Over the past decade the Palm Jumeriah has grown into an icon of Middle Eastern hospitality.
Originally home to Atlantis, the Palm, the location now plays host to some of the best properties to be found anywhere in the region.
But this is an organic project, led by master-developer Nakheel, that keeps on growing.
As such, there are a host of new properties set to join the existing line up on the Palm Jumeriah in the coming months.
Perhaps the most exciting, the Middle Eastern hospitality sector is keenly awaiting the debut of the St. Regis Dubai, the Palm, which is slated to open later this year.
Owned by Dubai Nakheel, the hotel will be part of the Palm Tower, a 52-story mixed-use luxury development and the centrepiece of Dubai’s world-famous, award-winning Palm Jumeirah.
“We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Nakheel as we introduce the St. Regis brand and its exceptional bespoke hospitality to this landmark destination in Dubai,” said a Marriott spokesman.
“This signing underlines the strong demand for high-end hotel accommodation in the UAE and makes Dubai the first city in the world to boast three St. Regis hotels.”
The St. Regis Dubai, the Palm will offer 289 guest rooms and suites, spanning the first 18 floors of Palm Tower, while the upper floors will comprise 504 luxury apartments.
The hotel will feature two swimming pools, including one of the world’s highest infinity pools which will be located on the 50th floor, some 210 meters above ground and bordering all four sides of the building for a 360-degree view of the Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline.
Set to become one of the most desirable addresses on the Palm, the hotel will also offer distinct dining experiences, including a signature restaurant with sweeping city views on the 51st floor and an all-day restaurant.
Nakheel chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said: “Palm Jumeirah is a global destination offering the ultimate in luxury living and leisure.
“The Palm Tower will be the jewel in the crown of this world-famous island and a new architectural wonder for Dubai.
“We are delighted that St. Regis, another name synonymous with luxury, is to manage our flagship hotel, which is set to become one of the most sought-after establishments in the region.”
Guests at the St. Regis Dubai, the Palm will get to experience renowned hallmarks of the St. Regis brand such as the signature St. Regis Butler Service that provides anticipatory service and customises each stay according to specific tastes and preferences.
At the same time, Hyatt Hotels recently entered into a management agreement with wasl Asset Management Group for the development of an Andaz branded hotel on the Palm Jumeirah.
Occupying prime real estate on the world-famous man-made island, Andaz Dubai the Palm is slated to open in the last quarter of the year.
It will become the first Andaz branded hotel in Dubai and the second Andaz hotel in the United Arab Emirates, joining Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi.
Created for the inquisitive-minded traveller, the hotel will offer an inspired local experience and stimulate guests’ senses through the city’s rich culture, heritage and attractions.
The property will provide exclusive beachfront admission and easy access to several of Dubai’s key landmarks including the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, Marina Mall, Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Marina.
Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, chief executive of wasl Asset Management Group, commented: “Andaz Dubai The Palm will provide a standout hospitality experience for guests amid a location famous for luxury and exclusivity.
“Due for completion ahead of the EXPO 2020, this new venture with Hyatt will further enriches our portfolio and fosters the provision of exemplary hospitality experiences to Dubai’s growing tourism market.”
The hotel will feature twin 15-story towers inclusive of 217 guestrooms and 116 serviced apartments, each capturing a bespoke design influenced by the colours of Arabia.
To add to the area’s thriving culinary scene, the hotel will offer four vibrant restaurants as well as a fitness centre, spa and meeting facilities.
“Hyatt is committed to thoughtfully introducing brands to new places and providing meaningful experiences for each and every guest,” said Ludwig Bouldoukian, Hyatt’s Dubai-based regional vice president of development, Middle East and North Africa.
“We’re excited to introduce the Andaz brand to Dubai and believe that the globally renowned Palm Jumeirah provides the ideal setting to realize this vision.
“The vibrant luxury property will attract travellers looking to fully immerse themselves in Dubai and engage them through unique programming.”
At the base of the Palm, Dorchester Collection has stepped in to manage One Palm Jumeirah on behalf of developers Omniyat Group.
The move makes the location the first residential development in the Middle East to be managed by the hospitality brand.
It is part of a wider partnership between Dorchester and Omniyat that will see the first hotel from the former open in Dubai in late 2020.
Mahdi Amjad, executive chairman of Omniyat, said: “This partnership with Dorchester Collection has been a monumental milestone for Omniyat.
“Our curated partnership with world renowned designers and architects will showcase a signature experience that combines great hospitality with exceptional design in Dubai’s most prestigious address on the banks of Dubai Canal.”
The Dubai property will join those from Dorchester Collection in London, Rome, Beverly Hills and Paris.
Christopher Cowdray, chief executive of Dorchester Collection, added: “We are delighted with the construction progress of our first hotel in the United Arab Emirates.
“We look forward to welcoming it to our collection of landmark hotels and bringing Dorchester Collection’s world-famous standards of hospitality, care and attention to detail to guests from across the region and beyond.”
One Palm Jumeirah offers 90 apartments, including three-, four- and five-bedroom residences, each with great views of the Dubai Marina skyline, Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf.
The penthouse recently sold for nearly US$30, but there are still spots available if you move fast.
One Palm is designed by New York architects SOMA.
Owners able to choose their interior from two design companies — either Japanese firm Super Potato, or London-based design studio Elicyon.
Finally, the venerable Atlantis, the Palm, where it all started, will add a new development to its location in the coming months.
The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, a new generation of distinctive luxury resort and residential apartments located on the crescent of the Palm in Dubai, is expected to open towards the end of the year.
Latest details from the project suggest planners have introduced a record number of pools in one development.
Its 90 swimming pools provide a much-coveted microclimate throughout the building, courtesy of master architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, as well offering an enviable number of places to lounge and cool off at for residents and guests alike.
The coveted property also features an enviable Sky Pool elevated at 90-metres as well as jaw-dropping water fountains and aqua features throughout.
Debuting as Dubai’s first ‘super prime’ residences, the Royal Atlantis will offer 231 luxury apartments with interiors by Sybille de Margerie, comprised of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom residences ranging from 1,400 to 17,000 square feet when it opens.
Additionally, the property will feature 795 hotel rooms and suites.
Located on the crescent of the Palm next to the iconic Atlantis, the Palm resort - considered the Middle East’s Leading Resort by voters at the World Travel Awards - this new generation of residential luxury offers a sophisticated lifestyle experience encapsulated in dramatic architecture.
Situated on the 22nd floor, is the Sky Pool, the jewel in the crown of the development’s collection of 90 swimming pools.
The 90-metre-high infinity pool will include lounging areas, a DJ booth, private cabanas, bars and restaurants.
The space itself has been meticulously designed, featuring unique architectural elements to help the space transition from a relaxing day-time destination to a sophisticated nightlife spot that will redefine entertainment in Dubai.
In addition to the exquisite sky pool, residents of The Royal Atlantis will have access to the premier residence pool situated at beach level aside the property, with its own private beachfront overlooking the water.
Maria Morris, partner and head of residential at Knight Frank Middle East – the exclusive global sales agent, said: “The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences is the first development of its kind.
“Once finished, it will take luxury living to the next level and being home to 90 swimming pools is just one example of how this development will be different to any other super prime project globally.”
At the pinnacle of residential sophistication are the Royal Atlantis Penthouses.
With spectacular views of both the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline, these are some of the most sought-after homes in the city; two of the three penthouses have already sold.
These super prime world-class living spaces provide the ultimate in luxury living, ideal for relaxing or entertaining to the backdrop of the Dubai city skyline.
We recently caught up with Timothy Kelly, managing director, Atlantis the Palm, to discover more about the upcoming Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences. Take a look at what he had to say below:
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