Starting December 1, 2016, Dubai’s coastline will get an upgrade with the opening of Jumeirah Al Naseem, the ‘resort within a resort’ at Madinat Jumeirah Resort. The fourth and final phase of the ‘the Arabian Resort of Dubai’ marks the completion of the Jumeirah Group’s two kilometer transformation of Dubai’s coast. The nearly 20 year project began back in 1997 with the opening of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and has continued through the years with the development of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah.
The décor of Al Naseem, which is Arabic for sea breeze, reflects the resort’s beachfront location. The 430 rooms have interior design inspired by the sea and sand, as well as Dubai’s pearl diving culture and Bedouin traditions. Balconies and extended terraces offer views of the sea, landscaped gardens and swimming pools, as well as another Jumeirah property, Burj Arab Jumeirah. Guest bathrooms were designed with open floor plans and have large sliding doors for privacy, as well as large walk in showers inspired by Arabic hammams.
Highlights of the new property include a secluded adults-only pool, complete with rooms that offer direct pool access; seven restaurants and bars, all connected via an Arabian Explorer theme; four additional restaurants opened by outside restauranteurs; and 43 suites, including 12 family suites, 28 ocean suites, two presidential suites and a 500-square-meter Royal Suite.
The resort’s restaurants and bars, including the rooftop bar Ambar; seafood restaurant Rockfish; The Palmery buffet restaurant; the adult only island bar Sugarmash; the poolside, beach club dining at Summersalt; and the hotel’s lounge, Al Mandhar, located in the lobby, will be open when guests arrive after December 1. The ‘outside’ restaurants, including New York’s Black Tap, Tuscany’s Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai, Japan’s Katsuya and Dubai’s Flamingos by Tasha’s, will all be opening in the weeks following.
Animal lovers won’t want to miss the hotel’s 150 meter outdoor lagoon, designed to help rehabilitate endangered sea turtles. Starting early 2017, guests will be able to participate in turtle feeding sessions and learn about the native fish from the lagoon’s discovery trail. The lagoon is presented through a partnership with the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project and the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office.