Shangri-la Hotel Dubai: Cosmopolitan Grandeur In The Centre Of The City


Al Bastakiya
Al Bastakiya shop Royal Saffron sells a variety of authentic local products
Dubai’s Al Bastakiya district preserves the architectural heritage of the city
Shangri-la Dubai pool
Shangri-la Dubai suite bedroom

If you think Dubai is only for business and shopping, think again. There seems to be a neverending array of interesting festivals and special events in the UAE’s biggest city. Diverse arts festivals, themed film festivals, and megastar concerts are matched by rugby, tennis, sailing, horse racing, and a host of other sporting events that bring millions of visitors to the city over the course of a year. Lucky ones will be staying at Shangri-la Hotel Dubai.

Shangri-la Dubai marries the immaculate service of East Asia with the high level of luxury expected in West Asia. Rooms and suites are well designed and styled in contemporary décor reflecting the good taste prevalent through the Shangri-la portfolio of properties. In this hotel, Jacuzzi bathtubs add an option for relaxation after a day out around Al Bastakiya, Dubai’s heritage quarter where architectural gems built by Persian merchants, Dubai’s very first expatriates, recall an earlier era when Dubai was a simple port for fishing and pearling. Little did those merchants know how many would follow in their footsteps, or that their entire neighbourhood would become the venue for the Sikka Art Fair, an annual event coinciding with Art Dubai that showcases the work of emerging Emirati artists.

As in every instance in the hospitality industry, the human element makes the deepest impression. The hotel staff know only two facial expressions: smiling and smiling even wider. They know your name without ever having met you. They know what you need before you know yourself. None of this is surprising in a Shangri-la property, but it is always nice to observe it all in action; a well-trained staff reassures guests that the hotel is running smoothly.

For food aficionados, the cultural kaleidoscope of Shangri-la Dubai’s breakfast table starts the day right, with the tasty Chinese dim sum and flavourful Arab mezze supplementing traditional Western foods. For dinner, guests have a fine selection; Amwaj for seafood; Vietnamese at Hoi An; Marrakech for contemporary Moroccan. For fine dining experiencing the nuanced flavours of Chinese cuisine, there is Shang Palace which, like Dunes Café, is also open for lunch.

The Spa at Shangri-la Dubai has recently introduced a new menu of treatments, offering a variety of massage techniques, body treatments, and facials to better meet the needs of the clientele. These new changes include men’s facials and special treatments for teenagers.

And if you think Emirates is the only option for flying to the United Arab Emirates think again…again. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, flies nonstop to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and offers complimentary coach service direct from the airport to downtown Dubai for its Coral Zone passengers. The main set-down point for the coach service is at the Etihad Dubai city office one block from the Shangri-la; there is a second set-down point at Dubai Marina. For its Pearl Zone and Diamond Zone passengers, Etihad provides private transfers in luxury automobiles to and from Dubai.

Shangri-la Hotel Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
T: (971 4) 343 8888
F: (971 4) 343 8886

Source = Mr. eTraveller
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