Elegant and distinctively Arabic. This boutique property is offering luxury escape straight out of the Aladdin’s fairy tale.
Rich decor, gold chandeliers, marble mosaics and bubbling fountains are creating the perfect ambience to unwind after busy day.
The hotel is a member of a diverse collection of “Small Luxury Hotels in the World” and situated next to an office complex with a lovely courtyard garden assuring privacy and serenity.
Beautifully decorated hallways
Front of the hotel
Traditional Arabic hospitality
Office complex around
View from the room
Ideally located just stone’s throw away from the busy Riyadh centre and 40min from the Riyadh Intl. Airport / 85 SAR by London Taxi
In approx. 5min drive you can easily reach the Kingdom Tower, Al Faisaliah Centre and the two main roads Olaya Street and King Fahd road.
You cannot walk from the hotel as there is nothing around it, but taxis are easily available outside.
They are inexpensive, but make sure you negotiate the price before getting in and know exact location where are you heading to.
Note, due to Riyadh Metro construction, many roads are closed or diverted.
Around the hotel
Construction opposite the hotel
Road in front of the hotel
Well, let’s say the rooms are cozy and clean. Definitely not the most spacious but I have slept like a log.
Bed it’s just ideally firm and I really enjoyed to wrap myself completely in the soft bed sheets.
Complimentary water, tea/coffee facility, safe, electronic 100% black-out curtains and practicaly placed sockets to re-charge your devices. Ironing board is hidden inside the wardrobe.
There isn’t many international channels on TV so better stick with your tablet or phone. Also, the AC blows the air directly on your head while in the bed and I have found this quite bothersome.
Free Wi-Fi is fast enough and not much noise can be heard from the corridor. To enjoy a good night sleep, always opt for the inner courtyard view rooms.
Bathroom was spacious with weighting scale, hair dryer, small make-up mirror and the usual set of toiletries branded by Elemis. Bathrobe and slippers also available.
Staircase to the second floor
Lounge areas in the corridors
Hotel has a two floors
AC and room controls
Details on toiletries
View from the Bed
Wardrobe on the left
Very comfy bed
In general it was good, but when I asked for dinner restaurant recommendations I was met with a puzzled look from the staff member.
Later I have found a Lebanese restaurant within the same office block.
Otherwise, the staff at the Tea Lounge, or Spa were very pleasant and helpful.
Ewaan restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast buffet is offering good selection of international and arabic options. The freshly made omelette was just perfection.
My only comment would be regarding the fresh juices. They have no description, so you have to kind of guess what’s inside. Also, no one came to offer coffee, or tea which is a basic service.
Tea Lounge serves a’la carte food and wide selection of cold and hot beverages
Pricing of the Buffet options
View at the outside terrace
Fresh fruits and juices
Arabic Breakfast offerings
Central Buffet Point
My favourite area of the hotel is hidden in the lower ground floor. Professionally equipped gym with PT services, lovely swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
Spa treatments also available for a affordable prices but I didn’t’ try any during my stay.
Well equipped gym
Well equipped gym
Sauna, Steam and Jacuzzi
Lounge area by the pool
Well equipped gym
Who is it for :
Mostly business travellers and GCC visitors.
What makes it special :
Not so good :
AC too strong / pointing directly at the head
you can not walk anywhere due to the roadworks and slightly remote location
Only 5 more months and the highly anticipated Dubai Theme Park complex will open to all of us #October2016
Hopefully we all meet and run through the gates of the Motiongate Theme Park including Dreamworks, Smurf Village, Sony Pictures Studio, Lionsgate and Studio Central Zone to try all the fantastic attractions.
As per the chairman of DPR Abdullah Al Habbai, the project is 88% finished and 70% of infrastructure completed.
Let’s have a look at a new animation and construction update from this Hollywood inspired park which was published at the UAEproject Instagram account
Are you getting excited about the upcoming theme park complex in Dubai ?
Have a sneak peek at the full list of thrilling rides and attractions we can look forward to in the Motiongate park and start planning your trip 🙂
The movie based theme park will have 4 Zones and Main Street called Studio Central.
SONY PICTURES STUDIO :
1. The Ghostbusters Ride
“Battle For New York” will be an interactive dark ride that also involves a shooting game – you’ll have to shoot at different moving targets to gain points.
2. The Green Hornet Coaster
Fast rollercoaster called the High Speed Chase full of sharp turns and dizzying drops.
3. The Underworld Ride
4D theatre ride – scary moving and vibrating seats with mist and air effects.
4. Blast Off Drop Tower
Zombieland movie themed, one-of-a-kind 56m high tower,that will send riders shooting to the skies
5. Hotel Transylvania
Explore a giant 2800 square meter castle, on a charming coffin-like carriages with Gothic flair, while following the bon voyage party for Mavis! Expect surprises!
6. Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
Splashing fun and adventurous river flume expedition. Head deep into the heart of the lush jungle setting of “Sparkswood Foodimal Preserve”. Riders will get up close and personal with the phenomenal foodimals created by young inventor Flint Lockwood and his meteorologist friend Sam Spark.
LIONSGATE ZONE :
1. The Hunger Games Train
The Capitol Bullet Train ( high speed train Katniss takes to the Capitol in the movies ) will be a thrilling launched outdoor roller-coaster. It’s being dubbed “360 degrees of thrill”.
2. The Hunger Games aerial tour
The Panem Aerial Tour will be a 3D motion simulator during which you’ll feel like you’re riding a soaring hovercraft. Similar to Soarin ride in Disney Epcot.
3. Step Up Show
There also will be a stage show themed around Step Up movie. You can expect live hip hop dancers, singers and rappers.
DREAMWORKS ZONE :
1. The Shrek Ride
This dark ride is called the Merry Fairy Tale Journey and it is in the dark. It revisits the story of how Shrek and Fiona met + some interactive elements.
2. The Swamp Celebration
Shrek themed family ride during which you sit in a hollowed-out log that glides and spins.
3. The Madagascar Ride
Rollercoaster called the Mad Pursuit. It’s the fastest in the park. The journey will be windy and full of sharp turns.
4. The Kung Fu Panda Ride
Named Unstoppable Awesomeness, this will be a 3D theatre experience full of special effects.
5. The How to Train Your Dragon Ride
Suspended rollercoaster that soars high above. It will feel like flying a dragon. There also will be a How To Train Your Dragon water play area for the hot days.
6. The Swinging Viking
Also based around How To Train Your Dragon, this will be a Viking ship that swings back and forth.
7. Fountain of Dreams
The list wouldn’t be complete without a fountain with a water and light effects.
SMURFS VILLAGE :
1. The Smurfs Studio Tour
Family ride on which you’ll see inside the Smurfs’ working studio.
2. Smurfs Village Express
This is a family rollercoaster taking you on a trip through Smurf Village.
3. Woodland Play Park
An adventure playground with rope bridges, slides and mushroom-shaped houses.
Only 4 months to go and the Dubai Opera House will be opening its door for the very first time.
The opening date was announced, so put August 31st 2016 in to your diary. The one and only …Plácido Domingo will take over the stage of the 2000 seat auditorium.
After the legendary spanish tenor, we can look forward to Andrea Bocelli, Russian State Ballet, Viennese Orchestra, Magic show the Impossible, Jose Carreras, Hussain Al Jassmi or the Nutcracker on Ice in December.
So far, facade is in its final stage of construction and hectic work is happening all inside and around the new building, which design is based on traditional arabic vessel…the Dhow.
Enjoy the latest photo update and come back for more soon!
The Lost Chambers Aquarium is a beautifully designed attraction bringing to life the mythical sunken city of Atlantis.
Short drive from Dubai Marina divides you from an extraordinary world lost thousands of years ago deep beneath the sea.
As a big fan of all things aquatic, I have visited many aquariums around the world. Sydney, Singapore, San Francisco and Lisbon all have worthy exhibits but the detailed theming and rich storytelling in The Lost Chambers are on another scale.
Don’t miss a visit to this aquarium while in Dubai.
You can slowly discover 10 mythical chambers with 21 exhibits which are home of more than 65.000 animals.
Learn about Atlantean civilisation through architecture, artefacts and stories. You can let your fantasy run wild…
Most impressive chamber is definitely the Seven Sages…geniuses of the Atlantean civilisation. In the middle of the room is an organic computer over the throne of King Atlas.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t there at the time, so I sat in and warmed up the throne a bit for him.
Red Sage chamber showcase an astronomical chair and telescopic mask. The were used by Sages to study the stars.
By reading from the stars, they were predicting the success of harvest season. Except that, the views through the windows are just spectacular.
The newest residents of the aquarium are two albino Alligator brothers.
They were jumping out, so they have to placed some glass around their pool. Alligators live underneath of the Abyss elevator used as a transporter for miners searching for minerals.
The Alien shaped cocoon is made of bronz and leather.
Blue Sage chamber was the martial art training room for the Atlantean’s.
A control terminal was activated to allow warriors to retrieve weapons. That’s why piranha aquarium is placed in this room too.
If you wish to learn more about the species, interactive touch screens are located next to each exhibit.
Of course, there is a souvenir shop too…
BEFORE YOU GO :
opening time 10am-10pm
price : AED 100 / resident rate AED 75
activities : Diving, Snorkelling, Behind the scenes Tour / priced AED 75 – 1.850