Top New Hotels in
The Middle East
TRAVEL TO THE MIDDLE EAST has held steady
over the last four years, thanks in part to a stronger than average interest by Millennials, with Matures (born before 1946)
not far behind. Those are indications derived from MMGY
Global’s 2018-2019 Portrait of American Travelers, which also
shows that United Arab Emirates, Israel and Jordan are the
three countries drawing the most attention. Dubai appears to
be especially popular with Millennials and Xers.
Well-known for its wealth of Instagram-worthy archeological, historical and cultural sites, the region is also home
to extraordinary beaches (Mediterranean and Dead seas,
and Persian and Oman gulfs) and such modern marvels as
Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World theme park and Dubai’s 160-
story Burj Khalifa skyscraper — the world’s tallest building.
Complementing all of this is a seemingly continuous stream
of new hotels; here are some of the latest developments.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is slated to open
in November — three days after the island’s Louvre Abu
Dhabi marks its first anniversary. Overlooking a quarter mile
of protected sand dunes lapped by turquoise waters, the new
hotel’s 293 guestrooms will include eight villas with private
pools, and 70 suites, including six panoramic suites with
floor-to-ceiling glass walls that can open to take advantage
of the sea breeze.
The spa has a Moroccan hamman, 14 treatment rooms,
hydrotherapy pools, traditional Arabic Rasul room, steam
room, salt room, and a VIP couple’s spa suite with a private
entrance. Four spa villas allow guests to be pampered inside
their own accommodations. Restaurants include the all-day
White, with buffets and live cooking stations; Mare Mare for
authentic Italian summer food; Levantine-inspired TEAN,
with mezzes and grills by the beach; and Al Majilis for rich
roasted coffee and patisseries.
A must-see at the aforementioned Louvre Abu Dhabi is
“Salvator Mundi,” a da Vinci painting hidden from the public
for more than 500 years. One of fewer than 20 authenticated works by da Vinci in existence, it will be unveiled in
September and remain on display for about a year, then hang
in Paris’s Louvre before returning in early 2020.
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai is expected to
reopen in October following a major makeover of its 425
guestrooms, the lobby and public areas, the retail shops,
beach, outdoor facilities and restaurants (the resort is home
to 21 restaurants and bars).
Opened in December 2017 on Jumeirah Bay, the Bulgari
Resort & Residences Dubai comprises the Resort, six residential buildings with 173 sea-facing apartments, 15 private
mansions, a marina and yacht club, and a spa. The Resort
houses 101 rooms and suites, and 20 villas. The Bulgari Villa,
largest on the property, has a pool, 5,300-square-foot garden,
terrace, private home cinema, indoor Jacuzzi and hammam.
The property’s five restaurants and bars include Il Ristorante
- Niko Romito, for classic Italian fare, and the beachside La
Spiaggia, which becomes a beach club at night.
The palatial Emerald Palace Kempinski on the West
Crescent of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is raising eyebrows for its
swanky facilities. For one thing, there are eight restaurants
and bars, including MIX Tapas by Alain Ducasse — the
celebrity chef’s first eatery in the UAE. Then there’s the
80-seat private cinema, the 1,600-foot private beach and the
Cinq Mondes spa that sprawls over 32,000 square feet.
Serviced by private butlers, the 389 balconied rooms and
suites afford panoramic views of either the Arabian Gulf
Dubai-based developer Omniyat will introduce the
five-star Dorchester Dubai on the banks of Dubai Canal.
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