By Andy Sambidge
New look rooms are equipped with iPad to control services; part of major refurbishment set for completion next year
Kempinski Hotel Mall of The Emirates will unveil 118 new look rooms in early November as part of the hotel's refurbishment programme which is due to be completed by the end of next year.
The hotel, attached to Dubai's Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai, said contemporary design has been mixed with Arabic touches, paying homage to the region.
In line with the hotel's focus on smart technology, gadgets have been made a key feature of the refurbished rooms.
Each guestroom is equipped with an iPad, allowing guests to be one click away from controlling their television, ordering room service, making a restaurant reservation, booking a spa treatment and accessing Mall of the Emirates information.
Future plans will even see the iPads being able to control the room's curtains, AC and lights, a statement said.
"We are really excited to show our new rooms to our guests and get the first feedback on our fresh look and innovative technology," said Konstantin Zeuke, general manager of Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.
"Even though the hotel is only eight years old, we are lucky to be able to propose a fresh room design for our guests with the latest technology and artistic designs.
"We made sure to support local Emirati talents when choosing the art in the rooms and each piece has been picked carefully to show the best from the region with styles ranging from dramatic to joyful art."
The room enhancement completes the third phase of the refurbishment programme, which started in 2012 with the revamp of the hotel's lobby lounge, Aspen by Kempinski.
The hotel has since modernised the lobby and doubled the size of the driveway, while also opening the Spanish restaurant Salero Tapas & Bodega and partnering with Vindemia to open the Fann-A-Porter art gallery.
Fit out and construction services company ISG in April said it had secured a contract for the refurbishment of Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Hotel in Dubai in a deal worth around £21 million ($35 million).
The project encompasses the upgrading of all 393 guest rooms, suites and chalets, as well as meeting rooms, gym and spa facilities. It also includes the refurbishment of the external façade of the building.
The refurbishment of Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Hotel, announced last year by owner Majid Al Futtaim, is set to be completed by the end of 2015.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.