Keep these on your radar…
Dubai is a city that never stands still with new venues popping up all of the time. We’re bringing you the inside scoop on some of the most bars, restaurants and beach clubs exciting opening in Dubai in 2022.
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Asia Asia Business Bay
A new Asia Asia is opening in Dubai’s Business Bay soon. Spanning across 750 square meters, the new Asia Asia will seat 500 people. Much like the original outpost, which has Dubai Marina views from its Pier 7 terrace, the next location will offer both dining room and al fresco options, overlooking the Dubai Canal. Asia Asia Business Bay will offer semi-private lounges, DJ booth, bar, dining area and a sushi bar from its Grand Millennium Hotel location.
Asia Asia, Grand Millennium Business Bay. @asiaasiadubai
In the early part of 2022, Dubai Opera will welcome a new restaurant to its offering, that goes by the name of Belcanto. Described as an experiential dining concept, offering fine-dining Italian cuisine, Belcanto is headed up by Tuscan Chef Giacomo Lombardi. The space has been designed with quintessential Italian styling and aesthetics in mind. Renders of the upcoming venue show a plush red carpet and white paneled walls with gold accents. On a stage sits a grand piano, indicating a live entertainment aspect to the experience – Belcanto roughly translated to ‘beautiful song’.
Belcanto, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai. belcantorest.com
The Byron Bathers Club
Tom Arnel (of Tom & Serg fame) has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bidi Bondi’s to open a brand new Aussie-inspired multi-concept called The Byron Bathers Club. When it opens, it will be a seafood focused beachside dining destination offering a la carte breakfasts, lunches and late-night dinners. Inside, decor promises to be light and airy, with an easy going, surf-style aesthetic. Think preppy blue and white stripes, a hefty shot of greenery, all with a distinct family-friendly vibe.
The Byron Bathers Club, Al Manhal Building, Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah (formerly Bidi Bondi). @byronbathersclub
DIFC will soon welcome Chic Nonna, a luxury Italian concept from Mine & Yours Group. The two-storey space will feature an elegant Osteria gourmet restaurant on the ground floor plus a vibrant lounge bar on the floor above. Diners can pick a seat next to the open kitchen for a full view of the culinary artists at work. For an even closer look, there will also be a one-of-a-kind chef’s table experience within the kitchen itself.
Chic Nonna, DIFC. chicnonna.com
For those who like their beer (stein sized), Dubai’s first traditional Bavarian beer garden and Wirtshaus is sure to tick your boxes. Opening in the cool new 25hours Hotel, this casual bar is set to serve up authentic German delights, such as craft German beers, soft pretzels, and more.
Ernst, 25hours Hotel, Dubai, @ernstbiergarten
The Guild in DIFC promises to be unlike anything else we’ve seen in Dubai. Bull&Roo has signed on for the mammoth project, which was conceived by managing director Tom Arnel. Spanning 15,000 square feet, The Guild in DIFC will bring together eight homegrown food concepts under one roof, creating a gourmet collective with a giant dining room at its heart.
The Guild, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC. icdbrookfieldplace.com
When you think of Italian restaurants in Dubai, the mind often goes straight to Il Borro Tuscan Bistro and Alici, which are brought to us by Orange Hospitality. The group is back with a brand new concept, this time heading over the pond to France. Promising a glamorous Parisian experience, the new restaurant, Josette, will open its doors in DIFC’s ICD Brookfield Place, which is also home to The Arts Club and soon-to-open The Guild.
Josette Dubai, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC. @jostedubai
The London Project
Loved for its botanical and Instagrammable interiors and cool cocktails, The London Project has firmly cemented itself as a firm Bluewaters Island favorite in Dubai. Soon, a second outpost is set to open in Marina Walk, Dubai Marina. The huge new venue will have brand new licensed concepts across three floors. Each concept promises to deliver something beyond a bar or a restaurant, through theatre, entertainment and more.
Throwback in style to the Italian Riviera in the 1960s and 1970s at Loren. The restaurant will sit above yet-to-open beach club SĀN in front of SEVEN Palm on West Beach. Slated to open late this year, the venue will serve up refined Italian-style coastal dining and a seriously chic setting.
Loren, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
Mayabay Dubai, export of the upmarket Mayabay Monaco is soon set to open. The luxury new restaurant will be found at the beautiful Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel, next to the turtle lagoon. For those who love their food, you can tantalise your taste buds with Mayabay’s signature Japanese-Thai cuisine in a sophisticated dining setting with fabulous Burj Al Arab views.
Mayabay Dubai, Jumeirah Al Naseem. @mayabaydubai
Experience authentic Chinese cuisine at Mott 32, which hails from Hong Kong and is inspired by 32 Mott Street in New York, where the city’s first Chinese convenience store opened in 1891. The restaurant looks set to be decked out in sultry hues of red, with cushy seating and delicately-patterned crockery.
Mott 32, Address Beach Resort, Dubai. @mott32dubai
The Nice Guy
LA’s celebrity hangout The Nice Guy gears up to open. Hoarding for the restaurant has already gone up on the ground level of Emirates Towers advertising that the restaurant is ‘opening soon’. An Instagram account, @theniceguydubai, is also already active, although has yet to post any indicator of what the restaurant or menu may look like – or when it might open.
Emirates Towers, DIFC. @theniceguydubai
Para Sol by St. Regis
Para Sol by St. Regis is a new beach club that is set to open on the popular West Beach strip. Details are being kept tightly under wraps, but we know construction is already happening.
The Park is set to be brought to you by Tom Arnel, owner of Tom & Serg. The Bull&Roo concept is set to stretch over three floors with a rooftop terrace. The family-friendly venue will have a food store as well as an Australian-influenced market cafe and plenty of space for the little ones to play in.
The Park, JLT.
Peaches & Cream
Peaches & Cream is set to open in Dubai soon, on the ever popular Palm Jumeirah. Found in Shoreline 1 Building, the retro-themed beach club will be as colorful as it is cool, when it opens in Q2 of 2022. Inspired by 1980s Miami, Peaches & Cream will have a vibrant beach club and slick lounge, featuring a 3,000 square foot beach, large swimming pool and soft candy-coloured sun beds. A large outdoor bar will take center stage, with boho swings for guests to sit and enjoy a refreshing cocktail.
Peaches & Cream, Shoreline Building 1, Palm Jumeirah. @peachesandcreamdxb
Set to open from Wednesday May 4, Playa is self-described as a ‘celebration of the renewal of life’, and will feature an indoor restaurant as well as several alfresco areas that spill down to the white sandy beach. Open daily from 10am until 2am, guests can recline on a lounger and soak up the sun by day, snag a seat on the terrace and enjoy a sundowner against the backdrop of the gorgeous skyline in the evening, or stay into the night for lively DJ sets. Playa also boasts one of the only swimming pools on the Palm West Beach stretch, meaning you’ll be able to take a dip and keep cool even as the summer temperatures approach.
Playa Beach Club, Palm West Beach, opening Wednesday May 4, 10am to 2am daily. @playadubai
The Pods Dubai encompasses instagrammable VIP dining pods with stellar sea and JBR skyline views at Bluewaters Island. There will be a total of 22 luxury dining pods of different sizes, with a capacity to seat up to 168 people. Here, you can tuck into elegant Pan-Asian cuisine, which explores flavors from China, Japan and Thailand, albeit with a ‘modern touch’.
The Pods, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, opening May 1. @thepodsdubai
Opening on May 11, Tabu will be found in St. Regis Downtown Dubai, taking the spot previously occupied by Morimoto. Promising theatrical modern Japanese cuisine, Tabu will also have a speakeasy bar/lounge/club called The Other Side which is set to open on the same night.