Dubai is known for its luxury lifestyle. In just 46 years the city has evolved from
a small trading post to a sprawling modern metropolis with some of the most recognizable
landmarks in the world. The Al Habtoor Group has been instrumental in the city’s
development. The UAE conglomerate built many of Dubai’s famous buildings, including the
iconic Burj Al Arab. Its hospitality portfolio consists of 14 world-class hotels in Europe, the
Middle East and the United States. One of its latest projects in Dubai is Al Habtoor City.
Joanna Andrews takes us on a tour.
Al Habtoor City, the brainchildren of Al Habtoor Group Founding Chairman, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, is located in heart of Dubai – a city renowned for ultimate luxury. The sprawling urban resort consists of three luxury collections: The Hotel Collection, The Residence Collection and The Leisure Collection, which includes a state-of-the-art aqua theatre rivalling live entertainment in Las Vegas and Macau. Al Habtoor City has the added benefit of being directly on the new Dubai Water Canal, a 3-km long waterway linking old Dubai to
the Arabian Gulf.
Khalaf Al Habtoor said, “Al Habtoor City is unlike anywhere else. You cannot find anything like it in any city in the world. It incorporates everything a guest could dream off including an array of widely different hotels, luxury residences and world-class entertainment.”
The complex incorporates three five-star hotels managed by Marriott International – the world’s largest hotel chain.
The St. Regis Dubai
This hotel extends the legacy of the famous Astor family to Dubai. It epitomises luxury with its beaux-art architecture and bespoke butler service. The St. Regis Dubai has 234 rooms, which includes 182 rooms and 52 suites, and is complemented by eight distinctive culinary venues and the Iridium Spa for visitors who want a temporary escape from the bustling city.
The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City
The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City is largest Westin hotel in the region with more than 1,000 stylish rooms. The 41-storey structure stands tall on the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road. The refined interior is influenced by the Art Deco movement. Guests have six delicious restaurant choices offering an array of cuisines from around the world. For those wanting to experience ultimate relaxation the Heavenly Spa by Westin boasts 20 treatments rooms, a hammam and a yoga studio.
W Dubai – Al Habtoor City
For guests wanting to turn up the heat, the W Dubai – Al Habtoor City is the place to be. It’s known as the place where style visionaries and culture connoisseurs converge to redefine what’s new on the global stage. The hotel boasts 356 uber-stylish guest rooms and suites. Guests check in on the 30th floor where they are met with the best panoramic views of Dubai’s famous skyline.
Restaurants & Bars
Al Habtoor City’s Leisure Collection includes plenty of restaurant choices for guests, residents of Dubai and visitors alike. They can select from a variety of F&B options from within the hotels themselves including trendsetting choices like Cook Hall, a restaurant reminiscent of a Brooklyn snooker hall – albeit an upmarket one. Il Capo, an Italian restaurant, has a massive wood-fire taking pride of place. J&G Steakhouse is styled after a North American hunting lodge featuring high-backed leather couches, heavy drapes and sizeable steaks, including its famous Tomahawk steak. Brasserie Quartier, favoured by Dubai chic socialites, offers provincial French fare in an elegant dining room setting. Namu, which boasts stunning views of Dubai from the W hotel, is edgier than your average sushi joint, offering Japanese and Korean dishes in a futuristic setting.
Nestled between the W and The St. Regis Dubai is The Atrium, the dining and entertainment epicentre of Al Habtoor City. There is a selection of restaurants spread over five floors which incorporates both global and home-grown concepts including Blind Dragon, an exclusive Asian-inspired lounge with private Karaoke suites. ZoCo, a vibrant Mexican restaurant provides customers with a taste of Latin America serving reimagined classic dishes alongside Latino distillations. The Rose & Crown is a quintessentially British pub offering guests comfort and charm. Visitors can wallow the afternoon away with a play a game of darts or pool. A famous red English telephone box outside the pub gives it an authentic touch. The City Grill is ready to fulfil guest’s carnivorous cravings, offering the richest ‘South African’ dining experience with a modern twist. And for those who want to dance the night away Boa is the place to be. Boa boasts a Lounge, Terrace and Club providing a spectacular nightlife experience with some of the dance scenes top-rated DJs. Located on the 33rd floor of the W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, The Boa Terrace provides visitors with enviable views out into the Arabian Gulf.
La Perle by Dragone
The Al Habtoor Group recently opened La Perle, the region’s first permanent Las Vegas-style aqua show in a purpose-built theatre located within Al Habtoor City. The show is produced by one of the world’s most renowned artistic director, Franco Dragone. La Perle sees artists from 65 countries perform death-defying feats in a high-tech aqua theatre. The world-class entertainment has wowed visitors on a daily basis a spectacular 90-minute, jaw-dropping show.
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor said, “La Perle brings a new era of entertainment to Dubai. Since opening, it has been a resounding success. It offers something truly unique to Dubai and the entire region.”
The Residence Collection
Alongside the world-class hotels is The Residence Collection. Housed within two 74-storey towers and one 52-storey tower, these stylish apartments include 12 penthouses, three of which are VVIP penthouses. The luxury Art Deco homes, with arguably the best views of Dubai – overlooking the Arabian Gulf and desert landscape – enjoy the very best of facilities right on their doorstep. Residents have access to unparalleled amenities including lap pools, gyms, spas and a state-of-the-art Tennis Academy, plus they have the added advantage of being directly on the Dubai Water Canal.
Al Habtoor City offers it all, no matter what your taste. It caters to everyone, and showcases the very best of what Dubai has to offer.