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    Yas Mall will host over 370 retail, F&B brands and entertainment offeringsTo say we’re excited about the opening of Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi is a major understatement. The large-scale shopping centre will transform the emirate’s retail offering, with several brand new concepts being launched for the first time by leading regional and international stores.

    Yas Mall will host over 370 retail, F&B brands and entertainment offerings, all within easy reach of the capital and only 45 minutes from Dubai. Attached to the world’s largest indoor theme park Ferrari World, it completes the Yas Island proposition, which already boasts popular attractions such as Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld, Yas Links, along with a large choice of hotels. 

    Yas Mall’s developer and operator Aldar has unveiled 10 key features that AroundTheUAE.com readers can expect once the mall’s doors are finally opened next month, including “the world’s biggest rollercoaster restaurant”! Intrigued? Check the list out below:

    Yas Mall’s design is integral to the visitor experience, with a strong sense of height, light and space
    1) Accessibility: Yas Mall boasts nearly 10,000 covered parking spaces, with direct access to the highway and only five minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 15 minutes from the Abu Dhabi city centre, and 45 minutes from Dubai.  Visitors will also have easy access to other Yas Island amenities, including Ferrari World, via an elevated footbridge.

    2) Design: Yas Mall’s design is integral to the visitor experience, with a strong sense of height, light and space. A series of streets, avenues, boulevards and squares makes Yas Mall easy to navigate for visitors.

    3) Unique Store Concepts: Yas Mall aims to bring many distinctive brands under one roof.  All the stores are being encouraged to launch outlets, which are unique in design or offering.  Chalhoub Group, known for managing retail outlets and building brands, is creating their first own brand department store. The mall will also house the largest Debenhams outside of the UK in which shoppers will have access to a personal stylist.

    Visitors will also have easy access to other Yas Island amenities, including Ferrari World, via an elevated footbridge4) New Retail Brands: Yas Mall will house the first Hamley’s, Hollister, Brook’s Brothers in Abu Dhabi, and first Lego Store, standalone Under Armour store, two-level Go Sports store and Joe Fresh in UAE and the first Geant Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi. 

    5) Town Square: At the heart of Yas Mall, this central space represents the largest enclosed gathering space of any shopping centre in the Middle East, reinforcing the mall’s important role in the community. Its naturally-lit spaces surrounded by greenery and water features were specially designed to bring the outdoors indoors.


    There will be over 60 F&B outlets, including outdoor dining on Cascade Walk and cafes spilling out onto Town Square
    6) Cinema: The 20 screen Vox Cinemas will boast the biggest MAX screen in Abu Dhabi at 24.5 metres wide. Along with three Gold Cinemas, its 4DX technology will engage all five senses and make audiences feel as if they are part of the feature.

    7) F&B: There will be over 60 F&B outlets, including outdoor dining on Cascade Walk and cafes spilling out onto Town Square. Rogo’s, the world’s biggest Rollercoaster Restaurant, will break the mould on how food is served by sending orders to diners on roller coaster tracks. Other brands to look forward to include: The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs, Shakespeare and Co., Angelina, Jamba Juice, Champions League Café, Pie Face and PAUL.

    8) Entertainment: Yas Mall is a place for families to spend time together and caters to children of all ages. Offerings include the first Fun Works in the UAE, the region’s largest adventure play system, with a 60,000 square foot area dedicated to playful learning and ‘edutainment’ with activities ranging from science and arts to theatre and construction. The mall will also cater to adults looking for some active fun, with the region’s first Softair Battlezone in which they can experience the thrill of competition.

    The food court at Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall9) Art: Acclaimed international Artist Marco Cianfanelli, known for his work in South Africa’s Freedom Park, will be designing three distinct sculptures, which will be strategically placed in and around Yas Mall. The mall also features spectacular hanging paper fibre art, designed by Dutch artist Peter Gentenaar who specialises in paper art, with many of his sculptures displayed in various cities around Europe. There are also plans for temporary exhibitions to entice art aficionados.

    10) Sustainability: Yas Mall is built around green principles. 80% of steel and 50% of wood used in construction has been recycled or sustainably sourced. In addition, 20% of all materials have been procured locally.


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    Yas Mall will host over 370 retail, F&B brands and entertainment offeringsTo say we’re excited about the opening of Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi is a major understatement. The large-scale shopping centre will transform the emirate’s retail offering, with several brand new concepts being launched for the first time by leading regional and international stores.

    Yas Mall will host over 370 retail, F&B brands and entertainment offerings, all within easy reach of the capital and only 45 minutes from Dubai. Attached to the world’s largest indoor theme park Ferrari World, it completes the Yas Island proposition, which already boasts popular attractions such as Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld, Yas Links, along with a large choice of hotels. 

    Yas Mall’s developer and operator Aldar has unveiled 10 key features that AroundTheUAE.com readers can expect once the mall’s doors are finally opened next month, including “the world’s biggest rollercoaster restaurant”! Intrigued? Check the list out below:

    Yas Mall’s design is integral to the visitor experience, with a strong sense of height, light and space
    1) Accessibility: Yas Mall boasts nearly 10,000 covered parking spaces, with direct access to the highway and only five minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 15 minutes from the Abu Dhabi city centre, and 45 minutes from Dubai.  Visitors will also have easy access to other Yas Island amenities, including Ferrari World, via an elevated footbridge.

    2) Design: Yas Mall’s design is integral to the visitor experience, with a strong sense of height, light and space. A series of streets, avenues, boulevards and squares makes Yas Mall easy to navigate for visitors.

    3) Unique Store Concepts: Yas Mall aims to bring many distinctive brands under one roof.  All the stores are being encouraged to launch outlets, which are unique in design or offering.  Chalhoub Group, known for managing retail outlets and building brands, is creating their first own brand department store. The mall will also house the largest Debenhams outside of the UK in which shoppers will have access to a personal stylist.

    Visitors will also have easy access to other Yas Island amenities, including Ferrari World, via an elevated footbridge4) New Retail Brands: Yas Mall will house the first Hamley’s, Hollister, Brook’s Brothers in Abu Dhabi, and first Lego Store, standalone Under Armour store, two-level Go Sports store and Joe Fresh in UAE and the first Geant Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi. 

    5) Town Square: At the heart of Yas Mall, this central space represents the largest enclosed gathering space of any shopping centre in the Middle East, reinforcing the mall’s important role in the community. Its naturally-lit spaces surrounded by greenery and water features were specially designed to bring the outdoors indoors.


    There will be over 60 F&B outlets, including outdoor dining on Cascade Walk and cafes spilling out onto Town Square
    6) Cinema: The 20 screen Vox Cinemas will boast the biggest MAX screen in Abu Dhabi at 24.5 metres wide. Along with three Gold Cinemas, its 4DX technology will engage all five senses and make audiences feel as if they are part of the feature.

    7) F&B: There will be over 60 F&B outlets, including outdoor dining on Cascade Walk and cafes spilling out onto Town Square. Rogo’s, the world’s biggest Rollercoaster Restaurant, will break the mould on how food is served by sending orders to diners on roller coaster tracks. Other brands to look forward to include: The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs, Shakespeare and Co., Angelina, Jamba Juice, Champions League Café, Pie Face and PAUL.

    8) Entertainment: Yas Mall is a place for families to spend time together and caters to children of all ages. Offerings include the first Fun Works in the UAE, the region’s largest adventure play system, with a 60,000 square foot area dedicated to playful learning and ‘edutainment’ with activities ranging from science and arts to theatre and construction. The mall will also cater to adults looking for some active fun, with the region’s first Softair Battlezone in which they can experience the thrill of competition.

    The food court at Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall9) Art: Acclaimed international Artist Marco Cianfanelli, known for his work in South Africa’s Freedom Park, will be designing three distinct sculptures, which will be strategically placed in and around Yas Mall. The mall also features spectacular hanging paper fibre art, designed by Dutch artist Peter Gentenaar who specialises in paper art, with many of his sculptures displayed in various cities around Europe. There are also plans for temporary exhibitions to entice art aficionados.

    10) Sustainability: Yas Mall is built around green principles. 80% of steel and 50% of wood used in construction has been recycled or sustainably sourced. In addition, 20% of all materials have been procured locally.


    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Amalfi's Business Lunch Menu, created by Chef de Cuisine Pascal Sfara and the hotel’s Executive Chef Justin GaleaDemand for business lunches in Abu Dhabi seems to be increasing by the day, and restaurants are desperate to tap into the lucrative market. However, while the capital boasts a wide range of options, we’ve struggled to find a venue that offers the perfect combination of ambience, menu selection, and quality of dishes… until now!

    AroundTheUAE.com booked a table at Amalfi, located in the prestigious Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, to savour its Business Lunch Menu. The restaurant has been named after a beautiful coastal town in Italy, which is a tourism magnet for the rich and famous due to its stunning beaches, amazing weather and delicious cuisine.

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    Thankfully for Abu Dhabi residents, being rich and famous is not a prerequisite to visit the Amalfi restaurant at Le Royal Méridien, and the Business Lunch Menu, created by Chef de Cuisine Pascal Sfara and the hotel’s Executive Chef Justin Galea, offers dinners a culinary journey to its namesake town without having a book a plane ticket.

    There’s something for everyone at Amalfi in Le Royal Meridien Hotel Abu DhabiThe menu, which includes homemade pasta, wooden oven-baked pizza, freshly made bread and scrumptious desserts, is available from midday until 3pm. A two-course meal is offered for AED 90 or three-course meal for AED 120, both of which can be served within an hour. This is perfect for the corporate crowd, who might be strapped for time but want to impress a client, sign a deal, or catch up with the team.

    It’s evident that a lot of thought has gone into the menu. There’s something for everyone and the combination of flavours within each dish, while unique in many instances, perfectly complement each other. For starters, we tried the tomato soup with mascarpone cheese and basil, and moved onto the pan fried sea bass with annurca apples, sautéed spinach and candied lemon zest for mains…. delizioso!

    Amalfi in Abu Dhabi's popular Creative Tiramisu dessertFor dessert, we struggled to decide between the valrhona white chocolate panna cotta with saffron and orange blossom, and the caramelised sheets of puff pastry layered with lemon custard, black cherry and illy mocha powder… in a gluttonous move, we decided to try both, leaving us extremely full, but completely satisfied!

    In conclusion, we would happily recommend the Amalfi Business Lunch Menu and this review would not be complete with a couple of special mentions. First, the staff were friendly, polite and truly added to our experience. Second, the stylish and modern interiors are very pleasing to the eyes and made a fantastic setting for our lunch. We sat indoors, but the outdoor area is also being opened as the weather improves in the UAE, which is reason enough for us to visit again in the near future!

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    RESTAURANT REVIEW: Amalfi, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

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    Amalfi's Business Lunch Menu, created by Chef de Cuisine Pascal Sfara and the hotel’s Executive Chef Justin GaleaDemand for business lunches in Abu Dhabi seems to be increasing by the day, and restaurants are desperate to tap into the lucrative market. However, while the capital boasts a wide range of options, we’ve struggled to find a venue that offers the perfect combination of ambience, menu selection, and quality of dishes… until now!

    AroundTheUAE.com booked a table at Amalfi, located in the prestigious Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, to savour its Business Lunch Menu. The restaurant has been named after a beautiful coastal town in Italy, which is a tourism magnet for the rich and famous due to its stunning beaches, amazing weather and delicious cuisine.

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    Thankfully for Abu Dhabi residents, being rich and famous is not a prerequisite to visit the Amalfi restaurant at Le Royal Méridien, and the Business Lunch Menu, created by Chef de Cuisine Pascal Sfara and the hotel’s Executive Chef Justin Galea, offers dinners a culinary journey to its namesake town without having a book a plane ticket.

    There’s something for everyone at Amalfi in Le Royal Meridien Hotel Abu DhabiThe menu, which includes homemade pasta, wooden oven-baked pizza, freshly made bread and scrumptious desserts, is available from midday until 3pm. A two-course meal is offered for AED 90 or three-course meal for AED 120, both of which can be served within an hour. This is perfect for the corporate crowd, who might be strapped for time but want to impress a client, sign a deal, or catch up with the team.

    It’s evident that a lot of thought has gone into the menu. There’s something for everyone and the combination of flavours within each dish, while unique in many instances, perfectly complement each other. For starters, we tried the tomato soup with mascarpone cheese and basil, and moved onto the pan fried sea bass with annurca apples, sautéed spinach and candied lemon zest for mains…. delizioso!

    Amalfi in Abu Dhabi's popular Creative Tiramisu dessertFor dessert, we struggled to decide between the valrhona white chocolate panna cotta with saffron and orange blossom, and the caramelised sheets of puff pastry layered with lemon custard, black cherry and illy mocha powder… in a gluttonous move, we decided to try both, leaving us extremely full, but completely satisfied!

    In conclusion, we would happily recommend the Amalfi Business Lunch Menu and this review would not be complete with a couple of special mentions. First, the staff were friendly, polite and truly added to our experience. Second, the stylish and modern interiors are very pleasing to the eyes and made a fantastic setting for our lunch. We sat indoors, but the outdoor area is also being opened as the weather improves in the UAE, which is reason enough for us to visit again in the near future!

    MORE RESTAURANT REVIEWS: Peppermill at Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi - 

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Al Bustan Centre and Residence in Dubai recently completed an extensive AED15 million renovationAl Bustan Centre and Residence is a veteran in Dubai’s tourism scene, famed for being among the first to offer spacious hotel apartments in the emirate. However, faced with increasing competition from younger entrants in the market, the property recently completed an extensive AED15 million renovation to strengthen its offering for existing guests and broaden its appeal for a new generation of customers.

    The one-year renovation was completed in August 2014, in time for the influx of leisure and business travellers that arrive in Dubai during the peak winter season. Every single room at Al Bustan Centre and Residence – a massive 640 in total – has been completely revamped to feature modern amenities and contemporary designs.

    “The new look is more sophisticated and vibrant, on par with new and upcoming properties in the market,” Chief Operating Officer Moussa El Hayek explains to AroundTheUAE.com during our recent stay. And we have to admit, he’s got a point!

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    Located 50 metres from Al Nahda Station on the Dubai Metro (in close proximity to the airport), Al Bustan Centre and Residence should not be confused with the nearby Al Bustan Rotana. Our GPS system almost directed us to the latter, but thankfully we were soon on the right path. There were plenty of spaces available in the large car park and after walking to the lobby, we were greeted with an army of friendly staff, who were quick to welcome us, collect our luggage and assist with the check-in process.

    The hotel offers a range of studio, one bed, and two bed apartmentsThe hotel apartment can accommodate a maximum of 2,500 guests in six different blocks, which is pretty impressive! We were booked into a Club Suite, but guests are provided with a range of options, such as studio apartments measuring 350 square feet, one bedrooms measuring 750 square feet, and two bedrooms measuring a spacious 1,095 square feet, which is more than enough for a family of four.

    Each option includes a kitchenette equipped with basic appliances like a cooker, toaster and refrigerator, in addition to a dining and living room space with flat panel TV. There is WiFi coverage in the entire hotel apartment, including free connectivity in all guest rooms for daily bookings and optional connectivity for monthly and yearly stays.

    After settling into our room, it was time to explore the facilities. A major bonus with the Club Suite is complimentary access to the private lounge, where guests can relax, watch television, read the supplied newspapers or magazines, and indulge in refreshing beverages and delicious snacks. The lounge is modern, inviting and was never crowded during our stay. It was easily one of our favorite spots at the hotel.

    If you are looking for more than a snack, there are two restaurants in the hotel. We tried the buffet and a la carte options at Fountain Restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and then switched to room service for dinner, as we were impressed with the vast selection of dishes on offer. The food was enjoyable and the staff were happy to prepare dishes based on our unique requirements, which was very accommodating.

    The outdoor swimming pool is extremely popular for swimming lessons amongst local residentsIt should be noted that this is a dry hotel and alcohol is not available. We are sure this is part of the reason Al Bustan Centre & Residence is so popular amongst families, especially those from other parts of the UAE and neighboring GCC countries.

    During our tour of the hotel, we checked out the business centre and meeting rooms, and the outdoor swimming pool – the pool is extremely popular for swimming lessons amongst local residents, so if you fancy a dip, time it correctly to avoid the rush.

    Another unique touch is the fact that Al Bustan Centre and Residence is attached to a Mall, offering the convenience of onsite shopping. There are 95 outlets in total, with a nice combination of well-known brands like Paris Gallery, Damas and more. From gold to cosmetics, elegant evening gowns to colorful children’s clothing and accessories, Al Bustan Shopping Mall has plenty to help you complete the look.

    There is also a food court area which aims to provide a “feel at home” ambience, serving dishes of Arabic, International, Italian, Chinese and Oriental flavors.  The Pastry Shop, Coffee Lounge, Manakish, and Juice/Ice Cream outlets are all within close reach.

    The food court area serves dishes of Arabic, International, Italian, Chinese and Oriental flavors
    As we only stayed for one night, there was enough to keep us entertained without having to step out of the hotel. Before checking out, we visited the fitness centre, which has separate gyms, steam rooms and saunas for men and women. We indulged in a one-hour relaxation massage at the Fitness Centre, which was simple and basic, but still fairly pleasant.

    All-in-all, we enjoyed our stay and Al Bustan and Residence has definitely benefited from the recent renovation, making it a nice option in the hotel apartment category. Instead of competing with Dubai’s posh five-star hotels, the property understands the needs of its value-conscious audience and being family owed, the experience is a lot more personal. We would definitely consider staying here again in the future.

    MORE HOTEL REVIEWS: Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City - 

    HOTEL REVIEW: Al Bustan Centre and Residence, Dubai

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    Al Bustan Centre and Residence in Dubai recently completed an extensive AED15 million renovationAl Bustan Centre and Residence is a veteran in Dubai’s tourism scene, famed for being among the first to offer spacious hotel apartments in the emirate. However, faced with increasing competition from younger entrants in the market, the property recently completed an extensive AED15 million renovation to strengthen its offering for existing guests and broaden its appeal for a new generation of customers.

    The one-year renovation was completed in August 2014, in time for the influx of leisure and business travellers that arrive in Dubai during the peak winter season. Every single room at Al Bustan Centre and Residence – a massive 640 in total – has been completely revamped to feature modern amenities and contemporary designs.

    “The new look is more sophisticated and vibrant, on par with new and upcoming properties in the market,” Chief Operating Officer Moussa El Hayek explains to AroundTheUAE.com during our recent stay. And we have to admit, he’s got a point!

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    Located 50 metres from Al Nahda Station on the Dubai Metro (in close proximity to the airport), Al Bustan Centre and Residence should not be confused with the nearby Al Bustan Rotana. Our GPS system almost directed us to the latter, but thankfully we were soon on the right path. There were plenty of spaces available in the large car park and after walking to the lobby, we were greeted with an army of friendly staff, who were quick to welcome us, collect our luggage and assist with the check-in process.

    The hotel offers a range of studio, one bed, and two bed apartmentsThe hotel apartment can accommodate a maximum of 2,500 guests in six different blocks, which is pretty impressive! We were booked into a Club Suite, but guests are provided with a range of options, such as studio apartments measuring 350 square feet, one bedrooms measuring 750 square feet, and two bedrooms measuring a spacious 1,095 square feet, which is more than enough for a family of four.

    Each option includes a kitchenette equipped with basic appliances like a cooker, toaster and refrigerator, in addition to a dining and living room space with flat panel TV. There is WiFi coverage in the entire hotel apartment, including free connectivity in all guest rooms for daily bookings and optional connectivity for monthly and yearly stays.

    After settling into our room, it was time to explore the facilities. A major bonus with the Club Suite is complimentary access to the private lounge, where guests can relax, watch television, read the supplied newspapers or magazines, and indulge in refreshing beverages and delicious snacks. The lounge is modern, inviting and was never crowded during our stay. It was easily one of our favorite spots at the hotel.

    If you are looking for more than a snack, there are two restaurants in the hotel. We tried the buffet and a la carte options at Fountain Restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and then switched to room service for dinner, as we were impressed with the vast selection of dishes on offer. The food was enjoyable and the staff were happy to prepare dishes based on our unique requirements, which was very accommodating.

    The outdoor swimming pool is extremely popular for swimming lessons amongst local residentsIt should be noted that this is a dry hotel and alcohol is not available. We are sure this is part of the reason Al Bustan Centre & Residence is so popular amongst families, especially those from other parts of the UAE and neighboring GCC countries.

    During our tour of the hotel, we checked out the business centre and meeting rooms, and the outdoor swimming pool – the pool is extremely popular for swimming lessons amongst local residents, so if you fancy a dip, time it correctly to avoid the rush.

    Another unique touch is the fact that Al Bustan Centre and Residence is attached to a Mall, offering the convenience of onsite shopping. There are 95 outlets in total, with a nice combination of well-known brands like Paris Gallery, Damas and more. From gold to cosmetics, elegant evening gowns to colorful children’s clothing and accessories, Al Bustan Shopping Mall has plenty to help you complete the look.

    There is also a food court area which aims to provide a “feel at home” ambience, serving dishes of Arabic, International, Italian, Chinese and Oriental flavors.  The Pastry Shop, Coffee Lounge, Manakish, and Juice/Ice Cream outlets are all within close reach.

    The food court area serves dishes of Arabic, International, Italian, Chinese and Oriental flavors
    As we only stayed for one night, there was enough to keep us entertained without having to step out of the hotel. Before checking out, we visited the fitness centre, which has separate gyms, steam rooms and saunas for men and women. We indulged in a one-hour relaxation massage at the Fitness Centre, which was simple and basic, but still fairly pleasant.

    All-in-all, we enjoyed our stay and Al Bustan and Residence has definitely benefited from the recent renovation, making it a nice option in the hotel apartment category. Instead of competing with Dubai’s posh five-star hotels, the property understands the needs of its value-conscious audience and being family owed, the experience is a lot more personal. We would definitely consider staying here again in the future.

    MORE HOTEL REVIEWS: Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City - 

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    AroundTheUAE.com is a social media success!Our social media follow has been increasing at a really fast pace since the launch of AroundTheUAE.com and we would like to thank our followers on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!

    It’s great to connect with our readers through these platforms and in celebration of our social media success, we will soon host some exciting competitions, allowing you to win hotel stays, restaurant visits, spa treatments and more.

    If you have not followed us, click on the links above, so that you’re in with a chance to win! And please spread the word with your family and friends, so that they are also connected with aroundtheuae.com.

    Watch this space for our next review, coming soon. And if you would like our team to review anything in particular, please get in touch by emailing aroundtheuae@gmail.com.

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    AroundTheUAE.com is a social media success!Our social media follow has been increasing at a really fast pace since the launch of AroundTheUAE.com and we would like to thank our followers on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!

    It’s great to connect with our readers through these platforms and in celebration of our social media success, we will soon host some exciting competitions, allowing you to win hotel stays, restaurant visits, spa treatments and more.

    If you have not followed us, click on the links above, so that you’re in with a chance to win! And please spread the word with your family and friends, so that they are also connected with aroundtheuae.com.

    Watch this space for our next review, coming soon. And if you would like our team to review anything in particular, please get in touch by emailing aroundtheuae@gmail.com.

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Millennium Plaza Hotel is located on the Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Towers side of Sheikh Zayed RoadOur past recommendations for a staycation within the UAE have received an amazing response, so AroundTheUAE.com decided to extend its series with a brand new review. This time around, we stayed at the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai, a five-star property we have driven past a million times before while zipping up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, but never actually visited... Until now!

    The hotel is located right opposite the Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Towers side of Sheikh Zayed Road – in fact, you literally step out of Dubai Metro’s Emirates Towers station and the hotel entrance is there, which is a boon for those looking to explore the emirate without the hassle of driving and parking in such a busy city.

    We arrived with great expectations, as the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai was recently honoured at the World Travel Awards 2014 as Dubai's Leading City Business Hotel, which is quite an achievement considering the huge amount of competition in the market. However, were our expectations met? Well, the hotel’s valet and check-in services were a breeze and the onsite staff appeared to be a friendly and helpful bunch, which is always a good start!

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    Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai offers 398 rooms and suites in total, spread over 39 floors. The building is actually 65-storeys, but the hotel rooms start from the 26th floor and last until the final 65th floor, which means there are unobstructed views of Dubai from each and every room, overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road, Zabeel Palace, Dubai Creek and Jumeirah beach.

    There are four restaurants and cafes on offer at Millennium Plaza HotelOptions range from the 34m² Superior Rooms to the 101m² Deluxe Suite, depending on your tastes and requirements. Standard features include the usual tea and coffee maker, large screen television with multiple channels, hair dryer, safe and air conditioning system – basically everything you would expect from a five-star hotel. We selected the Executive Suite, which provided more than enough space for our group of two adults and one small child. The décor and furnishing was top notch, offering a luxurious but homely environment.

    After unpacking, we decided to explore the facilities, which include the Club Lounge (exclusive for Club Rooms guests), and the Infinity Health Club & Spa, which has its own gymnasium, swimming pool and spa with relaxation room, sauna and steam. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to try out these facilities, especially as the summer weather was a little too hot for swimming, but hopefully next time. There is also a business centre and conference facilities on offer, which we’re told are popular with the business community.

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    After touring the hotel, we had one thing on our mind… let’s eat! There are four restaurants and cafes on offer and guests can take their pick from Metro (international buffet), Al Mashrbia (local and mandi cuisines), Atrium Café (hot and cold drinks and snacks on the lobby level), and Infinity Pool Lounge (mocktails, juices and light snacks on the rooftop).

    Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai offers 398 rooms and suites in total, spread over 39 floorsWe visited Al Mashrbia for dinner and were impressed by the Arabic dishes on offer, such as Chicken Makboos, Harris, Mix Grill, Kabab Kofta and of course Mandi, to name a few. The next day, we want to Metro for breakfast and again the selection was generous and the staff even prepared some dishes we requested that weren’t part of the buffet – a nice touch!

    As usual with a weekend break, our stay at the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai was over too soon. We had a very pleasant experience and hope to return in the future, and also try out their other properties in the UAE, such as Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi, Grand Millennium Al Wahda and Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai – watch this space for those reviews soon!

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    HOTEL REVIEW: Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai

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    Millennium Plaza Hotel is located on the Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Towers side of Sheikh Zayed RoadOur past recommendations for a staycation within the UAE have received an amazing response, so AroundTheUAE.com decided to extend its series with a brand new review. This time around, we stayed at the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai, a five-star property we have driven past a million times before while zipping up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, but never actually visited... Until now!

    The hotel is located right opposite the Dubai International Financial Centre and Emirates Towers side of Sheikh Zayed Road – in fact, you literally step out of Dubai Metro’s Emirates Towers station and the hotel entrance is there, which is a boon for those looking to explore the emirate without the hassle of driving and parking in such a busy city.

    We arrived with great expectations, as the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai was recently honoured at the World Travel Awards 2014 as Dubai's Leading City Business Hotel, which is quite an achievement considering the huge amount of competition in the market. However, were our expectations met? Well, the hotel’s valet and check-in services were a breeze and the onsite staff appeared to be a friendly and helpful bunch, which is always a good start!

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    Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai offers 398 rooms and suites in total, spread over 39 floors. The building is actually 65-storeys, but the hotel rooms start from the 26th floor and last until the final 65th floor, which means there are unobstructed views of Dubai from each and every room, overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road, Zabeel Palace, Dubai Creek and Jumeirah beach.

    There are four restaurants and cafes on offer at Millennium Plaza HotelOptions range from the 34m² Superior Rooms to the 101m² Deluxe Suite, depending on your tastes and requirements. Standard features include the usual tea and coffee maker, large screen television with multiple channels, hair dryer, safe and air conditioning system – basically everything you would expect from a five-star hotel. We selected the Executive Suite, which provided more than enough space for our group of two adults and one small child. The décor and furnishing was top notch, offering a luxurious but homely environment.

    After unpacking, we decided to explore the facilities, which include the Club Lounge (exclusive for Club Rooms guests), and the Infinity Health Club & Spa, which has its own gymnasium, swimming pool and spa with relaxation room, sauna and steam. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to try out these facilities, especially as the summer weather was a little too hot for swimming, but hopefully next time. There is also a business centre and conference facilities on offer, which we’re told are popular with the business community.

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    After touring the hotel, we had one thing on our mind… let’s eat! There are four restaurants and cafes on offer and guests can take their pick from Metro (international buffet), Al Mashrbia (local and mandi cuisines), Atrium Café (hot and cold drinks and snacks on the lobby level), and Infinity Pool Lounge (mocktails, juices and light snacks on the rooftop).

    Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai offers 398 rooms and suites in total, spread over 39 floorsWe visited Al Mashrbia for dinner and were impressed by the Arabic dishes on offer, such as Chicken Makboos, Harris, Mix Grill, Kabab Kofta and of course Mandi, to name a few. The next day, we want to Metro for breakfast and again the selection was generous and the staff even prepared some dishes we requested that weren’t part of the buffet – a nice touch!

    As usual with a weekend break, our stay at the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai was over too soon. We had a very pleasant experience and hope to return in the future, and also try out their other properties in the UAE, such as Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi, Grand Millennium Al Wahda and Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai – watch this space for those reviews soon!

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    Friday, July 4, 2014

    There are 167 hotel apartments at Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media CitySometimes it takes a bad hotel experience to better appreciate the good. That was the case with our recent stay at Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City, which followed a mediocre (at best) night elsewhere in the emirate. At least with the Arjaan branded properties that AroundTheUAE.com has reviewed in the past, we’ve consistently had a pleasant time, and thankfully the Dubai Media City hotel didn’t let us down either.

    Finding the hotel is a breeze. It has a great location in the heart of media city, which will appeal to the business market, while leisure travellers will also be attracted to the fact that Dubai Marina and JBR are only a stone’s throw away, and even Palm Jumeirah, Mall of the Emirates and other Sheikh Zayed Road attractions are nearby.

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    Upon arrival, our car was swiftly handed to the valet team, while our luggage was loaded onto a cart and taken to the front desk, open 24-hours-a-day, from where guests can check into their rooms and even arrange their dry cleaning / laundry.

    Arjaan DMC has a great location in the heart of Dubai Media CityIn total, there are 167 hotel apartments at Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City, with options ranging from the 65sqm classic one-bedroom apartment to the 182sqm deluxe three-bedroom apartment. Regardless of which one you choose, a substantial range of common features is offered, including kitchenette (with a full size refrigerator, cooker, washer & dryer, and microwave), complimentary tea and coffee making facility, en-suite bathrooms in every room (with bathrobes and hair dryer), LCD multi-channel satellite televisions, and high-speed WIFI internet connection.

    We stayed in a deluxe two-bedroom apartment and were pleasantly surprised by the ample space on offer. As a couple with one small child, we loved the generous size and the tasteful Moroccan/Moorish style décor. We were famished after arrival and tried the ‘Arabesqué’ restaurant for dinner, which had enough variety to keep the entire family happy. Service was great, and the food, while falling short of being outstanding, was above average. Ditto for their breakfast and Friday brunch.

    If you fancy something different, in-room dining is available 24/7 and guests can also dine at the ‘Veranda’ poolside snack bar, located next to the hotel’s temperature-controlled outdoor adult and kids swimming pools and Bodylines health and fitness centre. What’s more, the building even has its own separate food court and souk, where you will find a small bank, barber shop, beauty salon, mini-market and more.

    Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City gets our stamp of approval for those staying with families or wanting the extra spaceOf course, a staycation in Dubai is not complete without exploring the local hotspots. To utilise its great location, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus to Riva Beach Club on the Palm Jumeirah, together with a free pick-up and drop-off to Mall of the Emirates. It’s also close to the Dubai Metro, so getting around is not an issue.

    All-in-all, this was another great experience at one of Rotana’s Arjaan properties and gets our stamp of approval for those staying with families or wanting the extra space. We definitely look forward to staying there once again in the future.  If you want to find out more about the hotel, click here to visit their website.

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    HOTEL REVIEW: Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City

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    There are 167 hotel apartments at Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media CitySometimes it takes a bad hotel experience to better appreciate the good. That was the case with our recent stay at Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City, which followed a mediocre (at best) night elsewhere in the emirate. At least with the Arjaan branded properties that AroundTheUAE.com has reviewed in the past, we’ve consistently had a pleasant time, and thankfully the Dubai Media City hotel didn’t let us down either.

    Finding the hotel is a breeze. It has a great location in the heart of media city, which will appeal to the business market, while leisure travellers will also be attracted to the fact that Dubai Marina and JBR are only a stone’s throw away, and even Palm Jumeirah, Mall of the Emirates and other Sheikh Zayed Road attractions are nearby.

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    Upon arrival, our car was swiftly handed to the valet team, while our luggage was loaded onto a cart and taken to the front desk, open 24-hours-a-day, from where guests can check into their rooms and even arrange their dry cleaning / laundry.

    Arjaan DMC has a great location in the heart of Dubai Media CityIn total, there are 167 hotel apartments at Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City, with options ranging from the 65sqm classic one-bedroom apartment to the 182sqm deluxe three-bedroom apartment. Regardless of which one you choose, a substantial range of common features is offered, including kitchenette (with a full size refrigerator, cooker, washer & dryer, and microwave), complimentary tea and coffee making facility, en-suite bathrooms in every room (with bathrobes and hair dryer), LCD multi-channel satellite televisions, and high-speed WIFI internet connection.

    We stayed in a deluxe two-bedroom apartment and were pleasantly surprised by the ample space on offer. As a couple with one small child, we loved the generous size and the tasteful Moroccan/Moorish style décor. We were famished after arrival and tried the ‘Arabesqué’ restaurant for dinner, which had enough variety to keep the entire family happy. Service was great, and the food, while falling short of being outstanding, was above average. Ditto for their breakfast and Friday brunch.

    If you fancy something different, in-room dining is available 24/7 and guests can also dine at the ‘Veranda’ poolside snack bar, located next to the hotel’s temperature-controlled outdoor adult and kids swimming pools and Bodylines health and fitness centre. What’s more, the building even has its own separate food court and souk, where you will find a small bank, barber shop, beauty salon, mini-market and more.

    Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City gets our stamp of approval for those staying with families or wanting the extra spaceOf course, a staycation in Dubai is not complete without exploring the local hotspots. To utilise its great location, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus to Riva Beach Club on the Palm Jumeirah, together with a free pick-up and drop-off to Mall of the Emirates. It’s also close to the Dubai Metro, so getting around is not an issue.

    All-in-all, this was another great experience at one of Rotana’s Arjaan properties and gets our stamp of approval for those staying with families or wanting the extra space. We definitely look forward to staying there once again in the future.  If you want to find out more about the hotel, click here to visit their website.

    ALSO READ: Our hotel review of BurJuman Arjaan By Rotana, Dubai!

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