By Parinaaz Navdar
Luxury operator to manage 212-key resort on Jumeirah Beach
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has confirmed that it will manage a luxury resort in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach area when it opens in 2017, as originally reported by Hotelier Middle East earlier this year.
The resort, which is currently under development and will mark the group's debut in the Middle East, will feature 200 rooms and suites and 12 over-water villas accessible via a private beach, and with its own infinity pool.
The project is owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation and is being developed by Wasl Hospitality, with Jeffrey Wilkes appointed as the interior designer.
All rooms, villas and suites will feature design elements influenced by the local culture, and will incorporate guest-centred technology and entertainment systems.
Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will include nine restaurants and bars, including a signature pier-top restaurant with docking facilities for private yachts.
Other food and beverage concepts will include a poolside restaurant, two bars including one on the pier, a lobby lounge, and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The resort will also offer several function rooms, including a 525 square metre ballroom which opens up onto a landscaped beachfront terrace.
A 2,800 square metre all inclusive spa will feature 12 treatment rooms, including three couples’ suites, and a private VIP suite. Additionally, a beach club will provide a range of water sports activities.
Mandarin Oriental group chief executive Edouard Ettedgui said: “We are delighted to bring Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Dubai, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and we look forward to creating a luxurious urban resort on the desirable location of Jumeirah Beach. The exclusive and creative design and all-encompassing luxury facilities of Mandarin Oriental, Dubai, underpinned by our legendary award-winning service, will provide an outstanding destination for future guests.”
Wasl Asset Management Group CEO Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim added: “We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create a hotel that will set new standards in terms of elegance and sophistication in Dubai.
"It is vital that the hospitality market in Dubai grows in the build up to Expo 2020 and Wasl is delighted to add Mandarin Oriental, Dubai to its ever increasing portfolio of hospitality projects across the city.”
When it opens, Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will join other luxury hotels and resorts on Jumeirah Beach, including the Four Seasons Dubai, which is due to open by the end of the year, Madinat Jumeirah, which is currently undergoing an AED2.5 billion ($680 million) expansion, and the iconic Burj Al Arab.