The city of Dundee has been named among the top 10 ‘hot’ destinations for 2018 by The Wall Street Journal alongside the likes of Madagascar, Shanghai, and Minneapolis.
The poll marks the latest stage in the growth of Dundee’s reputation in the global tourist industry. Once branded ‘the coolest little city in the UK’ by GQ, it was recognised as the country’s first UNESCO City of Design in 2014.
Indeed, one significant cause for enthusiasm cited by the American publication is the city’s celebration of its heritage in this particular field, in the shape of the V&A Museum of Design. Due to open in 2018 and envisaged by prolific Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, it will be the first centre of its kind open to the public in Scotland. The museum will work in tandem with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, ‘the world’s leading museum of art and design’.
But the V&A is just one of a number of notable ongoing developments rejuvenating the city of jute, jam, and journalism. The building’s construction is part of a wider £1.5 billion redevelopment of Dundee’s waterfront area, which includes a new marina, shops, bars, restaurants, and the City Quay complex.
The city is also in the running to be named European Capital of Culture 2023, and today sent off its official bid to the committee amidst celebrations in the City Square.
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