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THE NEWLY OPENED Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai has brought 18th Century Europe to the Gulf with its opulent crystal chandeliers, ornate carpets and 24 carat gold-plated ceilings. But beyond the dazzling classical designs are plenty of contemporary F&B and leisure touches.
This is a hotel which, through its scale and multi-million dollar investment, puts many five stars in the shade and gives Kempinski room to court new concepts – supported by the 277-unit residence next door.
Novel plans include hosting classical music concerts in the Blüthner Hall lobby lounge (themed with afternoon teas) and the headline MICE-come-leisure attraction is an 80-seat private cinema with reclining leather seats. French links are being explored with The Louvre Abu Dhabi.
There are 391 rooms (all Ocean or Palm views) and eight villas. Unusually, the ground floor has 24 mezzanine suites, with elaborate staircases up to the bedroom.
Managing Director Sébastien Mariette said it will be one of the landmarks in Dubai and Kempinski’s portfolio “but now it’s on my shoulders to make sure the quality of service matches the quality of architecture.”
The Grand Salon Maximilian ballroom, which has a 200sqm terrace, can host up to 440 guests theatre style and three meeting rooms are available, the largest of which can hold 25 people. The Grand Lawn can hold up to 2,800 for cocktails.
The F&B highlight is Mix by Alain Ducasse, on Level six, which combines classical and modern influences. It contains seven bars (up to 15 signature cocktails with table interaction) and five kitchens. It’s large enough for 400 seating and 1,900 standing and its uppermost chef ’s table, in the dome, will serve the best Michelin-grade dishes.
Ducasse will officially open the restaurant on December 15, his first Middle East outlet, and a pastry shop is planned in the new year.
Other venues include Le Jardin (all day dining), Villamore (external, Mediterranean), Matagi ( Japanese steakhouse with sushi counter), All’onda (Italian), ‘boho chic’ Skorpeus bar and Sablanc (pool/beachfront drinks).