New Dubai hotel to include its own rainforest
By Shoshana Kedem New details of plans for a beguiling tropical rainforest in the middle of the desert, where guests can enjoy a ‘cool, natural experience’, have been revealed.
The $2 billion (Dhs5.4 billion) Rosemont Hotel will not just be a major attraction but a technical breakthrough, “a next generation hotel of the future”, architects say.
It’s twin skyscraper towers will have a lush, green rainforest sanctuary, roaming mechanical dinosaurs, robot hosts, artificial rains and an infinity pool suspended in the sky, the project’s ZAS Architects told 7DAYS.
Guests will walk through the lobby into a thick canopy of indigenous trees and shrubs, imported from the amazon, DJ Armin, Managing Partner at the firm, said.
“It will have canopies of trees and shrubs throughout, so you will barely see the sky or the sun, although you’ll have a ray of the sun coming in from the sky,” he added.
Cooling mists will keep guests refreshed and shaded from the searing sun in the 75,000sqft, open-air jungle, located in Barsha Heights.
“We will have artificial rains there, mist coming out of the trees to cool down the air, which is collected from recycled water from the towers,” said Armin.
The rainforest concept aims to create an outdoor environment that can be used all year round, along with a 40,000sqft indoor beach, Armin explains. Armin added: “That’s the whole idea during the summer, to create an environment which is at least five degrees cooler than outdoors, that people can use during the hot summers here.
“It will have a rainforest café, seating area, trails, lazy stream, and a splash pool for the kids.”
All manner of dinosaurs such as the ferocious tyrannosaurus rex will roam the rainforest, with the possibility of offering kids the chance of a ride, he added. The firm is looking at a number of animatronic technologies but Armin said a decision won’t be made until closer to the opening in 2018.
As guests roll up at the front entrance, they will be greeted by four-dimensional forest scenes and starry nights projected on a screen next to a digital waterfall.
“You’ll have different images at different times will be projected from the ceiling,” said Armin. “One night you will have sharks moving, another night you will have a replica of the rainforest, one night you will have a cosmic ceiling with the stars.”
As guests walk into the lobby they will be greeted by a robot host while their luggage is spirited away by a robotic arm, he added.
“You’ll take a shuttle high-speed elevator to the mid-level of the tower to the Sky check-in,” with panoramic views of the city and the hotel’s edgeless pool,” said Armin.
Construction of the project started in February and is expected to be completed in April 2018.
TROPICAL: How the rainforest will look and (far left) an impression of the towers and (left) the entrance