Home to the Ain Dubai wheel, three amazing Caesars properties, a host of restaurants and gorgeous residences too, this glitzy new destination is now open to the public.
At 250 metres, the wheel is taller than the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island.
It’s almost hard to remember the time before Ain Dubai appeared off the coast of Dubai Marina – it is now so fully accepted as one of the emirate’s top landmarks. The area’s construction site seemed to rumble along for ages, but then almost overnight the colossal spherical marvel appeared, and a new era for Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) began.
The observation wheel – which is the world’s largest (naturally) – is the main landmark of Bluewaters, an island destination by Meraas that recently opened its doors to visitors, although some parts are still waiting to be fully launched. At 250 metres, the wheel is taller than the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island.
Many people are already flocking to Ain Dubai to simply marvel at the spectacular engineering on display. For those who love a unique view, the wheel will carry up to 1,400 passengers at a time in its 48 double-glazed capsules, offering spectacular 360-degree vistas of Dubai. Each leg of the observation wheel stands at a height of 126 metres and is long enough to fit 15 London buses (although no-one’s had a go just yet).
Getting to the Bluewaters island is as simple as a short stroll along a bridge from The Beach on JBR. It is also connected to the mainland by a network of roads, including a direct link to Sheikh Zayed Road, plus there is water transport by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Channelling a vibe that has been described as “blending island calm with urban buzz,” the destination offers top-notch residential, hospitality, leisure and entertainment spaces.
As the city develops in line with the vision of the UAE’s leadership, we are constantly striving to achieve greater heights,” said His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas.
Meraas has been mindful of this, while also being focused on the nation’s emphasis on its people’s happiness and quality of life. We are set to achieve many engineering feats at Bluewaters and are delivering a destination which will establish a new benchmark for modern design. However, we are proudest of the fact that it will bring people together and create enriching experiences to support the growth of Dubai as a global hub.
Bluewaters features several courtyards, intimate pedestrian spaces and scenic walkways that boast a green and lush landscape. Central and Sunset Avenues gently separate the three zones, while North and South Walks allow pedestrians to stand at the water’s edge and gaze out at the sea, or the city beyond.
Urban Buzz at The Wharf
The Wharf – Bluewaters’ lifestyle retail area set against the backdrop of Ain Dubai – will eventually have 132 retail and dining outlets dotted across the boulevard in low-rise structures. Walkways crisscross the district, shaded by trees, palms and visually striking light features.
Dining outlets here range from licensed fine dining concepts at the waterfront to quirky eateries and an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants and intimate bistros serving a range of global cuisines. More concepts and stores will be opening gradually over the next few months.
Central Avenue borders the land side of The Wharf, while North Walk and Wharf Avenue edge the waterfront, circling Ain Dubai Plaza beneath the observation wheel. A 265-metre pedestrian bridge, The Wharf Link, connects this area to The Beach on the coast of mainland Dubai. Bluewaters Wharf Station will serve as a dock for water transport. It also boasts over 2,000 parking bays, spanning basement and podium levels.
Rooms with a View
Those who fancy investing in this high-profile neighbourhood can check out the Bluewaters Residences. With ten stylish mid-rise towers featuring 698 apartments, four penthouses and 17 townhouses, the development is set over a podium that offers lovely sea views or views of Ain Dubai itself. The island is expected to welcome its first residents shortly.
Each penthouse enjoys unparalleled 360-degree views of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai Marina, Ain Dubai and Dubai’s skyline, and offers a generous indoor and outdoor space with five bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and expansive living areas.
The interiors at Bluewaters Residences are finished to a high standard, 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 contemporary living, 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.
Other amenities include gyms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, basketball courts and children’s play areas, in addition to a mosque built in a contemporary style. The residential zone also features a central landscaped podium to encourage community living, and dedicated basement level parking bays. The buildings also boast 32 retail outlets for the convenience of residents.
Hail to Caesars…
One of the most exciting aspects of the island is that it has brought the legendary Las Vegas Caesars Palace hotel brand to the Middle East for the first time. There is now the Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, and Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai.
Designed by the maestro of modern American glamour Jonathan Adler, the interiors of Caesars Bluewaters Dubai aim to bring a slice of ancient Rome to the three distinct accommodation offerings. Oversized distorted Roman busts, murals of classical landscapes etched in luminous neon, and giant foot sculptures, all help to create the fun ‘Caesars’ ambience.
At Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, visitors can enjoy all the signature elements of the Caesars Palace experience. This 194-guest room resort also boasts Cove Beach – a stunning seafront locale that comprises 2.0 restaurant by Cove Beach, the Rosé Bar and Sea Lounge, all set to the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Multi-Michelin chef and television star Gordon Ramsay is turning up the heat for guests at his second Hell’s Kitchen location here too. Serving up the same combination of theatre and world-class cooking as its original Las Vegas location, the immersive restaurant will become a must-see city attraction for tourists and residents alike.
Guests can also select from a variety of high-end dining outlets throughout the resort. These include dim sum and handmade noodles at Pan-Asian restaurant Zhen Wei, afternoon tea and spectacular sea views at Roman Lounge, snacks and frozen concoctions poolside at Neptune Pool & Bar, and mixology and live entertainment at Laurel Bar.
Meanwhile, the elegant Qua Spa takes a holistic approach to enhancing emotional and physical balance centred around the five elements for perfect ‘Qi’ or energy.
Families looking for island seclusion and a fully packed roster of entertainment can enjoy Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai. The 301-guest room resort includes two outdoor pools – one family-friendly and one for adults only – and access to a private beach.
Another handy feature for parents and kids alike is the Empire Club available to all junior guests – and joining soon Roam, a teen’s club for young adults. Accessible to all families staying at the resort, the colourful and activity-filled kids club and trendy teens hangout will help younger Caesars guests to shape their own vacation schedules.
Among its six restaurants and bars, one dining highlight is Paru, offering a unique mix of Japanese cuisine with a Korean American twist and the best views across the city.
The resort will follow in the legacy of its famous Las Vegas companion when it comes to epic entertainment as well. Guests can expect an electrifying roster of headliners, trendsetting theatre acts, magicians and comedians, all housed at The Rotunda.
And for contemporary luxury living combined with high-end hospitality, The Residences at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai offers 80 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments for short and long-term lease, with the obvious advantage of having two magnificent resorts on its doorstep.
This article was originally published in Prestige Issue No. 39.