Qasr Al Watan is an incredible, new and unique landmark in the United Arab Emirates. A Palace brimming with knowledge, offering the world a first-of-its-kind insight into the Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the United Arab Emirates and its vision to the future.
Qasr Al Watan is now open for tours, the Palace offers you a unique opportunity to marvel at majestic hallways that is sure to leave you with a meaningful experience, explore exhibitions that celebrate the region’s rich Arabic heritage and learn more about the rulers and governing institutions that shaped our great nation. You will also gain a deeper appreciation of the innovations that will drive the country’s future.
Set on lovely Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the largest museum in the Arabian Peninsula and the first to carry the prestigious Louvre name outside France. As well as the astonishing collection of cultural exhibits and masterpieces on loan from both its namesake and a dozen other top French museums, there’s now yet another reason to visit – its newly opened, rooftop restaurant and terrace.
Appropriately named the Art Lounge, this beautiful outdoor venue offers panoramic views across the city skyline and the turquoise waters that surround it, as well as the museum’s astonishing domed roof – an engineering marvel inspired by Abu Dhabi’s palm trees and built from 400,000 individual pieces weighing more than 7500 tons and containing 4500 lights.
As well as the huge list of drinks and cocktails, Art Lounge also offers delicious tapas style dishes made from fresh, local ingredients, and is available exclusively for groups and special events looking for an inspiring backdrop and an unforgettable rooftop venue by day or night.
The world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa has just unveiled its latest dining venue – the world’s highest restaurant.
Located on the 154th floor – 30 floors higher than the previous winner, and a staggering 575 metres above the city streets, The Lounge has previously only been available to VIP’s, however this sky-high location is now open throughout the day, with food provided by the acclaimed team behind the Armani Hotel, Including a sensational high tea (no pun intended). Best of all, it also offers one of one of the globe’s ultimate selfie locations - its very own outdoor terrace.
In the evening, meanwhile, The Lounge transforms into the perfect location from which to view the magical lights of Dubai and the changing colours of the Arabian Gulf.
After a much-anticipated top-to-bottom refreshment, the legendary Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Oman has finally reopened.
Long considered one of the most iconic properties in the Middle East and now part of the Ritz Carlton group, emphasis has been kept on preserving the timeless atmosphere that made it a symbol of Omani hospitality. Each of its rooms and suites have been carefully redesigned to incorporate the latest in hotel technology, blended seamlessly with décor that reflects Oman’s culture and heritage.
Outside there are fragrant gardens to explore, along with a private beach and incredible views of the surrounding Al Hajar Mountains, whilst inside the famous Grand Ballroom has undergone a complete renovation that more than lives up to its palatial surroundings, along with 44,00 square feet of events and meeting space.
As for bars and restaurants, there’s a newly extended outdoor terrace, the return of the Beach Pavilion Bar & Grill, now with its own outdoor deck, and of course China Mood - one of the top Asian restaurants in the region.
Perhaps one of the biggest additions, however, is the new aqualand play area for children and families, discreetly separated from the rest of the hotel, including a zipline that splashes down in their very own dedicated pool.
Designed to capture the style and glamour of early 1960’s New York, Waldorf Astoria - one of the world’s top luxury hotel groups - is set to open its first hotel in Dubai.
Located on the aptly named Happiness Street in Dubai’s buzzing International Financial Centre, close to both the Dubai Mall and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the new Waldorf Astoria has 201 rooms, 46 luxury suites and 28 residences – all with jaw-dropping skyline views from their floor-to-ceiling windows.
As well as a dreamy state of the art spa, there’s also a central ballroom that’s perfect for a spectacular event or gala dinner, three further event spaces, a library that feels straight out of a movie, and a rooftop lounge that’s set to be a contender for the best sundowner spot in the city.
Finally there’s Peacock Alley, a promenade and shopping area based on the stylish alley that connected the original Waldorf and Astoria Hotels, and the signature Bull and Bear restaurant, home to some of New York’s most legendary steaks – all just 12 minutes from Dubai International Airport.
What happens when you combine sunshine, an enormous ocean-side terrace, restaurants, bars and a state of the art Wave Rider machine that lets guests surf a realistic surf break? The answer is the latest food and entertainment venue at Atlantis the Palm, perfect for large MICE groups looking for a new option!
The Wave House – think beach bar meets gastropub – packs as much punch as possible into a single space without feeling overloaded. As well as the waterfront terrace there’s a garden area with private gazebos, a bowling alley, a fully-loaded kids play zone where boredom is simply not an option, a multi level climbing area, an adults only bar – even a modern take on the old school arcade, plus live music and DJ’s on the indoor and outdoor stages. Then there’s the food and drinks, which mix healthy options with old school comfort dishes – it even has a classic Volkswagen camper van converted into a cool, al fresco bar.
At the heart of it all, however, is the Wave Rider itself, although if you’re looking to continue the water experience, the Wave House also sits next door to the Aquaventure Water Park – home to beaches, pools and seventeen hectares of rides and slides.
Set in one of the most astonishing natural landscapes on earth and designed to capture the atmosphere of a traditional Bedouin village, the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa has now opened near Abu Dhabi.
As well as a central souk, there’s also a 1000-sqm pool that looks out across unbroken desert and an extraordinary rooftop bar tailor-made for a sunset drink. This new luxury venue is ideal for smaller groups looking for a luxury desert experience, it has 80 guest rooms and 10 suites, all with balconies and rain showers, as well as 13 villas complete with private plunge pools, all inspired by the traditional tents used by the nomadic people who still call the area home.
As for food, you can choose between five on-site restaurants, all with outside dining, offering everything from Mediterranean to Arabic favourites. There’s also a spa with thirteen treatment rooms, including a crystal salt sauna, snow room and a traditional hammam, surrounded by a serene garden. For special events meanwhile, the resort offers one of the most versatile spaces available, surrounded by an incredible natural backdrop. For those looking to take their desert experience to the next level, you can even travel by dune buggy into the heart and soul of the resort, the Al Mabeet Desert Camp, where you can unwind and dine amidst the dunes. Best of all, the venue is just 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi airport.
This month we grabbed a sneak preview of the Address Fountain View Hotel.
Due to re-open in May, this three-tower marvel is located close to the city centre and Dubai’s financial hub and calls the the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa and the iconic Dubai fountains its neighbours – with incredible views of both.
As well as 194 rooms, suites and penthouses - including an unbelievable presidential suite on the 28th floor - the venue is tailor-made for special events, with a range of flexible spaces, including a 420 guest ballroom able to handle everything from a fashion show to a gala dinner or concert, an outdoor events terrace, and a relaxing private area with traditional Majlis seating.
For dinner and drinks, meanwhile, you can sip an infusion in the comfy tea lounge, grab a drink surrounded by the vintage glamour of the Moss and Moon Pub and enjoy the homely feel of the restaurant - itself divided into a main dining room, library and a private space cheekily called ‘the Closet’.
The Address also has a Patisserie, café, spa with Finnish sauna and Hammam, gym, yoga studio, kids club, boardroom, meeting rooms, club lounge and multiple swimming pools – all just 15 minutes from Dubai airport.
Groups have a new museum to add to their itinerary, where they are able to learn about the rich heritage of the UAE, set in one of the Emirates oldest and most historic neighbourhoods, the ambitious Shindagha Museum has now opened phase one – The Story of the Creek and the Perfume House.
Built across a series of traditional houses and pavilions centred on the former home of visionary leader, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the museum offers an insight into Emirati culture and allows visitors to experience the heritage, innovations and skills that shaped the region.
The multimedia Story of the Creek, explores the Emirates beginning beside the clear blue waters of the Khor, the Emirati word for waterway – a world of artisans, merchants and the pioneering traders and navigators who first linked the region to the world, alongside deeply personal stories that bring the surrounding neighbourhood to life.
The Perfume House meanwhile, is an aromatic journey through the centuries old art of Emirati perfume making, including the traditional techniques used in its precious essential oils and reveals some of its more unusual ingredients.
Once completed, the complex will be the largest open museum in the city containing seventeen pavilions, including one just for children, and more than fifty priceless collections of historic and cultural artefacts.