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For many Australians, and even some agents, Dubai is considered a one-time destination that once you’ve been, there is need to return: a trip to the desert and an afternoon at the mall and you’ve “done Dubai”. But Dubai is more than just sand dunes and retail therapy, with products and attractions that cater to visitors of all ages and continually changing, guaranteeing visitors a new holiday experience every time they come to Dubai.
Over the past few years Dubai has grown exponentially, and as we gear up towards Expo 2020, we are seeing new attractions, hotels, restaurants and bars open each month, with changes in infrastructure and developments within the city to accommodate the increase in visitors to the destination, as once again Dubai is officially named the world’s busiest airport, growing by over 7% in passenger traffic in 2016.
In Q4 of last year, we saw the Dubai Canal project open alongside a number of family attractions and theme parks. Three years in the making, the Dubai Canal will add another dimension to the city, with boutique cafes, restaurants, retail outlets and parks planned alongside it, as well as a number of new hotels and commercial properties.
This year we will see the opening of Dubai Frame, Dubai Safari, Dragone Theatre and Legoland Waterpark as well as a range of new hotels and resorts, including the Viceroy and Langham, and mid-range Rove Deira and Rove located at Dubai Parks and Resorts. We now have a new museum, The Etihad Museum, which opened last month,the Museum of the Future, four new theme parks and an opera house offering new experiences to travellers.
The city’s growth means a two-day stopover only just scratches the surface, and for visitors to the city, you will find a new Dubai every time you visit, whatever the season.