Hotels on The Palm to offer escape tourism
The Palm has announced that hotels on The Palm, Jumeirah, will be able to choose from a range of 40 country themes and four styles of guest experiences proposed by the developers. The combination of theme and type of guest experience at each hotel will ensure the development provides a unique form of escape tourism just off the Dubai coast, according to a company press release.
Saif Sultan Al-Shamsi, commercial managing director for The Palm said “We have had a tremendous response from hotels locally and from around the world interested in establishing hotels on The Palm, Jumeirah. Once these deals have been finalized the next stage for the hotels will be to decide what theme and style of guest experience they will offer”.
“To assist in this decision making process, Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects (HHCP) have developed a variety of concepts for these themes and guest experiences,” Al-Shamsi.
The 40 themes suggested for the exclusive boutique hotels range from Greek to Taiwanese, New Guinean, Mexican, Hawaiian, Australian, Moroccan, Tahitian, Goan, Tanzanian, Balinese, Cuban and Sicilian to name a few. The four types of guest experience suggested to complement these uniquely themed hotels are ‘Tranquility', ‘Pampered', ‘Social' and ‘Health'.
The tranquility guest experience is expected to allow for seclusion and could for example, take the form of a bungalow with a pristine view of nature. The social guest experience will be an exciting social style of environment where people will go to meet friends and family.
The health guest experience will offer a rejuvenation experience for mind, body and soul, and as a health resort will pride itself on sumptuous yet nutritious cuisine. The pampered guest experience will offer the highest levels of guest service and attention to detail.
The 40 themed hotels will be based on the crescent shaped island that surrounds most of The Palm. The back of the ‘Crescent' will form a protective breakwater, and will be 11km in length and 200m in width adding many kilometers of sandy coastline to Dubai.
Each hotel on the The Palm, Jumeirah crescent will have a maximum of 200 rooms and be a maximum of three stories high—ground plus two levels. The majority of hotels plots on The Palm, Jumeirah have already been taken, with a number of local and international hotels having signed agreements. These include the likes of Al-Habtoor, and Al-Bwardy together with the Kempinski Group. Further hotels have announced their intention to have hotels on The Palm, Jumeriah including The Hilton, Sofitel, Le Meridien and Accor groups.
The Palm involves the creation of the world's largest two man-made islands known as The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali. Located just off the coast of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two palm tree shaped islands are expected to contribute to the city's position as a premier global tourist destination. The project will increase Dubai's shoreline by a total of 120 kilometers and create a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment opportunities.
Comprised of approximately 100 million cubic meters of rock and sand, each island will eventually support 50 luxury hotels, 2,500 exclusive residential beachside villas, up to 2,400 shoreline apartments, two marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas and cinemas.
Construction commenced in June 2001 after many years of research and planning. Both islands will take approximately two years to be completely raised from the sea. A further two to three years will be required to complete the infrastructure and the buildings. The end-result will be the creation of two virtually self-contained communities within the islands. — (menareport.com)
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