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Anantara Opens Dubai Resort on World Islands

Anantara Hotels has announced a new addition to its Middle East portfolio, the ninth from the luxury brand in the region, including six in the United Arab Emirates.

Anantara Hotels has announced  a new addition to its Middle East portfolio, the ninth from the luxury brand in the region, including six in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is on every luxury traveler’s radar, as one of the only places in Asia that accepts travelers without quarantine, and the new Anantara hotel is on the famed “World Islands”.

“Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort will be the first hotel to open on this archipelago, offering guests a truly memorable escape just off the coast of Dubai,” says Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, parent company of Anantara. “Showcasing Anantara’s authentic luxury while maintaining a tropical island vibe, the resort is a unique proposition for this location. Guests will be able to experience the wonder of Dubai and the ambiance of an island sanctuary, all in this stunning new Anantara resort”

Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort is in the final stages of development in the World Islands archipelago, located in the Arabian Gulf, approximately four kilometers off the coast of Dubai in the UAE. The new resort is the first hotel in the South American continent of the World Islands development. The island will be completely dedicated to the resort, with guests able to access by boat in just 15 minutes from the jetty at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.

As a destination, Dubai has never looked better, with the (very) belated Expo 2020 set to take off on October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Continuing the tradition that began in London in 1851, the Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo in the Middle East. This event will bring travelers the City of the Future concept through food, art, and innovation, with unmissable features such as the world’s largest passenger lift, endless gardens of Jubilee Park, and the future of dining from things like aerogel meringues and bioluminescent jellyfish.

Address Beach Resort infinity pool rendering

Anantara isn’t the only luxury brand optimistic about Dubai; Address Beach Resort from Emaar Hospitality Group announced the opening of its Guiness World Record setting hotel late last year. The 77-floor twin towers will be connected with the tallest inhabited skybridge in the world and is a candidate for the highest infinity pool, edging out Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The Anantara property will feature 70 keys comprising suites, beach and pool villas. Villas will have a private pool, an outdoor dining area and direct access to the beach, making the perfect retreat for families and couples. In-room spa treatments, a gym and a kid’s club will also be part of the new resort’s amenities. Flora and fauna are abundant on the island, so it is truly a place to escape the city and immerse in nature. 

Dining options will include a Mediterranean al fresco restaurant and Arabic-Indian specialty dining, perfect for romantic dinners and offering barbecues on the beach. In addition, freshly caught seafood will be prepared by a talented in-house team of chefs who will bring the finest fare to the island. A stylish bar lounge will offer magnificent panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, including the famous landmarks Burj Khalifa and Burj al Arab, even more special at sunset.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s capital neighbor in the UAE, is also seeing some new changes. Miral in partnership with SeaWorld announced significant progress on the construction of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, the next generation of marine life theme parks and Yas Island’s latest mega-development. 

Promotional image from SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

“Anantara is one of the world’s most prestigious luxury hotel brands, which is already well established in Dubai and the UAE,” says Abdulla bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides Limited, added. “Seven Tides and Anantara are further strengthening our relationship with this exciting new venture on the World Islands, representing a new milestone in hospitality and for the city.”