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First Sharia-compliant hotel to open on Dubai's Palm Jumeriah

Four-star property on East Crescent to open in 2016 after a $132m investment

First Sharia-compliant hotel to open on Dubai's Palm Jumeriah
A rendering of the planned R Hotels property on Palm Jumeirah.

R Hotels is to develop the first sharia-compliant, four-star resort and spa on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, with the company targeting a Q4 2016 opening following AED500 million ($136.2 million) of investment.

Located on the East Crescent of the man-made island, the hotel will be the sixth property for R Hotels, the hospitality management division of R Holding. No operator has been confirmed yet, although a spokesperson told Hotelier Middle East that it will be an international hotel brand.

Aimed at leisure travellers, it will feature 259 rooms and modern recreational facilities, including a spa for men and women, gym, and swimming pool, and R Hotels is planning to also offer wellbeing treatments, plus fitness and nutrition programs.

Other features will include an all-day dining restaurant and poolside bar, as well as a sauna and steam bath. Amenities and activities exclusively for children will include a fully-supervised indoor and outdoor play area, and special kids’ entertainment.

“The group furthers its presence in the UAE hospitality scene as we continue to expand our portfolio,” said R Hotels managing director Sumair Tariq.

“We have exciting projects in the pipeline with two new hotel openings within the next two years, which confirms the strong demands in the market.

“We take pride in our sharia-compliant properties in the UAE and we aim to make a mark in the hospitality industry by capitalising on strategic locations, particularly in Dubai. Our present and upcoming properties are aimed at diverse markets and segments, and we are positive that our new property will be a welcome addition to The Palm.”

Ajmam-based R Hotels is currently developing a hotel on Al Mina Road in Jumeirah, expected to open in the second quarter of 2015. The two hotels now under development are part of the group’s AED1.5 billion (US $408.7 million) investment plan announced last year.

The currently owns and manages four properties in the UAE: Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman, Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman, Ramada Downtown Dubai, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Jumeirah Beach Residence.

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ryan 5 years ago

First Sharia compliant hotel in Dubai? uhm sounds illogical that puzzled me because coincidentally there's first sharia compliant hotel in London,UK that had been bought by a middle eastern investor which is a non-Muslim country therefore how come this establishment is the first sharia compliant hotel in the said location( Dubai ) where its culture is more on religion ( Islam ) or in other words, a muslim city?

Muhammad 5 years ago

What is sharia compliant? Can someone explain? They will not sell wine? They make room according to Islamic rules, like making bathroom sitting is not in front of qibla rukh. No discotec. No ladies without hjab. What Islamic rules they gona follow? I need to know and if Arabian business can call and ask them and explain it here would be appreciated.

Muhammad 5 years ago

It is very logical to made a sharia compliant hotel in Dubai since Dubai is a Muslim country. They can follow all the rules like, no dicotec, no wines, totally halal food, building structure is made according to Islamic rules, like no qibla rukh bathroom seats and bedroom bed, no girls allowed without hijab, no television and no photos for living mankind and no other activities which can hurt the sentiments and rules of Islam

Shaista Ahmed 5 years ago

Assalaam Alaikum
Yes, even I am confused - Sharia compliant and a Bar??
Can somebody throw more light please; maybe I am mistaken.

Alex T 5 years ago

Probably a juice bar or something or that sort

PSFR 5 years ago

In my humble opinion a Sharia compliant Hotel will have to be approved by Religious Scholars for the way Business is Conducted. May be the Amenities Like swimming pool etc will be segregated. I think it will target families then business travelers.