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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).

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