Aspiring Arabic Architecture
Dubai Thursday, January 01, 2015
Located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island shaped in the form of a palm tree, Fairmont The Palm offers a unique destination in the heart of the prestigious landmark, infused with Arabic design touches set against a contemporary architecture.
In close proximity to Dubai International Airport, the resort is ideally located next to key business districts, including Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Knowledge Village as well as some of the city’s major landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, offering some of the region’s best shopping experience.
Flanked by two residential towers and adjacent to a soon-to-be debuted shopping boulevard, filled with restaurants, upscale boutiques and luxury shops called the Golden Mile, Fairmont The Palm is centrally situated for guests seeking short distance leisure activities, dining and exploration in and around the neighbourhood. The resort is also minutes away from the Dubai Marina, lauded for its café style restaurants and al fresco dining alongside the Jumeirah Walk and public beach.
Clive Ford, Chief Engineer from DSA Architects International, was charged with the task of developing a landmark destination on the Palm Jumeirah that would match the prestige and the prominence of the archipelago. This was achieved through a contemporary design brushed with Arabic influences, incorporating the natural elements of sun, sea and sand, given the colour palate of beige, ecru, tan and light hues and natural building materials of granite and marble.
Inspired by traditional Arabic architecture, authentic design elements are incorporated throughout the property, including mashrabiya screens (projecting oriel windows enclosed with carved wood) described in legends as mystical symbols of Arabia. Over 100 mashrabiya motifs are reflected throughout the resort. Rich, elaborate fabrics have also been used decoratively throughout the resort, lavishly covering over 23,680 linear metres.
The journey begins at the moment of arrival in the lobby, as guests experience unfettered views of the Arabian Gulf through a ceiling high window. The contrast of the desert oasis against the aquamarine of the sea creates a harmonious atmosphere of tranquility and opulence.
All restaurants offer guests a unique dining experience in exquisite settings. BāRestaurant & Lounge,apan Chinese restaurant, taking its name from the Chinese number 8, is considered to be lucky in East Asian lore and mythology and covers two stories, comprising of a lounge and a signature restaurant. Cloud shaped designs, which represent luck, are repeated in a pattern across the ceiling, reflecting the well known Chinese cultural symbol for never ending fortune. The Cigar Room offers elegantly chic surroundings highlighted by dark and rich leather furnishings, mahogany lined flooring, a flame lit back wall and walk-in humidor. Frevo, a Brazilian Churrascaria experience, is ideally suited for large gatherings and an outdoor terrace offers a spacious area for celebrations, while Seagrill on 25° Restaurant & Lounge embraces a prime position overlooking the Arabian sea for relaxing with shisha. The MashrabiyaLounge, set against the backdrop of contemporary arabesque design, features extensive al fresco terraces for enjoying afull range of delectable offerings, including an award winning Afternoon Tea program. Flow Kitchen, an international restaurant serving family style cuisine from the Middle East, India, the Mediterranean and Asia, offers a private dining area for up to 30 guests and an outdoor terrace to take in the sea views. The restaurant also features a Dubai first – BreakSlow, the leisurely breakfast brunch - available every Friday from 11am – 3:00pm.
All dining facilities boast a range of spectacular views, from the Arabian Sea to the resort gardens covering over 13,000 square metres, as well as four outdoor swimming pools and a private beach, spanning a length of 450 metres.
Many of the guestrooms and suites also offer sweeping sea views, and are outfitted with a spacious balcony, varying in size from 8 to 13 square metres, perfect for entertaining small intimate gatherings or simply taking in the views. With a colour palette inspired by nature, the interior décor incorporates the shimmering crystal waters of the sea, reflecting the beauty of the Arabian Sea sunrise and sunset in the carpets and soft furnishings. Arabic design elements feature throughout, from the light fixtures to the intricate designs inlayed in the wooden headboards. Many of the guest rooms can be connected for added exclusivity, with an additional exterior door and foyer area. All are equipped with a technologically advanced interactive television system and bespoke amenities.
Designed to fulfill the needs of the leisure traveler and discerning business executive, the Fairmont Gold lounge provides an exclusive lifestyle offering. This product provides warm and personalized service with amenities such as a private check in area, an exclusive lounge, breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, evening drinks and hors-d’oeuvres, and complimentary high-speed and wireless Internet. Spanning over two floors, guests are pampered with dedicated attention and seamless service that is only found in the most elite boutique hotels around the world.
Natural design elements are also incorporated in the Willow Stream Spa facilities. Features such as a water wall and authentic Arabic architectural touches, allows for a nurturing environment that creates a vibrant and sophisticated sanctuary for guests. Taking a contemporary approach to traditional facilities, the spa facility covers over 1,600 square metres (17,200 square feet). The dedicated space includes 13 treatment rooms, boasting separate massage, facial and treatment rooms. Separate male and female relaxation areas allow for private lounging experiences, offering indoor and outdoor spaces, overlooking the water and beach front for pre/post relaxation.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.
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