The fourth piece of the giant Al Habtoor City jigsaw is now in place, and with it comes a whole host of new places to eat and drink.
Hot on the heels of W Dubai and the first part of The Atrium, the new property, which backs onto where the soon-to-be-enhanced Dubai Water Canal will flow, is the largest of the three hotels, of which the almost year-old St. Regis Dubai is the third.
But this is no ordinary hotel opening, because the new 41-storey, 1,004-room behemoth has launched with five new places to eat, to be joined by a rooftop lounge in the not-too-distant future.
The standout is Cook Hall, an industrial-style US gastropub. With its exposed bricks, heavy metalwork features and stripped-back lighting, it’s every bit as American as the nearby Rose & Crown is English. There’s even a blue-baize billiard table.
On the menu, food fans can look forward to the likes of BBQ chicken wings, beef pot pie, hanger steak, nutella torte and more.
Elsewhere in the hotel, whose sister property in Dubai Marina plays host to the famous Bubbalicious brunch, there is Seasonal Tastes, a six-station live cooking hub that stretches through the belly of the building.
Those who call their pizzas pies will also love Il Capo Italian Restaurant (above), a refined New York-style eatery built around a wood-burning oven. At the higher end of the scale, Blinq sprinkles some real glamour into the mix. The bar’s design is bold and exuberant, with walls draped in reds, gold and shimmering black crystals. It’s set to be a place to be seen.
Lobby lounge Daily Treats completes the line-up of venues now open, but there’s more to come. Set to launch soon is Firefly, a chic rooftop lounge with a pool. Expect parties here to go on long into the night, with the help of funky beats from a resident DJ.