At­ten­tion, stay­ca­tion lovers: Dozens of ho­tels are set to launch this year, bring­ing with them world-class ar­chi­tec­ture, restau­rants and hos­pi­tal­ity. Shreeja Ravin­dranathan shares a sneak peek

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From her­itage and op­u­lent to prac­ti­cal and con­tem­po­rary, UAE’s hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try is go­ing to have dozens of new ad­dresses this year. We offer a sneak-peek.


Down­town Dubai’s sky­line is set to wel­come a new ar­chi­tec­tural icon when the city’s first ME by Melia ho­tel – Melia’s trendy life­style brand – opens in Septem­ber 2018. The ho­tel is part of the fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing The Opus, Om­niyat’s mixed-use de­vel­op­ment project de­signed by the late ar­chi­tect Zaha Hadid. It is the only ho­tel project where Hadid per­son­ally de­signed the in­te­ri­ors and ex­te­ri­ors and selected the fur­ni­ture. If the renderings are any­thing to go by, the light-filled, 93-room ho­tel will fea­ture the Bri­tish-Iraqi ar­chi­tect’s sig­na­ture curvi­lin­ear de­signs; we’re cu­ri­ous to see how the trail­blaz­ing ar­chi­tect’s play on the con­cepts of opac­ity and trans­parency, which gave The Opus its carved cen­tral void, ex­tends to the ho­tel’s in­te­ri­ors.

ME Dubai willl have 93 rooms and suites across 19 floors, an ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous ‘Suite ME’ and 98 ser­viced apart­ments – both ho­tel guests and res­i­dents can avail of the per­son­alised Aura ser­vice. The ho­tel will have 15 restau­rants, in­clud­ing con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese restau­rant ROKA, cre­ated by Zuma’s founder Rainer Beck. The Opus also in­cludes com­mer­cial space, F&B out­lets and night­clubs that are sep­a­rate from the ho­tel.

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