Since Ain Dubai, the world’s biggest observation wheel, first shown up off the shoreline of Dubai Marina, it has caught the imagination of the city. Making its presence felt, this new landmark has drawn attention of many to the island. With skyscrapers mounting, several eateries opening and the gigantic wheel almost turning, the much-awaited Bluewaters island is now officially open. Dubai residents and tourists can now add to their list a new winter spot that gives a perfect view of the New Year’s Fireworks now, as Bluewaters island is open to public.
Home to Ain Dubai
For visitors keen to get up-close to Ain Dubai and marvel at the spectacular engineering feat that forms the destination’s centerpiece, Bluewaters provides access to awe-inspiring sights at its base. At 250 meters, it is taller than the 167-meter High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-meter New York Wheel planned for Staten Island. Ain Dubai will carry up to 1,400 passengers at a time in its 48 double-glazed capsules, offering unforgettable 360-degree views of Dubai.
Urban buzz at The Wharf
Home to the world’s biggest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, Bluewaters blends island serenity with urban buzz as it offers residential, lifestyle and leisure spaces. The island, located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), gives visitors the chance to enjoy a day on the beach before walking down the boulevard that offers a variety of 132 restaurants, cafes and shops. A short buggy ride along the pedestrian bridge gets us to the Wharf, where the 22nd branch of Australian chain The Coffee Club opened a week ago. Food and beverage at the Wharf range from licensed fine-dining concepts at the waterfront to quirky eateries, and an eclectic mix of cafés, restaurants and intimate bistros that serve a wide range of global cuisines. Added also, the terrace view at The Wharf, set against the backdrop of Ain Dubai where you can have a full view of the JBR skyline that will allow uninterrupted views of the fireworks. The Wharf Link connects Bluewaters to The Beach at JBR and Bluewaters Wharf Station serves as a dock for water transport.
Caesars Palace Bluewaters
For those who want to class it up a bit, there’s always Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, featuring an outdoor swimming pool, six brand-spanking new restaurants, a fitness centre and a health spa. It will also house Gordan Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai offer a combined 495 rooms and 80 serviced apartments, along with a 500-seat theatre – The Rotunda and a conference centre – Caesars Forum. Inside the island, visitors can enjoy a view of the endless ocean and swimming pools for only Dh100 for one-day access at Cove Beach at Caesars Resort Bluewaters.
Residences on the island comprise 10 mid-rise towers featuring 698 apartments, four penthouses and 17 townhouses, set over a podium. Each penthouse offers five bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and living areas with 360-degree views. The interiors at Bluewaters Residences are finished to the highest standards, with a neutral palette and a minimalist style that combines the warmth of Scandinavian wooden floors with the opulence of soft metallic fixtures. Designed for a contemporary lifestyle, the open-plan kitchen features state-of-the-art Italian appliances and seamless worktops. With floor-to-ceiling windows, all apartments offer sweeping views of Ain Dubai, the sea, the greenery or a boulevard. Amenities include gymnasiums, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, basketball courts and children’s play areas and a mosque. The residential zone also features a central landscaped podium and basement-level parking bays. The buildings also have 32 retail outlets.
On the retail front, some of the signboards seen include Typo, SuperDry, Ciel de Perfume, iSea and Beyond the Beach, which sells beach accessories and swimwear from Seafolly, Maaji, Tommy Bahama, Veikini, Zoggs and Havaianas.
International Tourist Destination
A world-class island destination built to Meraas’ exacting standards in terms of magnitude, design and aesthetics, Bluewaters will undoubtedly, add to Dubai’s competitive advantage among global cities. Apart from the spectacular Ain Dubai, it provides comprehensive residential, retail and hospitality options, making Bluewaters a leading tourist destination, as well as a preferred place to live, work and play.
Bluewaters is right across Jumeirah Beach Residences and a 20-minute drive from City Walk. Both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum Airport can be reached in 30 minutes while Abu Dhabi Airport is just 45 minutes away.