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Free Wifi on all Dubai Metro trains and stations is now a reality. Access to the internet from Dubai Metro has long been on the wish list of many commuters.
The ruler of Dubai has announced that a new opera house and modern art museum will be built in the emirate near the world's tallest building as part of an effort to boost Dubai's standing as a cultural hub. The new 'Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District', which will be located on Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, is being billed as the UAE's newest arts and cultural nerve-centre, according to a statement issued by state news agency WAM.
Weekend shopping hours have been extended to midnight in many malls including Al Ghurair Centre, Arabian Mall, Deira City Centre, BurJuman Centre, Reef Mall, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Marina Mall, and Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Wafi, Mercato and Lamcy Plaza.
"The New Year's Celebrations 2012 is our tribute to the cosmopolitan spirit of Dubai. The spectacle has reiterated this global city's position as one of the most sought after destinations for New Year's celebrations," Ahmad Al Matroushi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties, said.
Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa will be welcoming in 2012 with a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. Tonight, Emaar Properties, the Burj Khalifa’s development company, is expecting hundreds of thousands if visitors to what has become the focal point for Dubai’s New Year’s Eve festivities.
The 2012 race, which goes ahead on January 27, will start and finish in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and is also going to take in Dubai Mall, along with the Dubai World Trade Centre, Emaar Boulevard and Union House.