9 New Global attractions opening in 2016 - new Louvre and biblical ark

Cape Town - For those who plan to travel the world in 2016 - you may be keen on exploring some of its new attractions opening this year.

If you love Switzerland but you're tired of skiing, crazy about San Francisco but have millions of selfies at the Golden Bridge and know the Louvre like the back of your hand - then you are definitely ready for a few new exciting adventures. 

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Taken from the world's cultural calendar for 2016, CNN highlighted some of the most anticipated attractions opening around the that will simply blow your mind... 

1. Dubai Parks & Resorts (United Arab Emirates)

Dubai is set to open a $25 million (about R390 million at R15.62/$) square-foot theme park in the middle of the desert. If the first thing that springs to mind is your fear of melting - do not fear, the film-themed attraction is set to be air conditioned. 

This $2.8 billion wonderland will open in October 2016, offering visitors a water park, with Lego, Bollywood films, and Hollywood Blockbuster themed zones. 

You can shop, dine and be entertained in the Riverland Dubai area, with French village themes from the 1600s and American 1950s. 

You can also enjoy a Polynesian themed resort for some relaxation. Over 6 million visitors are expected to try out the 100's of attractions in its first year, reports CNN. 

2. Shanghai Disney (Shanghai China)

Walt Disney's wonderland is expected to open in China's central coast early this year. The $5.4 billion resort will offer six themed zones with favourites like Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove and the Gardens of Imagination.

Visitors can also experience the themed gardens based on the Chinese zodiac signs Disney Style. 

3. FIFA Football Museum (Zurich, Switzerland)

Set to open early in the year, the $177 million facility will provide football fans with over 1 000 exclusive exhibits dedicated to the sport and the world's largest collection of football books.

Travellers can also enjoy interactive multimedia experiences like practising your ball skills or getting a feel of what its like to play on the pitch.


4. SFMOMA San Francisco (USA)

San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art is set to be 20 000 square feet larger than the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan (MoMa), with its exhibition space three times larger - making it the largest modern art museum in the US. SFMOMA will open on 14 May 2016. 

More than 20 000 square feet larger than the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan and with three times the exhibition space, SFMOMA will become the largest modern art museum in the United States.

The 10-story building opens to the public on May 14 in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood.

5. Ark Encounter (Kentucky, USA)

A biblical theme park in Kentucky that 'proselytizes' the theory of creationism will feature a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark that's said to be the largest wooden structure in the world, explains CNN.

Creators of the ark - Answers in Genesis - hope to regain the money spent on the pricey project in the first year of opening. The fundamentalist group believe God created Earth in six days about 6 000 years ago wants to turn Kentucky into the 'mecca' of tourism. 

6. Doha Festival City (Qatar)

The dazzling city is an oil-funded megaproject with a 2.6 million square feet of leasable area, 550 shops, 100 cafes and restaurants, a hotel and an entertainment centre. 

Travellers can also enjoy an outdoor amusement park and an indoor snow park. Qatar's Festival City will open in September and will form an integral part of Qatar's 2022 World Cup. 

7. Darling Harbour Live (Sydney, Australia)

Sydney's Darling Harbour is getting a dramatic makeover. The harbour will soon be home to Australia's biggest convention and exhibition facilities and Sydney's largest red carpet venue. 

8. Palestinian Museum (West Bank)
The $30 million, 430 000 square-foot complex will be the largest of its kind solely for Palestinian art and culture, reports CNN. Links between history and the present will be exhibited, delving into the personal histories of Palestinians through important objects and memorabilia. 

The museum will be inaugurated on 15 May - to mark Nakba, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced in the war, 1948.

9. Louvre Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

The great museum cost Abu Dhabi a whopping $525 million just to be associated with the Louvre brand, with an additional $747 million for art loans and managerial advice, reports CNN. This might just be the 'best museum money can buy' once it opens at the end of 2016.

The domed structure, designed by Pritzker Prize winner - Jean Nouvel - will be 65 000 square feet of installations and 22 000 square feet of temporary exhibits. 

The museum will also allow Arab artists to share the wall with the likes of Picasso, Leonardo and Monet. 

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