Bluewaters is the latest mega-development to be unveiled in the ever-expanding city of Dubai – and one that we have watched grow over the past 3 years that we have lived here.
Taking some 5 years to develop, Bluewaters is a man-made Island that has been constructed some 500 meters from the shoreline of Jumeriah Beach Residences, connected to the mainland by both a road bridge and footbridge. Highlights of the island include the newly opened Caesars Palace Hotel and Residences, and the ‘Ain Dubai’ ferris wheel, a 210 meter high observation wheel, who’s opening date is still to be confirmed. These will be complimented by numerous cafes, restaurants and shops.
Pedestrian access to the Island is via the footbridge that links conveniently to the footpath running along the beach-front adjacent to the JBR Doubletree Hotel. The bridge offers an exhilarating walk, with great views both towards the Island, and looking back at JBR; it’s great to see new perspectives on views you are very familiar with.
Conveniently placed look-out points are provided along the bridge, offering excellent locations for the obligatory photo and selfie opportunities.
Upon reaching the island, visitors are met by a stunning collection of buildings and constructions, dominated by Ain Dubai itself, and ‘The Mushrooms’ – looking like they belong at Jodrell Bank, these structures are designed to offer shading, but their lighting effects make them particularly striking at night, with their almost mystical blue glow.
Bluewaters offers an idyllic space to walk and explore – at the time of writing (December 2018), very few of the retail outlets were open, but nonetheless, there was much to see and enjoy, as we walked towards the far tip of the island, and the massive structure that is Ain Dubai.
Accommodation on the Island is provided by the iconic Las Vegas brand, Caesars Palace – both hotel and serviced apartment facilities are available, and from what we experienced of the property, it is an excellent addition to the luxury hotel portfolio of Dubai.
The hotel boasts a ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ restaurant, by British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey amongst it’s offerings, but we chose to enjoy a light meal at the Roman Lounge, a casual bar with both indoor and outdoor areas, and where we were lucky enough to be seated at probably the best table in the house – with amazing views across the hotel’s main pool area, and the Arabian Gulf beyond.
Following our meal, we walked back home to JBR – crossing the bridge once more and reflecting on an enjoyable evening, one that I’m sure will be repeated.