World's tallest ferris wheel 'Ain Dubai' set to open in 2020
The skyscrapers are up, the restaurants are open and the wheel is almost turning.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for and, finally, Bluewaters island is open.
Take a jaunt along to the new Meraas attraction and you’ll soon be able to peruse 132 shops and restaurants, swan around the new Caesars Palace hotel (although not all are opening immediately) and get up close to the 250ft engineering marvel that is Ain Dubai – which is not yet open – before stretching out on the newly located Cove Beach when it all gets a bit too strenuous.
The island’s lifestyle and retail area, The Wharf, is the home to all the shopping and eating action, connected by walkways dotted around low-rise boulevards, with outlets still yet to open.
As well as licensed fine-dining restaurants at the waterfront, there’ll also be a home for the hipsters, with quirky cafés and intimate bistros at every nook and cranny – because nothing goes with a lavender chai latte like an unkempt beard.
For those who want to class it up a bit, there’s always Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, featuring an outdoor swimming pool, six brand-spanking new restaurants, a fitness centre and a health spa. It will also house Gordan Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.
There’s also a second Caesars – Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai – and the two five-star hotels house a total of 495 luxury rooms and 80 serviced apartments flanked by a 500-seat theatre, The Rotunda, at one end, and a state-of-the-art conference centre at the other. Sounds swanky.
When the lucky island residents make their move (the first of which should be in early 2019), they’ll be dropping their boxes in one of ten elegant mid-rise towers featuring 698 apartments, four penthouses and 17 townhouses set over a podium with stunning views of the sea and Ain Dubai.
And getting to a new man-made island isn’t as difficult as it may seem. A 265-metre pedestrian bridge, The Wharf Link, will connect Bluewaters to The Beach at JBR and Bluewaters Wharf Station will serve as a dock for water transport.
You can also reach the island by road, with 2,000 parking bays spanning basement and podium levels.
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