The final chapter of the multi-award winning Madinat Jumeirah – ‘the Arabian Resort of Dubai’ – also marks the completion of Jumeirah Group’s transformation of two kilometres of coastline into a major tourist destination. This process began in 1997 with the opening of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and continued with the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah.
Richard Alexander, General Manager, Jumeirah Al Naseem, said: “The last year has been a fascinating journey of planning and preparation for the opening of Jumeirah Al Naseem. In being given the challenge of writing the final chapter in the story of Madinat Jumeirah, we didn’t just want to create a 430-room beachfront hotel – we wanted to bring a wave of vibrancy that matches the energy of Dubai.
What makes Jumeirah Al Naseem different?
Arabic for ‘sea breeze’, the name ‘Al Naseem’ reflects both the unrivalled beach location of the hotel and the unique design of the guest rooms and hotel features, which evokes a sense of calm and relaxation. The interior décor of the 430 rooms is inspired by sea breeze, sand dunes, Dubai’s pearl diving heritage and Bedouin traditions.
The large open plan bathrooms have large sliding doors for privacy and spacious walk in showers inspired by Arabic hammams. The balconies and extended terraces offer spectacular views of the sea, the resort’s landscaped gardens and swimming pools, and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Rooms with extended terraces enable guests to relax outside and in the summer months the doors can be closed to create an extended living space. The hotel is located so close to the water that the sounds of the sea reach guest rooms, open terraces and outdoor restaurants.
A number of standout features include:
• A secluded adult only pool surrounded by rooms with direct pool access
• Purpose built turtle lagoon for rehabilitating critically endangered turtles
• 43 suites comprising 12 Family Suites, 28 Ocean Suites, two Presidential Suites and one 500 square metre Royal Suite
• Seven restaurants and bars linked by the Arabian Explorer theme
• A further four restaurants have been given to third-party partners and surround the turtle lagoon, creating a mini-social hub within the hotel’s grounds: New York favourite Black Tap, which offers artisan burgers and shakes; Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai, the first outpost of Il Borro in Tuscany, which is an estate owned by the Ferragamo family; the Philippe Starck-designed Japanese Katsuya and the popular Dubai-grown brand Flamingos by Tasha’s. The restaurants will open over the coming weeks.
Discover the Dubai of Today – Al Bait Baitak
Every aspect to Jumeirah Al Naseem tells a story – from the Arabic phrase, ‘Al Bait Baitak,’ regularly used by Emiratis as a welcome, (it translates to ‘make yourself at home’ or ‘this house is your house’) to the local artwork and incorporation of home-grown brands. Step inside, admire the light, airy lobby, its modern Arabian design and Emirati artworks on display. The hotel entrance features the stunning sculpture of a caravan of camels running on water made of polished stainless steel by Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej. His other artwork featured around the hotel also includes a polished stainless steel sculpture of a poem written in Arabic calligraphy by Dubai’s ruler H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which is displayed behind the reception desk.
Specially commissioned abayas created by Dubai brand Slouchy’z will be worn by the hotel’s Emirati female colleagues and guests will find chocolates created by home grown Dubai brand Mirzam and Omani cosmetics in their bathrooms by luxurious brand Amouage. Plans are in place to regularly delight both overnight and day guests with experiences that bring features of contemporary Dubai into the hotel, with a prevalent ‘discovery’ theme.
The hotel is the first to feature a 150 metre outdoor lagoon for rehabilitating critically endangered sea turtles. The custom-designed turtle lagoon houses the turtles prior to their return to the wild. From early 2017, guests will be able to participate in turtle feeding sessions and learn about the native fish from the lagoon’s discovery trail. This is the result of continued work between Jumeirah and the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project – which has been running since 2004 in collaboration with the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office.