It can be difficult to choose where to spend your next vacation, and we’re about to make that choice even tougher. In 2015 the world will see the opening of some incredible new attractions and a couple 21st century twists on long time favourites.
Here are our top 10 new attractions you have to see in 2015:
1. London Tower Bridge
We start with a new addition to a British icon. London’s Tower Bridge has been given a 21st century upgrade. Tower Bridge now has it’s own glass observation floor. Completed in late 2014 the glass floor has been thrilling tourists ever since.
The glass floor gives tourists a new dizzying perspective on an old landmark.
2. The Dubai Frame
The emirate of Dubai has grown from an oil rich desert kingdom to a business hub and the forefront of creative architecture. Dubai is already home to the the worlds tallest building (the Burj Khalifa), Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands (man made archipelagos), and more.
The city is now embarking on another modern engineering marvel designed to showcase Dubai’s transformation. A giant 150 by 93 meter frame will give tourists the best view of the city.
3. One World Observatory NYC
The One World Trade Center was built on the site of the Twin Towers. It has become an instantly recognisable part of the New York City skyline. To many New Yorkers the building represents the city’s ability to overcome the tragedy of September 11th and the indomitable American spirit.
The building will be the world’s third tallest building and the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Towards the end of 2014 the observation deck opened, tourists can take an elevator (fitted with floor to ceiling LCD screens on three sides) up to the 1250 ft observation deck in just 60 seconds. From there you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Big Apple.
If you can’t wait, then watch the video below to take a virtual tour:
4. Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil has long been seen as one of the rising stars of the developing world. Recently the country has embarked on a construction and tourist boom. In 2014 Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup. In 2016 Brazil will host the Olympics for the first time.
In between the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics Brazil will open a futuristic new museum. The Museum of Tomorrow will showcase the bright future that Rio and Brazil have. It will also make the most of green technologies like solar panels and aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
The building will cover 30 000 square meters and include recreational space and a two story museum for an interactive learning experience, research and exhibitions.
Watch the technical challenges of bringing such a unique building to life.
5. Eternity Passage, Beijing
China has become an economic superpower. Over a billion people live in China and many are joining the growing middle class. Eternity Passage will cater to this growing middle class and foreign tourists alike.
Eternity Passage is being billed as China’s high-tech amusement park. Composed of 15 distinct technology themed zones the park will emphasize China’s rich history and culture as well as its bright future in the information age. Set to open later this year Eternity Passage is a short drive from Beijing and will add to China’s growing number of tourist attractions.
6. The Louvre Abu Dhabi
You read that right. The Louvre – long considered the world’s premier art museum and home of the Mona Lisa – will open a franchise of sorts in Abu Dhabi. The museum will showcase artwork from around the globe spanning from the birth of civilisation to contemporary art.
Located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi’s cultural center, the museum’s 24,000 square metres will initially be filled with works loaned from French museums – at a cost of $747 million. Works will be loaned from the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay and Palace of Versailles.
7. Funtasy Island Singapore
Despite it’s cringe-worthy name, Funtasy Island is promising to be both fun and a real life fantasy. More importantly, unlike other resorts Funtasy Island is committed to environmental sustainability.
Covering 6 islands and 3.3 million square meters the resort will preserve 70% of the land in its natural state.
South East Asia is a vacation destination that is growing in popularity. Funtasy Island combines the comfort of a resort with the stunning natural beauty of the region.
8. The Grand Egyptian Museum
Political instability has hurt Egypt’s tourism industry. Despite this, the country remains one of the most vibrant and historically rich places in the world. Opening later this year will be the Grand Egyptian Museum. It will showcase some of the worlds most prized artifacts in the land of the Pharaohs.
The Grand Egyptian Museum (also known as the Giza Museum) will become the worlds biggest archeological museum. It will cover 81,000 square metres and is scheduled to open in August of this year.
9. Glass Floor Eiffel Tower
In the fall of last year the Eiffel Tower received a 21st century update. A $38 million glass floor now offers never-before-seen vistas from the first observation level 180ft off the ground. First built in 1889 the Eiffel Tower is the world’s most visited paying attraction with 7 million visitors a year. Thanks to the recent renovations The Eiffel Tower will continue to draw in tourists from around the globe.
Have your first look at the new glass floor here:
10. The Shanghai Tower
Standing at 2 073 feet, the Shanghai Tower is the world’s second tallest building. Although it already dominates the Shanghai skyline the tower is not yet open to the public – but will be in mid 2015.
Watch the Shanghai Tower’s epic light show!
Bonus: Some Daredevils have already scaled the Shanghai Tower. Watch their vertigo inducing (and illegal) exploits here:
So there you have it: our top 10 new attractions to see in 2015. Only one North American attraction makes our list this year, so if you really want see what the world’s top new attractions in 2015 are, you’ll have to start racking up the air miles – and of course plan your currency exchanging ahead to save time and money.
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