Ever since its launch, Bluewaters Island has been a hot topic for conversation for everyone. "What's it like?", "Have you been there?", "What can you even do there?", "Is that giant Ferris wheel open to the public?" - are a few questions that have been racing everyone's minds after it was opened to the public. If you too are someone who has been waiting for these questions to be answered, you have come to the right place! Today MyBayut explores this iconic island to tell you what's hot and what's not at the new Meraas destination.
What's the hype behind Bluewaters Island?
Just like most real estate projects in the city, this island too is a mega project. Estimated at AED 6B, this waterfront project is the newest addition to Dubai's list of man-made islands. It covers an area of 300 metres off the coast of The Beach at the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) community as a planned mixed purpose development for over 719 luxury residential units and the famous Ain Dubai, which is the world's largest and tallest observation wheel. With so much to offer, there is no surprise that this new Meraas destination has gathered so much interest from the public following its soft launch in November 2018. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. If you'd like to know more about the project in detail, have a look at our previous article on Bluewaters Island Dubai.
What to expect when you visit?
Now that we know what the project is all about, it's on to the fun stuff! Let's take a look at what the island currently has to offer.
The entire aesthetic of the island follows the look of City Walk and Box Park which are other popular Meraas destinations. From the metropolitan pathways to the tall structures that light up in the night, the island's design definitely looks like it's been taken from a book from the future. Since this is a waterfront project, another thing you get to enjoy at the island is the scenic view of the ocean waves crashing against the shore of the Dubai's skyline. Now that we have an idea about what the feel is of being at this newly introduced man-made island, let's take a look at all the things that you can do there.
things to do at Bluewaters Island
Here are a few activities at Bluewaters Island that have been made available to the public after the soft launch
VISIT AIN DUBAI
One thing you will not be able to miss while walking the Urban pathways is the large observation wheel, Ain Dubai, towering over the island. It peeks through all the buildings there and is definitely a sight to capture. But its more than that, the observation deck is the perfect vantage point to view the iconic Palm Jumeirah Islands, Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa. Ain Dubai is currently not open to the public yet, but just taking a trip to marvel the engineering of the mammoth wheel is consolation enough. Don't think the visit is worth it? Here are 5 things you need to know about Ain Dubai that may change our mind. Ain Dubai is expected to be open to the public by the end of 2019.
EXPERIENCE LUXURY AT THE CAESARS PALACE BLUEWATERS DUBAI
A branch of the world’s most famous hotel brand that is present in the glitzy Las Vegas is now in Dubai. The Caesars Palace Bluewaters hotel offers the most exclusive and luxurious experience for its guests. It has an on-site beach club, two outdoor swimming pools, a huge spa and health centres. It also houses the famed restaurant Hell's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsy for which seating is only available upon prior reservation.
- Contact: +971 4 556 6666
UNWIND AT THE COVE BEACH
Part of the Caesars Palace hotel, The Cove Beach is a contemporary beach club that offers an escape from the busy streets of the city. Complete with sunbeds, outdoor pool and a jacuzzi, you will find everything you need to unwind here. They also offer live music and club’s deals for ladies. The operation hours for The Cove Beach at Caesars Palace are 10am-1am from Saturday to Wednesday and 10am-3am on weekends.
- Contact: +971 50 454 6920
No Meraas destination is complete without a list of spectacular restaurants serving global cuisines for their visitors to enjoy. Since this is the soft launch of the project there are only a few restaurants that are open. The restaurants at Bluewaters Island that are open to the public include the Hell's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsy and Zen Wei which are both located in Caesars Palace. There is also the Coffee Club and many other small food stations serving food which you can enjoy.
Another thing that Meraas destinations are known for is the extensive range of retail outlets. There are over 200 retail outlets planned for this island destination which will feature brands for every shopper's needs!
Since this was a soft launch there isn't much to do a the moment but the island definitely has the potential to become the most popular tourist attraction once everything is open. But even though most of the restaurants and attractions at Bluewaters Island are yet to open, it is definitely a must visit if you want to do something more than just visit a mall. The urban corridors and the tall artistically designed structures provide for great photo opportunities allowing you to get that perfect Instagram shot. So before the island transforms into a popular destination flooded with tourists all over, head on over there and enjoy the modern walkways and scenic views of Dubai's skylike lined up against the ocean. All in all, this Meraas destination is perfect for a laid-back evening with friends and family.
BLUEWATERS DUBAI LOCATION
This Meraas destination is located just off JBR and is accessed by the Garn Al Sabka St. Road. If you are travelling by car the drive to the island should take approximately 15-20 minutes if you are coming from City Walk via Sheikh Zayed Road. For those travelling by public transportation, the closest metro station to Bluewaters Island is DMCC (Previously JLT) after which you will need to hail a cab to get to the island. If you are living in JBR, you can actually walk to the island along the bridge from The Beach.
That concludes our review of Bluewaters Island by Meraas. If you are looking to explore some more amazing entertainment destinations in Dubai, the five-star floating hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 is definitely one to check out.
What do you think is the most interesting thing about the island? Let us know in the comments below. For more interesting reviews of the best attractions in the UAE, stay tuned to MyBayut.