We’re only a few days in, and 2024 is already shaping up to be one exciting year. I can hardly contain all my excitement. Brace yourself for an incredible year filled with sensational concerts, luxurious hotels, delectable dining experiences, and a plethora of activities. Who needs expensive trips to Europe or island getaways when Dubai is bringing everything you need and more straight to your doorstep. (JK who doesn’t love a good vacation, and we here at Gulf Buzz are just the people to help you find the most perfect travel destinations, anytime and any place). So, let’s dive into this Dubai 2024 list together.
1. Market Island Extravaganza at Dubai Festival City Mall
Step into culinary paradise at Market Island, the Middle East’s largest food hall, located at Dubai Festival City Mall. With 53 unique culinary concepts from around the world, live entertainment, and dedicated spaces for dining and lounging, this 70,000-square-foot food haven is set to be the talk of the town.
2. J1 Beach – A Chic Day-to-Night Escape at La Mer
Say hello to J1 Beach, the new beachfront destination at La Mer, housing three beach clubs and nine restaurants. From the award-winning Gaia to the chic Bâoli and the St Tropez hotspot Gigi Rigolatto, this place is a melting pot of international flavors and trendy vibes.
3. New Hotels Opening in 2024
Dubai never sleeps, and neither does its expansion. Get ready for a slew of new hotels, each offering a unique experience. From Mama Shelter Dubai to Ciel Tower, Mandarin Oriental, Wasl Tower, and more, there’s a destination for every taste, whether you’re seeking a beachside escape or some Luxurious city centre bliss.
4. Sanskara – Wellness Retreat in Jumeirah
Discover Sanskara, a wellness space, day retreat, and chic eatery in Jumeirah. With a mindful approach to wellness, Sanskara offers clean, locally-sourced dining options, along with spaces for self-reflection, an open-air library, and cutting-edge wellness experiences.
5. Real Madrid World – World’s First Theme Park Of Its Kind
Football fans rejoice! The world’s first Real Madrid theme park, Real Madrid World, is opening in Dubai. Immerse yourself in audio-visual displays, interactive experiences, and attractions inspired by the spirit and success of Real Madrid.
6. Untold – Dubai’s First Mega Music Festival
Dubai is set to host its first mega music festival with Untold in February 2024. Get ready for four days of epic music madness featuring headliners like Ellie Goulding, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and more. Get your tickets here.
7. Swingers Crazy Golf Club Lands On Bluewaters
London’s popular crazy golf venue, Swingers, is coming to Bluewaters Island. Expect adults-only fun with four nine-hole crazy golf courses, street food, cocktails, and live DJs, promising a party atmosphere.
8. Ed Sheeran Live at The Sevens Stadium ‘+ – = ÷ x’
Sing along to Ed Sheeran’s biggest hits as he performs live at The Sevens Stadium on January 19 and 20. Experience his signature 360-degree central stage for an immersive and close-up concert experience. Get your tickets here.
9. Floating Mosque on Dubai Canal
Dubai is getting a first-of-its-kind floating mosque at Dubai Canal in 2024. With three floors, a submerged prayer hall, and welcoming spaces for all, it’s set to become a unique place of worship.
10. Timbuktu Market – Culinary Delights in Barsha Heights
Inspired by global markets, Timbuktu Market in Barsha Heights will bring a fresh culinary energy to Dubai. With various eateries, local products, and even a cycling studio, this market curated by food blogger Hani AlMalki promises a delightful experience.
11. Arte Museum – Immersive Art at Dubai Mall
Get ready for an immersive art experience at Arte Museum, opening soon at Dubai Mall. Created by d’strict, known for the mesmerizing ‘Wave’ in Seoul, this space will showcase artworks using the latest media technologies for a unique visual experience.
12. Chaos Karts – Live-Action Karting Experience
Dubai’s first live-action part-gaming, part-karting experience is arriving in Al Quoz in January. Picture Mario Kart in real life, with state-of-the-art technology creating a next-level immersive kart gaming experience.
13. New Restaurants & Bars Galore
Dubai is welcoming a fleet of new restaurants and bars in 2024. From fancy eateries to beach clubs and rooftop bars to casual diners, there’s something for everyone. Here are some restaurant highlights that we are looking forward to seeing;
- Andaliman – One Zabeel – Indonesian
- Gigi Rigolatto – La Mer – French Mediterranean
- La Baia – La Mer – Italian
- MiMi Mei Fair – Downtown Dubai – Chinese
- Qabu by Paco Morales – One Zabeel – Spanish
14. Dubai World Cup – Horse Racing Extravaganza
Witness horse racing’s elite at the Dubai World Cup on March 30. With a staggering prize pot of $30.5 million, it’s not just about racing; the day boasts fashion and off-track entertainment.
15. The Phantom Of The Opera Returns To Dubai Opera
The internationally acclaimed production, The Phantom of the Opera, is making a comeback at Dubai Opera from February 22 to March 10, 2024. Don’t miss the chance to experience this phenomenal theatre act. Get your tickets here.
16. K-pop Extravaganza with The Kid LAROI and Jonas Blue
Get ready for a K-pop extravaganza featuring The Kid LAROI and Jonas Blue at Coca-Cola Arena on January 14. It promises chart-topping hits and energetic performances. Get your tickets here.
17. Kevin Hart Live At Coca-Cola Arena
Laugh your heart out with Kevin Hart’s signature comedy at Coca-Cola Arena on March 4. The Emmy and Grammy-nominated actor is set to bring the house down. Get your tickets here.
18. Khalid’s Unforgettable Live Performance
After an unexpected cancelled show in October 2023, Khalid is returning at Coca-Cola Arena on March 2. Prepare for an unforgettable night with the Grammy Award-winning singer. Get your tickets here.
19. Burj2Burj Half Marathon
Lace up for a unique sporting challenge, Burj2Burj, a half marathon stretching from the iconic Burj Al Arab to the towering Burj Khalifa on January 21. Experience live music, incredible views, and an electrifying atmosphere. Get your tickets here.
20. Break The Block – Winter Block Party at Expo City
Join the vibrant community celebration, Break The Block, at Expo City on January 26. Enjoy delicious food, upbeat music, and a lively atmosphere featuring hit-makers Jungle and a DJ set by Nightmares on Wax. Get your tickets here.
With all these exciting events and attractions, 2024 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year in Dubai!