Summer is here, which means everyone is tanning, sippin', lounging by the poolside. And, also ready to check out all (and I mean ALL) that Dubai has to offer. I know I am. And what's even better? Dubai has no shortage of AH-mazing brand new attractions to check out, with restaurants and clubs opening up all the time! If you're pumped to scope out the social scene this summer, take a look at these hot spots. You'll thank me later.
1. A Capella Restaurant: The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Facing the Atlantis Hotel, A Capella has an indoor and outdoor area, serving an assortment of scrumptious tapas (small dishes) from around the world (something for everyone, hello) and refreshing beverages. Perfect for a night out, the restaraunt has a fun, exuberant vibe with purple/blueish mood lighting (for my clubbing-loving gals), a kitchen square in-the-center of the restaraunt, and groovy jazz music. Let's just say, the experience is nothing short of a dining-and-ambience extravaganza.
2. Bluewaters Island: Dubai Marina
Unless you've been living under a rock, you must have heard of Dubai's hottest new attraction, Bluewaters Island. From shops to Ferris Wheels (yes you heard that right, a Ferris Wheel!) to beaches, Bluewaters has got it all. The island is located off the waters of Dubai Marina, and is now accessible directly from Sheikh Zayed Road. If you need a lil' guidance, here are some of the hottest destinations to check out when perusing the gorge Bluewaters scene: Caesar's Palace, which has six restaurants including Hell's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre, and Cove Beach, a poppin' beach club with cabanas, sunbeds, and live music.
3. Phoenix Social Club: The H Hotel
Inspired by the "supper" clubs of Miami and Los Angeles in the '40s and '30s, The Phoenix Social Club brings together dancing and dining to make an eclectic and vivacious atmosphere. Small mouth-watering and multicultural sharing plates of affordable fine-dining such as strawberry and cucumber salad, chicken liver parfait, and hamachi ceviche make the restaraunt accessible and welcoming. With an assortment of delicious beverages and even yummier food, the Phoenix Social Club is a must try!
4. Futuristic IMAX Cinema IMG Worlds of Adventure: E311 Sheikh Zayed Road
Feel like laying back, eating some popcorn and watching a movie? Want an extra special movie-watching experience? Well I have just the place for you. Novo Cinemas just opened a flagship cinema in IMG Worlds of Adventure. But this is no ordinary cinema, it's a high-tech state-of-the-art cinema complete with brand new laser technology. With an LED-stripped lobby, 360 seat capacity, increased sound and picture resolution, this cinema is the absolute 7-star experience. You can't miss it!
5. Laguna Waterpark: La Mer
More beach activites coming at you! Perfect for the summer, Laguna Waterpark has endless slides, rides, and fun-in-the-sun-or-moon. It's a great family outing, girls night, or party for the special b-day gal. What could be better? Well hold on to your horses, because every Wednesday is.. drumroll please... LADIES night! Which means for only Dhs125 from 7pm to midnight, ladies get to enjoy tunes by a resident DJ while trying out some of the park's best rides including the Lazy River. I know where I'm gonna be next Wednesday night!