Ritz-Carlton has reopened Dubai International Financial Centre in the financial center of the United Arab Emirates.
With interior design by HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates and Gensler as the architect, the luxury hotel rises 14 stories high and features 341 guest rooms and suites and 124 serviced apartments.
Built in traditional limestone, the Ritz-Carlton is surrounded by landscaped gardens, including a sunken courtyard garden. Featuring water features, shaded terraces and a 10-story water wall to minimize the impact of noise from the street, the garden also serves to lessen the impact of the summer heat.
Inside, a 1,400-square-meter ballroom with rooftop terrace access and eight additional function rooms and a health club, spa and indoor swimming pool complement multiple signature restaurants and bars and retail accommodations including a retail arcade connecting to The Gate, also designed by Gensler.
Internal and external lighting includes a custom-designed chandelier in the colonnade and natural light floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel. From within their suite, guests can enjoy the modern design inspired by art deco touches.
For privacy and security, the main entrance of the hotel is set back from the street for controlled acccess. Guests of serviced apartments also have a separate entrance, linked to the main building through a full-height atrium.