Bab Al Shams Desert Resortin Dubai will close for a massive renovation in May 2022 and reopen in early 2023 under the management of Kerzner International as part of its new collection of Rare Finds resorts. Kerzner International, which includes the iconic Atlantis Resorts and Residences and One&Only Resorts, is proud to announce the launch of a new brand, Rare Finds. It will bring together a collection of premium hotels, each reflecting its unique location and history, as well as displaying its own identity and distinctiveness, offering a variety of gastronomic offerings and programs.
As part of its portfolio expansion, Kerzner International has signed an agreement to manage the renowned Bab Al Shams Desert Resort in Dubai, nestled in the endless sands of the Arabian Desert, which will be the first resort of the new chain. The renovated resort, owned by Meydan, already under the Rare Finds brand, is expected to open at the very beginning of 2023. “I am very pleased that Bab Al Shams Desert Resort has been included in the Rare Finds collection. The addition of this legendary desert resort to Kerzner International's portfolio marks further growth and strategic expansion for the holding in the region,” said Philippe Zuber, CEO of Kerzner International. “Our company was one of the first in the hotel industry in Dubai to introduce an ultra-luxury resort here, One&Only Royal Mirage, and soon after, another landmark Atlantis, The Palm. We have big plans to continue developing our activities in the region, in connection with which we will open a new Atlantis, The Royal Resort & Residences this year, and next year, in addition to Bab Al Shams, the One&Only One Za'abeel resort. We are delighted that Kerzner International continues to be one of the most important players in the industry in Dubai and we look forward to welcoming guests to this completely refurbished, idyllic resort and introducing them to its signature concept.”. After a makeover, this iconic desert resort will reopen with a new style while retaining its authentic features. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the exotic of the East and enjoy a variety of branded offers of the resort, choosing entertainment to their taste. Bab Al Shams also offers excellent gastronomic experiences at fine dining restaurants, including a modern Arabic restaurant, an al fresco restaurant and a rooftop lounge. Each will have its own unique menu, using local and fresh ingredients, as well as pleasantly impress guests with interactive elements or entertainment shows. A huge outdoor swimming pool, located literally in the middle of the desert, will also be preserved on the territory of the resort and will become a favorite place for everyone who wants to take a break from the bustle of the city. The Desert Spa will offer an impressive range of spa services, including traditional and modern treatments, as well as psammotherapy – hot sand therapy. Guests of the spa will appreciate the authentic hammam, sauna, steam rooms, treatment rooms for two with a private pool, as well as a pool in the courtyard with a special relaxation area. The spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and separate meditation center Body & Soul Center will offer wellness programs designed to rejuvenate and restore both body and soul.
As part of the new brand concept, Rare Finds hotels will aim to educate travelers about the authentic features of their location and local culture. Bab Al Shams will present a collection of exciting adventures, created and individually tailored to immerse guests in the nature, culture and atmosphere of this place, taking into account all their wishes. From safaris and horseback riding through the desert, through archery and sandboarding on the sand dunes, to stargazing with the resort's professional astronomer and hot air balloon rides, each unique adventure will be filled with unforgettable experiences and a genuine experience of connecting with the mesmerizing landscape of the beauty of the desert. A dedicated games room, a variety of family-friendly areas and an endless array of activities await guests of all ages at the resort, making Bab Al Shams the ideal resort for families. Bab Al Shams will also be a great venue for weddings, private celebrations and corporate events, with the ability to accommodate up to 500 guests both in indoor venues and in special outdoor areas. Gilles Sohier, who previously held the position of One&Only Royal Mirage Resort Manager in Dubai, will take over as General Manager of the revamped resort. “Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is a unique concept resort in the Dubai desert that first opened its doors in 2004,” said Issam Galadari, CEO of Meydan City Corporation. “We look forward to working closely with the Kerzner team to bring their signature, impeccable service and years of experience in hospitality to Bab Al Shams, breathing new life into it as this resort holds a special place in the hearts of guests and locals alike. residents of the UAE. Offering guests unforgettable and intimate journeys, the new Rare Finds chain will bring together a collection of premium hotels and resorts, each reflecting their unique location and history. Kerzner will continue to strategically expand the Rare Finds portfolio in the coming years, carefully selecting new outstanding properties.