WS Atkins and Partners, Jeffrey Wilkes design Mandarin Oriental, Dubai

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage a luxurious urban resort in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The property is currently under development and is due to open in 2017. Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will be located on Jumeirah Beach Road, with direct access to the sands of Jumeirah Beach.

The resort’s 200 rooms and suites will include 12 over-the-water villas, accessible via a private bridge. Each villa will have its own infinity edge pool and a private swim platform, allowing for direct access into the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

All accommodations will take advantage of the resort’s vistas of the Arabian Gulf. Design elements will be influenced by the local area’s culture and the group’s oriental heritage. All rooms, villas and suites will also incorporate the group’s guest-centered technology and entertainment systems.


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Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will be centered around a variety of infinity edged pools leading down towards the beachfront. The design will blur the line between interior and exterior spaces with the extensive use of glass walls, cabanas and exterior landscaping.

The property will have nine restaurants and bars, including a pier-top restaurant with dedicated docking facilities, allowing for access by private yacht guests. Further dining venues include a poolside restaurant, two bars including a sunset pier bar, a lobby lounge and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop.

The resort will also offer a variety of multi-purpose function rooms, including a 5,651-square-foot ballroom with glass walls opening onto a landscaped beachfront terrace.

An all-inclusive Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer a range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments. The 30,139-square-foot spa will have 12 treatment rooms, including three couples’ suites and a private VIP suite with its own entrance and thermal experiences. Further facilities include heat and water therapies, a vitality pool, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a fitness center. In addition, a dedicated Beach Club on Jumeirah Beach will be available.

The project is owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC) and developed by wasl Hospitality. Jeffrey Wilkes was the appointed interior designer. Also involved in the project developments are: WS Atkins and Partners and DHD Architecture and Design.

Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will be located on Jumeirah Beach Road, which has a variety of retail and al fresco dining outlets and high-end residences. The hotel will be near the city’s two airports, being 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport and 45 minutes from Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport.