Creative Spark

19th September 2017 | The H Dubai

Creative Spark No. 1

Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort

by Isabel Pintado | Wilson Associates

About the Hotel

Located in Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the UAE and a unique resort destination, the Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort is a luxury eco-themed waterfront property that showcases Ras Al Khaimah’s natural beauty and rich heritage.

The 255-key Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort, expected to open in 2018, will feature Maldivian-style water villas, and will include residential, hospitality and retail components. The hotel will overlook the mangroves and the area around the reserve will not be developed, in order to preserve the wilderness.

Developer RAK Properties signed with Minor Hotel Group to operate the luxury resort. The ideal vacation spot is situated in a secluded and picturesque area with a private beach, surrounded by an eco-reserve lined with mangroves. The area will feature nature discovery center for resort guests, suitable for birdwatching and stargazing.

The resort boasts a variety of health and sports facilities, as well as a ballroom seating and events area for weddings and celebrations, a dedicated kids’ club, and a world-famous Anantara Spa. In addition, guests will enjoy a diverse selection of restaurants, including a specialty Asian dining restaurant and a seafood grill.

The Wilson Associates design team was inspired by the idea of a relaxing eco-vacation and spa experience. Guests are invited to take a deep breath, relax and unwind in a space close to the ground, where the earth and humanity combine. Using a neutral color palette interspersed by a few fresh, trendy accent colors, the resort is a place with the mind can rest and the soul speak.

The Presidential Suite has immediate outdoor access to the beaches, and all of the suites have open, spacious rooms where guests have ample room to relax.

The resort is planned to open early 2020.

Creative Spark No. 2

Rotana TECOM

by Julia Dempster | Interior Motives

About the Hotel

The Rotana is a 203 room hotel located at the heart of TECOM overlooking Hessa Street in Dubai. It will primarily be a business hotel consisting of 5 meeting rooms, open plan lobby, all day dining and Japanese specialty restaurant. On the roof deck will be a glass infinity pool, gymnasium and spa facilities. The project is currently under construction and should be opening 2018.

Creative Spark No. 3

Burj Alshaya – Four Seasons

by Lisa Cholmondeley | Gensler

About the Hotel

The new five-star Four Season hotel includes 250 keys, two large ballrooms, an expansive pool-level terrace, three restaurants, and world-class spa and fitness facilities. Several large suites and one floor of serviced apartments occupy the hotel’s upper levels.

Gensler was appointed to lead the design of a mixed-use development in Kuwait City for Alshaya Incorporated. The building itself consists of three distinct components, the office tower, the hotel tower and the podium. 

The 42-story office tower will provide class-A office space in approximately 60,000 square meters. Alshaya Inc plans to occupy two-thirds of the tower for its own headquarters. Additionally, the first level of the basement includes 2,000 sqm of retail space to support the office tower. is created with the minimum constructed. Architecturally, the façade responds to both climate and culture with fins accommodated within the ideal range of rhythm, rotation and size in order to achieve optimum solar shading, the external appearance of verticality and maximizing the views from the interior. 

At ground level the bank must accommodate a number of key functions requiring public engagement, and this, combined with its prominent siting within the masterplan has resulted in a large, semi public space, relating both to the bank and its context of main street, public steps and waterside promenade.

The design concept has developed around a regional architectural language of mashrabiya to provide solar control for the building. This approach integrates the three main elements of the project by wrapping the east and west elevations of both towers and covering large sections of the podium with a mashrabiya-type envelope. The geometry of the shading fins enhances climatic performance for the occupied spaces and continues over to wrap the roof terraces and shade outdoor activities from the sun. The building strives to create an aesthetic and functional continuity, identifying and distinguishing itself from the surroundings, responding to the climate, while also enhancing the experience of guests and visitors to the hotel and tenants in the office.