Come on over: The top new openings in 2018

Come on over: The top new openings in 2018

Here's what's coming to our shores over the next 12 months...

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui

The Middle East will continue to boom in 2018 by welcoming a whole new host of restaurants and hotels. Find out what's coming (and when) below...

More than known just for its beaches, year-long summer weather, iconic skyscrapers, rich cultures and versatile traditions, the Middle East is one of the most luxurious regions in the world. Already offering a selection of palatial pads within the region, there's set to be a new round of openings coming our way in 2018.

From new concept hotels to restaurants and refurbishments, Buro 24/7 Middle East looks at Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — which has just been ranked as the most generous country in the world —  for the new go-to hotels and restaurants that are sure to leave guests with the very best of memories. 

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opening, Saudi Arabia

2017 has been a booming year for the Kingdom. The historic announcements included lifting the ban on women driving, allowing women into sports stadiums, the repealing of the ban on cinemas allowing them to re-open come 2018, and then women being able to operate other vehicles including trucks and motorcycles.

And in more exciting news for the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia is planning on welcoming a new Mövenpick Hotel & Resort in 2018. 

Expanding their presence in the GCC country, Mövenpick is preparing to open a new hotel within Saudi Arabia's Wa'ad Al Shamal industrial city. Set to be the largest hotel project in the city and the entire northern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the 237-room hotel will also feature three food and beverage outlets, extensive meeting and event space, male and female wellness areas as well as recreation facilities.

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Saudi Arabia is set to open late 2018. 

Jumeirah Beach Hotel reopening, Dubai

Considered to be one of Dubai's prime locations for tourists and residents alike, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the city's most postcard-perfect spots. Located right next to the Burj Al Arab, the sea-side hotel will undergo refurbishment to welcome a whole new look for its 21st birthday. 

Set to open in late 2018, we expect we'll be in for a luxury treat once its doors re-open.  

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai is set to re-open late 2018. 

Cova opens at The Dubai Mall, Dubai

From Italy to Dubai with love, Italian Pasticceria Cova is set to open its first address in the Middle East. 

Overlooking the Opera House and Dubai Fountains in Fashion Avenue's new expansion, here you'll be able to enjoy some of the Italian culinary gem's gastronomically-delightful dishes or simply relax on its outdoor terrace. Also, its interiors are sure to up your Instagram game thanks to the mosaic floor tiles, gilded mirrors, velvet sofas, dazzling crystal chandeliers and Italian marble. 

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Cova is set to open its door in January 2018. 

Jumeirah Royal Saray, Bahrain

The Jumeirah Group are extending their luxury hotel offerings by adding Bahrain to their address book. 

To be called Jumeirah Royal Saray – Bahrain, the 167-key hotel is set to be the ultimate relaxation spot with surrounding lush greenery, a beachfront locale and a variety of dining and recreational options, including a state of the art health club and spa.

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Jumeirah Royal Saray – Bahrain is set to open its doors in February 2018.

Scalini at Four Seasons Jumeirah, Dubai

Another restaurant will bring its delectable Italian selection to the public at the Four Seasons Jumeirah next year with the opening of Scalini. 

The fine-dining spot — which is loved by celebrities including Kate Moss, The Beatles, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Cheryl Cole — will offer traditional dishes with a modern twist. Scalini's menu will also include a specially curated menu by award-winning chef, Monserrato Marini.

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Scalini is set to open its doors in January 2018.

The Abu Dhabi Edition

There's a new hotel opening in Abu Dhabi and here at Buro HQ, we can't wait for the anticipated reveal. 

Located in the city's downtown district on the waterfront of Al Bateen, the Abu Dhabi Edition — which features guest rooms and exclusive residences — will follow a similar design concept from its Miami, London and New York counterparts. 

Complete with a host of culinary outlets and two signature restaurants, the Abu Dhabi Edition will also be home to a gourmet market, three-storey nightclub, two swimming pools, a fitness centre and a spa. 

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Abu Dhabi Edition is set to open in 2018 however no official date has been set. Watch this space!

Now, take a look at the recently-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi.