian dish of sliced ​​lamb, tomatoes, onions, parsley and peppers on a crunchy base; and khorovats, a plate of roasted meat typical of Armenia.



RSVP, the brainchild of Lyonnais chef Adele Ouava, will bring modern French cuisine to Dubai’s Boxpark this month. Awawa is known for its passion for Mediterranean materials and Japanese techniques coupled with French flair.

At a recent four-arm banquet in Dubai, the chef served a sea bass carpaccio with stracciatella oil and raspberries. It will be on the RSVP menu, though dishes and other details have yet to be released.



Cleavers is the new steakhouse that replaced The Orangery at Phileas Fox at The Montgomery Golf Academy, Dubai. His menu offers a modern twist on British cuisine with a strong emphasis on meat. Expect steaks, burgers, seafood and a kids menu.

The interiors are somewhat similar to The Orangery, and the terrace, children’s area, The Arena, and Phileas Foggs’ main dining area, a family-style restaurant, are all still there.

The official opening ceremony was held on June 28th.



Abu Dhabi Summer Games

Last week, Abu Dhabi opened the largest indoor summer sports program in the Middle East. It is called Abu Dhabi Summer Sports, and it takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and is open daily until the end of August.

Participants can indulge in tennis, basketball and soccer, or try the one-kilometer-long hiking trail that is free for all.

The arena covers an area of ​​27,000 square meters and includes 25 indoor courts and playgrounds, all with air conditioning.

It also has three seven-man soccer fields, two five-a-side soccer fields, eight tennis courts, three basketball courts, three badminton courts and three volleyball courts. There is a cricket court and a CrossFit court, reservations required.

Visitors can also catch a giant inflatable park called the Inflatafest. Jumping structures filled with slides, climbing walls, obstacle courses and more are open to adults and children.

With many free activities on offer, participants interested in trying their hand at any of the indoor sports can book on the event’s website or on the Abu Dhabi summer sports social media accounts.


Snowy Abu Dhabi

The long-awaited ice park in Abu Dhabi’s new Reem Mall will open its doors before the end of the summer, according to her Instagram account.

“#SnowEmirates will be the perfect summer destination,” she said in a comment on Instagram three weeks ago, although a specific opening date has not yet been announced.

When it opens, it will be the largest indoor snow park in the world.

Currently, only a few stores are open in Al Reem Mall, and there are still many stores, including countless restaurants, fitness facilities, and a movie theater.


cinema city

Another entertainment destination we are looking forward to in Abu Dhabi is the Canal Cinema. On Sunday, the channel announced an “unparalleled movie experience” that will dawn soon in the summer. No specific details about the launch date were released.

Located in the northern part of the canal, it will have a variety of movie experiences, including 3DMAX, VIP cinema and children’s cinema.

It can accommodate up to 9,000 guests across 15 screens and promises to bring a mix of local movies, Hollywood and Bollywood.


Updated: July 4, 2022, 10:12

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