Wake up to the waves or stare at the skyline – your Mandarin choice!

February 18, 2019 11:08 am

A spectacular undeterred sea view of the Arabian Gulf on one side and a completely uninterrupted view of the Dubai skyline on the other.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira seems to have got its location spot on with the brand’s first foray into the Middle East region.

“For us – as Mandarin – a significant portion of our guests come from the Middle East. Actually having a base and a presence in key Middle Eastern destinations is valuable, not only in terms of the guests that come here, but also setting out a positioning for the brand in the Middle East – for guests who would then like to travel to London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and the likes,” said James Riley, Group CEO, Mandarin Oriental.

Located in Jumeira 1 opposite the Mercato Mall in Dubai, the luxury hotel developed by wasl Asset Management Group opens its doors today, February 18.

The luxury hotel features 256 keys, including 78 suites and 178 spacious rooms – the key word being “spacious”. It is luxury at its “chill” best, with warm, earthy tones reflected across all its interiors to render a plush, yet, homely feel.

“Increasingly, as luxury becomes more leisure orientated, I think it’s going to be increasingly important to have resorts and flagship properties that make that leisure statement slightly more relaxed. We’re beginning to chill a little bit, which I think is important in terms of where hospitality is moving,” James Riley said.

As an introductory offer, room prices begin from 2,200 AED, with the high-end two-bedroom suite with rooftop topping off at 17,000 AED.

“What we see in our market intelligence is that if you’re the right location, the right brand, with the right partners, and if you price correctly, there’s not too much to worry about,” said Werner Anzinger GM, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira.

The property is designed by internationally-acclaimed Jeffrey Wilkes and features a “Forest of  Lights” that you cannot miss – especially at night. Located in its lobby, just past the entrance, there are 14 bronze trees with 900 lights each creating a canopy of crystal and light. The expansive lobby opens into an outdoor area with water features, walkways, and stone bridges that provide a straight walk to the shoreline.



“This is clearly one of the few open beaches left. When you lie in your bedroom and hear the constant noise of the waves crashing, it’s just beautiful. It’s so calming. This is one of those beaches where you can walk for four kilometers on the beach, with hardly anybody around,” Werner Anzinger added.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira also aims to provide an unforgettable experience in addition to material comforts. It offers seven food and beverage options including a brassiere-style restaurant called “the Bay” with show-kitchens and a great view of the sea; and a Warayaki-style Japanese steakhouse called “Netsu” where guests can witness live cooking with flames rising 2 meters into the air. Portuguese celebrity chef Jose Avillez, whose Belcanto restaurant in Lisbon has been rated with two Michelin stars, brings the taste of his hometown to Dubai with a vibrant menu at “Tasca”. The 2,000-square meter spa and a state-of-the-art gym with Crossfit bars add to the luxurious experience.

“Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai will not only be an exceptional addition to our robust portfolio but will also represent an exciting and premium addition to Dubai’s hospitality scene that will support sustainable growth in tourism in one of the most sought-after locations in the Emirate,” said, Hesham Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group.

Mandarin Oriental already has 30 luxury hotels across 21 countries.


Hesham Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group and James Riley, Group CEO of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group at the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

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Anup Oommen
By Anup Oommen
Anup Oommen is a Business Editor at MediaQuest Corp. He has been a journalist for the last eight years and has extensive insight and expertise in international relations, macroeconomics, sports and financial news.