The Middle East

Dubai Dreams in the Sand

written by | Posted on August 1st, 2009

Dubailand is a $63 billion, 3 billion-sq.-ft. entertainment, hospitality and amusement complex that recreates five Arab cities (Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus and Marrakech) around the first Tiger Woods-designed, 18-hole golf course. Possibly the most ambitious tourism project anywhere, ever, this one is designed to position Dubai at the forefront of family tourism.

The world’s first Armani Hotel is expected to open at the Burj Dubai. Besides an observation deck on the 124th floor it will have 160 rooms and 144 residences all designed by the Maestro of men’s fashions.

The Fairmont Dubai is following the fashion suit with a lounge and club designed by Roberto Cavalli.

Dubai will debut the world’s first Formula One theme park—the F1-X.

A 213-room Palazzo Versace Hotel in the Culture Village renaissance, a development underway along Dubai Creek.

A $680 million, Paris-inspired, 342-room Baccarat Hotel & Residences facing the Palm Jumeirah

A Karl Lagerfeld-designed property called Hotel Moda, which will have 250 rooms and be located on the ambitious The World island development.

Trump Dubai, a 62-storey Trump International property with 378 rooms and suites and even more villa condos and townhouses, located on the Palm Jumeirah.

Also on the Palm Jumeirah, there will be a 550-room Kingdom of Sheba property under Fairmont management, which will contain a residence club and a souk.

follow the yellow brick road Emirates flies nonstop from New York, Hou-ston, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Dubai for published rates starting at $1,275. Upgrades to business class come with an entertainment set-up featuring thousands of film and broadcast options, nearly horizontal lie-back seats with lumbar support and vibrating massage elements, added seat pads for sleeping comfort, feather pillows and down duvets for the asking and a choice of 4-course meals with French wines and champagnes. First class passengers sit in private cabins with fully horizontal bed seats, a large desk space for working and dining and full-screen displays for entertainment.

Additionally, Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ signature Timeless Spa is open at the Emirates Terminal 3 (T3) at the Dubai Airport in Emirates Airline’s First and Business Class lounges, as well as on the hotel level of the concourse in T3.

Amenities mirror Timeless Spa’s concept and offer tailor-made travel treatments to reduce stress and ease tiredness. First and business class passengers can enjoy soa services at 10 treatment stations in T3 lounges, while passengers in any class can access
a wide range of full spa treatments at the Timeless Spa located on the hotel-level concourse. First class passengers receive 15-minute complimentary treatments and business class passengers can opt for 25-minute treatments for a nominal charge. Facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and appointments are made on a walk-in basis and guests should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to treatments.