Time out has the ultimate 2017 Dubai bucket list for you, with all the new things to do this year in the city
Try out Dubai's driverless cars If we hadn’t have seen it with our own eyes we’d have thought the driverless taxis story was another one of our sci-fi dreams. Trial schemes operated in Downtown Dubai this year, the first part of a pledge to make 25 percent of all taxi journeys driverless by 2030.
Walk down Dubai Water Canal We’ve always loved a walk by the Creek, and the completion of the Dubai Water Canal gives us more waterfront promenade to enjoy. Waterfalls and great city views await those heading out on foot to explore.
Visit the Green Planet This rainforest and education centre is home to some 3,000 living species including an aquarium full of stingrays, arapaima, turtles and more, plus chirping birds flying overhead, While you can’t touch them, it still makes for an interactive experience.
Marvel at Dubai Parks And Resorts More theme parks will open in the coming years, but the arrival of motiongate, Bollywood Parks and Legoland was a major boost for the city’s tourism industry. If you haven’t been yet, get ready for a roller coaster of fun.
Jump around at Flip out Dubai A giant trampoline park is always going to get us jumping with glee. We’re also rather partial to The Hunger Games-style indoor combat game, Archery Tag.
Get plugged in at Hub Zero This state-of-the-art, 18,000 square metre theme park is a delight for gamers. It’s the most advanced arcade you’ll find in the city. Of course, when you’re not firing lasers, immersing yourself in virtual experiences or getting teary-eyed over retro games, there are pool tables and karaoke pods to enjoy.
Get an adrenaline rush at IMG Worlds of Adventure The world’s largest indoor theme park flung open its doors this year. We love the 1.5 million square foot air-conditioned space for its high-octane roller coasters such as Velociraptor in The Lost Valley: Dinosaur Adventure Zone. With its gravity-defying inversions, corkscrews and turns, it hurtles thrill seekers out through a retractable shutter and into the big wide world at speeds of 100kph in just 2.5 seconds. There’s also the family-friendly Cartoon Network zone, as well as the Marvel zone. Let your nerves settle at one of the 28 food and beverage outlets, and then scare yourself silly in the Haunted Hotel. It’s an incredible addition to the emirate’s entertainment scene.
Take a leap of faith at Via Ferrata This might be just outside of Dubai, but the Ras Al Khaimah attraction is so exciting we had to include it. “What is it?” you may well ask. Oh, well, just a 470-metre-long zip line down the side of the UAE’s largest mountain. That’s all. Standard weekend thrills.
Put your vocal chords to the test at Blind Dragon The Asian-style karaoke bar is always going to score highly amid Dubai’s performers. The LA branch of the same lounge attracts the likes of Miley Cyrus, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna. And if it’s good enough for them…
Be dazzled by Dubai Opera The venue’s chief executive Jasper Hope estimates that there will be between 200 and 250 performances a year, and we’re crossing our fingers that we can be at every one of them. As well as opera there will continue to be hit musicals, ballet, classical theatre, music and much more besides. We can’t wait for 2017’s eclectic line-up to kick off Cats on January 16.