Inspired by the tradition of Emirati traders welcoming travelers into their homes, Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah is a new charming hotel waiting to be discovered in the heart of old-Dubai. Located in Al Seef, a bustling destination on the south banks of Dubai Creek, Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah is spread across 10 clusters of Arabian Bayts (homes), tucked away amidst the rooftops and courtyards of a souk, offering guests tales of history and culture at every turn.
The Arabian Bayts of the Al Seef Hotel By Jumeirah provide areas of personal peacefulness interspersed amongst the vibrant walkways within the hotel grounds – very much like the old neighborhoods of decades passed. Further traditions of Emirati culture come to life behind the rough plastered walls, such as palm frond motifs, and wooden ceilings and windows with traditional wooden panels that offer views of the winding outdoor alleyways of the souk or out across to the busy waterways of the Creek.
The interiors of the rooms and suites reflect an age of pearl trading and Emirati crafts, with a color palette inspired by the UAE’s natural environment. Historical artifacts adorn the walls, with furnishings including old style light switches, rotary dial phones, hanging oil lanterns and framed photographs of the souk and creek through the years – a visual exploration of the heritage of Arabia.
Only 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, and with direct links to Dubai Water Taxi and traditional abras, Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah offers guests the opportunity to experience the Dubai’s past within an environment that is quiet, peaceful and filled with design and traditions of an era gone by. The hotel is located in a part of Dubai known for its historical creek (which still serves as an important trade hub), for the winding alleyways, cafes, and courtyards of Al Fahidi historical neighborhood and for the Spice, Textile and Gold Souks.
The location offers curious travelers a chance to immerse themselves in the city’s proud history and rediscover its vibrant past through the museums, galleries, souks, traditional dhows, and architecture. Visit the quaint Arabian Tea House Café, historic Dubai Museum and 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort; travel across the Creek on a conventional Abra ride; or attend events such as the Sikka Art Fair, a weeklong event which is part of a two month city-wide celebration of arts and culture (hosted by Dubai Culture), taking place across March and April every year.
Guests can also visit the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, established by His Highness, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to showcase the traditions and customs of the UAE through various offerings such as a traditional Emirati breakfast, national day celebrations, cultural interactions, and Q&A sessions.
The hotel’s dedicated staff will provide advice on undiscovered places to see and authentic experiences and traditional shops and restaurants to visit; just as traders would have done in the past, but with a touch of the Jumeirah Group award-winning hospitality.
Alessandro Cabella, whose role as Area General Manager for Jumeirah Group includes the new hotel tells us: “Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah is a real passion project. Everyone involved in bringing this idea to fruition has been inspired by the prospect of offering our guests a unique and authentic experience inspired by the stories of Arabia. Everything within the property adds to the authenticity of the environment and experience, providing multiple opportunities for beautiful photographs, quiet nooks to relax and spaces to feel as if you have been swept away to a well-preserved gem of the past while still enjoying the modern-day comforts of our quality service”. – GM