The best services and venues that launched in 2010
Nyree Barrett, Becky Lucas, Vineetha Menon and Holly Sands
1 At The Top: The history of Dubai and the Burj Khalifa is laid out for you as you travel to the At the Top viewing deck on level 124, which opened in January. Once there, take in the sweeping views. (800 28 843 867).
2 Skydive Dubai: Who wants to jump out of an aircraft from 13,000ft? Clearly, everyone – if you consider how busy Skydive Dubai has been since it launched in February. Even if you’re not keen, do it for the Palm Jumeirah views. (050 153 3222).
3 Armani Hotel: Marketed as the most ‘exclusive destination in the city’, old silver fox Giorgio has really outdone himself with this, the only hotel in the Burj Khalifa, with an elegant and understated design. Open since April. (04 888 3888).
4 Mirdif City Centre: Playnation, open since April in Mirdif City Centre, offers the most fun you can have in a mall: bowling, soccer and indoor skydiving that’ll make your face feel like it’s made of rubber – always an aspiration. (800 534 7873).
5 Amwaj Rotana: Planted in the middle of our favourite sunshine strip – The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence – Amwaj opened for business in June with some fine restaurants, including steak, seafood and sushi eatery Benihana. (04 428 2000).
6 Dubai Water Taxi: Operating since July and covering 18 locations on Dubai Creek, from the old souk in Deira right down to Atlantis on The Palm, you can book a water taxi for both quick stops and tourist trips. (800 9090).
7 Dubai Sports Complex: Open since October, not only does the complex’s stadium have an Olympic 50-metre swimming pool, but it also boasts another pool with a moveable floor. We’re not sure why we’d need it, but we like the idea. Dubai Municipality (800 900).
8 Iceland Waterpark: This 125-acre park opened with a splash in October in Ras Al Khaimah. There are rain-dance pools, more penguins than you can shake your board shorts at, and the world’s largest man-made waterfall. And why not? (07 244 7547).
9 Pullman Hotel: Just when things started to get ‘blah’ in Barsha, this gorgeous new spot popped up in November. Inside, you’ll find a sleek rooftop spa, a couple of bars and cute treat shop Soda Box, which is styled like a ’50s diner. (04 377 2000).
10 Ferrari World: The theme park in Abu Dhabi has been enjoying global fame since its launch in November, thanks to the white-knuckle Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, which reaches speeds of 275kph. (02 496 8001).