Built on history
The Jumeirah Al Naseem is a hotel that holds Dubai’s very history in its foundations.
Back in 1966, the Chicago Bridge and Engineering Company constructed Dubai’s first Offshore Oil Tanks (kazzan in Arabic) on an empty shoreline miles away from the main town of Deira. These 70-meter-high undersea storage tanks - which are still in use today - signaled the beginning of Dubai’s rise from a small fishing village, to one of the world’s top holiday destinations and it’s on this spot that the Jumeirah Group built its iconic hotels. Today, on that stretch of sand stands the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Madinat Jumeirah and now, the latest in the chain, the Jumeirah Al Naseem.
Arriving at Al Naseem’s tree-lined entrance it’s clear that the hotel respects its historic bedrock. A mesmerizing camel sculpture, fashioned in silver greets the hotel’s guests, with the contemporary Arabic art continuing as you enter the lobby. Here, stretching across the full length of the reception desk is a calligraphy-based sculpture by Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej, which depicts a poem written by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Nearby, a Bedouin-inspired artwork of two horses emphasizes the subtly of Al Naseem compared to its more exuberant sisters, that very much exaggerate their Arabic influences. [To be continued...]
The Jumeirah Al Naseem has placed its towel down on one of Dubai’s most prestigious stretches of beach, but can the new resort live up to its gilt-edged location?
Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah (the UAE’s largest resort) and the Burj Al Arab (the world’s only 7-star hotel) have got a new upmarket neighbour. Built on the stretch of sand that separates these two iconic lodgings is the The Jumeirah Al Naseem, a 387 room, 43 suite oasis set in a lush tropical setting with every amenity thinkable at hand.
Sharing the coast with such illustrious resorts has put a huge amount of pressure on the new resort. With the area’s design drawing heavily from Dubai’s heritage, Al Naseem has taken a more modern approach, combining Arabic culture with a contemporary feel.
The subtle change in ambience is obvious as soon as your driver drops you at the hotel’s main entrance. Modern Arabic art pieces add depth and colour to the lobby, while the staff, who are again dressed in a more modern Arabic style, help you check in. Here, across the full length of the reception desk, is a calligraphy-based sculpture depicting a poem written by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. [To be continued...]