You’re always spoiled for choice with luxury accommodation in Dubai, but a sneak peek at the new hotels opening this year shows there will soon be more options than ever.
Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab
The highly-anticipated Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab heralds the beginning of a new era in luxury hospitality. The hotel will offer 387 rooms and suites, 82 luxury residences, and – hold on to your hat – an 82-berth superyacht marina.
The nautical theme continues throughout the huge hotel, in architectural design that offers panoramic vistas of the stunning Arabian Sea.
If you’re ever tempted to leave the luxury of your room, you can enjoy a curated dining experience at one of the signature restaurants, take a dip in one of several swimming pools, or indulge yourself at one of the wellness spas on-site.
Jumeirah has not confirmed the number of accessible rooms or their features as yet, but other properties in the group offer wheelchair accessible suites with excellent amenities, so we can expect that the newest addition will follow suit. Stay tuned.
The Ciel Tower is set to become the world’s tallest hotel when the final touches are finished up this year. The 365-metre skyscraper overlooks the Dubai Marina, and boasts 1,042 beautifully-appointed luxury suites (including a number of wheelchair-accessible rooms, number to be confirmed).
Of course, the big draw card is the view. Make the most of it from the observation deck with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai Marina, and Palm Jumeirah. It will be glorious to escape the heat and humidity of Dubai with a dip in the incredible infinity pool on the 81st floor.
Despite not yet being fully operational, Ciel is already winning awards (the International Property Award for Best International Hotel Architecture, and top prize at the Dubai, Africa & Arabia Property Awards). Find out more.
One&Only One Za’abeel
Here’s one that’s already up and running! One&Only One Za’abeel opened on 4 January, but if you want to make a booking, you’d better be planning in advance. Dubai’s ‘vertical resort’ is already incredibly popular.
Where most resorts are, by their nature, horizontal and spread out, One&Only One Za’abeel uses an innovative vertical design that incorporates all of the best aspects of resort getaways. Two towers are connected by ‘The Link’, an architectural marvel that is now the world’s longest cantilever and floats 100m above the city.
Foodies are delighting in the 11 new restaurants and bars, including Japanese cuisine curated by chef Tetsuya Wakuda, culinary creations from the kitchen of Anne-Sophie Pic (the most Michelin-lauded female chef in the world), and experimental street food by Dabiz Munoz.
The buildings are accessible with lifts to move between floors (door width 81cm), lowered desks, step-free and hardwood flooring, an accessible airport shuttle and designated on-site accessible parking.
If you’re looking for ‘vibrant and exuberant’ accommodation, hold out for a booking at Five Luxe later this year. Dubai’s new ‘mega hotel’ will import concepts from destinations like Ibiza, ‘daring to be different’ in a once-conservative city.
Each of the 222 lavish rooms and suites is thematically styled. There are permanent private residences too, if you love it so much you can’t bear to leave. The high-tech amenities are seriously impressive, with everything you could possibly need at the push of a button.
Whatever you do around Dubai during the day, make sure you’re back in time for sunset, because the gorgeous views of sinking light behind Dubai Eye and Palm Jumeirah will take your breath away. Plus, you’re guaranteed night-long entertainment at one of Five Luxe’s extraordinary restaurants and nightclubs (which will be wheelchair accessible, of course). Keep up with the latest as opening day nears.
We’ve saved the best for last! If you’re looking for old-school luxury in Dubai, you’ll be thrilled by The Lana from Dorchester Collection. The luxury hotel opens next month, and tongues are already wagging about its sophisticated elegance.
The 30-storey tower is located on the Dubai Canal, with views of Burj Khalifa, beautiful sunsets to the northwest, and stunning landscapes to the southeast. The living spaces are adorned with dark marble, rounded furniture, and soft hues of gold, beige and olive. Designers have blended tradition with contemporary touches, making the most of the property’s space and light.
Of all the new luxury hotels opening in Dubai in 2024, The Lana provides the most comprehensive accessibility information. There are four accessible guest rooms with lowered facilities, adaptive technology (e.g., closed caption television), and emergency buttons in the room to call for assistance. The bathrooms are spacious with roll-in showers, bathroom seats, grab rails, and hand-held shower heads. All public areas of the hotel are accessible with wide corridors and entrances, and Braille signage throughout. The concierge can also provide complimentary wheelchairs and crutches for use by guests. More details here.