RMJM were commissioned to design a Holiday Inn Hotel and an adjacent Staybridge Suites serviced apartment building located on a site in Aviation City at the southern boundary of the new Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai South. Due to the site’s proximity to the airport the buildings are 7 floors each (G+M+7) and in order to retain future flexibility the client requested that the buildings were not connected, although they do share basement parking on 2 levels.

The client’s brief asked for the project to provide generous room sizes with as much natural light as possible, in both the hotel and the serviced apartments. Additionally they sought a highly efficient design and requested RMJM to use locally sourced materials wherever possible, particularly on the facade.

The 4 star Holiday Inn hotel provides 324 guestrooms and 20 suites, with amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa, salon, meeting rooms, ballroom, all day restaurant, one specialty restaurant and a bar/ nightclub.

The Staybridge Suites, with a total of 260 keys, comprises a mix of studios, 1-bed and 2-bed apartments with interconnecting doors providing the flexibility of 3-bed apartments. The suites have an infinity-edge swimming pool, a BBQ backyard, gym and large common spaces on the ground floor for gatherings.

The Almulla Group owns a number of major hotels in Dubai and this latest project will be a significant addition to their property portfolio in a strategic location located close to the future EXPO 2020 site.

Location: Dubai South, Dubai, UAE

Client: Al Mulla Enterprises L.L.C

Sector: Hospitality

Facility: Hotel & Retail Component

Size: 43,000 m²

Status: Built

Year: 2015 – 2020

Scope: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Lead Consultancy, Site Supervision Services