New Dubai ho­tel to in­clude its own rain­for­est

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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

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