Madinat Jumeirah’s last chapter
Jumeirah Al Naseem is the final hotel to form part of Madinat Jumeirah, the largest resort in the whole of Dubai. Its opening also marks the completion of Jumeirah Group’s transformation of two kilometres of coastline into one of the emirate’s main tourist destinations.
Al Naseem, meaning sea breeze in Arabic, epitomises the style of this hotel. Aside from its enthralling beachside location, all the rooms have been decorated with Dubai’s coast, sand dunes, pearl diving heritage and Bedouin traditions as inspiration.
Rooms with a view
Many of Al Naseem’s 430 rooms have unmatched views of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab. But that’s not all. Jumeirah’s newest addition to the family is a literal stone’s throw away from the beach, with lush gardens all around the premises and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore audible from many of the rooms.
At the heart of the resort lies Al Naseem’s Royal Suite, which is a whopping 500sqm in size. It comprises two large guest bedrooms, a beautifully decorated living room, a cinema room, a fitness room, a vast outdoor space with landscape gardens and, of course, sensational views of Burj Al Arab.
During the scorching summer months, guests will be able to hang out on their rooms' extended terraces. They can close the external balcony doors, switch on the air-con and enjoy this extended living space, with the fantastic sea and garden views as an added plus.
Thursday December 1 is the chosen date for Al Naseem’s highly anticipated opening to the public. Al Mandhar Lounge, Ambar, Rockfish and The Palmery buffet restaurant for resort dining will be launched the same day. Island bar Sugarmash, poolside dining spot Kalsa and beach club Summersalt will also open their doors to the public then.
Two of the four other restaurants that have been given to third-party partners are definitely worth raving about. There’s Black Tap, an NYC burger joint set up by Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori, which serves up some truly jaw-dropping dishes (see more pictures here if you don’t believe us). And Il Borro, a Dubai-based bistro version of a 1,000-year old Tuscan estate, which feeds off centuries of knowledge in fine Italian dining.
Although Al Naseem has a Kid Zone, there does seem to be a number of services available specifically aimed at people looking for something that isn’t the standard family holiday. These include a secluded adult-only pool surrounded by some of the rooms (all with direct pool access) and Sugarmash, an adult-only island bar.
Free Wild Wadi
Another of the perks of staying at Al Naseem will be the complimentary access guests will get to Wild Wadi Water Park, which is just a seven-minute walk away.
Al Naseem will have a 150sq m purpose-built outdoor lagoon for rehabilitating critically endangered turtles. Guests will be able to participate in turtle feeding sessions and learn about the species. The scheme reflects Jumeirah’s ongoing interest in helping sea turtles, as there is already a Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah, which has so far released over 560 into Dubai’s waters.
As guests walk into Al Naseem’s main lobby, they’ll be met by a stunning sculpture of a caravan of camels running on water. It’s been conceptualised by Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej, who has provided the hotel with other amazing works of art, including a sculpture of a poem written in Arabic calligraphy by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.