The rainforest experience

Rosemon ProjectThe development will have a sky lobby and sky pool l Image Credit: ZAS Group

Soon it will be possible to enjoy all sorts of weather situations in Dubai: Return from a four-wheel drive trip in the desert, then enjoy artificial snowfall at the indoor ski slope at the Mall of the Emirates and, eventually check-in a new luxury hotel in Tecom where you can indulge in a swim at an artificial beach embedded in a tropical rainforest landscape that rebuilds the humid atmosphere of a deep jungle — all this in the centre of a vibrant city and with a breathtaking view of Dubai’s hypermodern skyline.

We are talking of the Rosemont Hotel and Residences, a flashy complex that will comprise of two 47-storey towers encompassing a hotel with 448 rooms, 280 serviced apartments, a sky lobby and sky pool, a spa and health club and plenty of restaurants and, well, a 7,000-square metre outdoor rainforest plus beach at the top of the podium.

“Our vision is to bring a technologically advanced, family-focused development to Dubai’s ultra-luxury market,” explains DJ Armin, Managing Partner in the Dubai office of Canada-based architectural firm ZAS Group. ZAS Group is creating the $450 million (Dh1.6 billion) project for its client Royal International Co, a Saudi investment holding, after winning an international competition. The project is the first involving Royal International Co’s new global brand. The hotel, however, will be operated by Hilton Worldwide under the Curio — A Collection by Hilton brand in the UAE.

The development will rise at a 13,000 square metre site alongside Dubai’s main thoroughfare Shaikh Zayed Road in the city’s prestigious Al Thanyah district in the Tecom free zone, with the closest Metro station being Dubai Internet City Metro Station. Groundworks are about to begin shortly. At completion, the two towers will boast a total of 105,000 square metres gross floor area. ZAS Group as development and project manager, lead consultant and design architect cooperates with German architectural consultancy Kieferle & Partner, and the main contractor is Abu Dhabi-based Civil Engineering & Contracting.

DJ Armin of ZAS Group, who is in charge of design of the project and the management of a team of design professionals, visual artists and project administrators, says that “technology, lighting, innovation and eye-catching elements” are part of the design “to evoke curiosity” for the building complex. “Inside, entertainment features include laser frenzy, cosmic golf, LED-illuminated steel slides, atomic rush, environment simulators, bowling alleys, climbing parks and trampoline parks,” he says. “Outside, elements include aqua play, a splash pool, an adventure playground and a bike track on the podium roof.”

The highlight remains, of course, the aforementioned 7000-square metre outdoor rainforest which will include an artificial beach with a rainforest stream, a so-called lazy river.

“Few developments in Dubai offer year-round outdoor space that can compete with harsh summer temperatures. This is one of the project’s core amenity features,” says DJ Armin.

“This development marks an evolution in the city’s luxury market with its location and show-stopping design and decor,” he adds.

In terms of aesthetics, the architecture of the two towers aims at capturing a contemporary Dubai and reflecting a modern city where innovative development shapes the destination. Set against the backdrop of an ever-evolving skyline, the design wants to give a nod to the urban pulse with unexpected elements and flashes of bold colour, as the design firm puts it.

With regards to the hotel, Hilton has taken over the helm. “We have received an influx of interest from owners in the Middle East seeking to create a unique hotel experience underpinned by the reassurance of Hilton,” says Dianna Vaughan, global head for Hilton’s Curio — A Collection by Hilton brand. “The Rosemont Hotel & Residences is a perfect match for our collection, and we are delighted to count Dubai as a destination for our rapidly growing global set of distinctive hotels.”

The hotel, as an ultra-luxury five-star facility, is certainly designed with some sort of opulence. Guests are welcomed on the ground floor by robotic luggage handling and hi-tech projection surfaces before being escorted to the sky lobby, reception and check-in on the 26th floor. The lobby hosts the so-called sky pool, a ten-meter cantilevered, zero-edge, partial glass-bottom pool that is star-lit from below mimicking the night sky. A deck and pool bar is also part of the area, while a spa and health club is connected to the sky pool. Another highlight of the hotel is its roof-top lounge bar on the 46th floor. Who needs to do business, will find events space and meeting rooms for up to 500 people at the 3rd floor.

Guests will probably also be surprised by another, quite unique feature: A robotic room service in combination with drink-making machines. And it wouldn’t be Dubai if the hotel wouldn’t boast a presidential suite with floor space of about 580 square metres, hosting an aquarium, private pool with jacuzzi and aqua massage, a spa with private treatment rooms, a hammam, an ice room and a wealth of other amenities.

In turn, the serviced apartment part of the development comprises of 280 fully furnished residences situated within a luxurious hotel-like environment. The apartment lobby is situated on the 25th floor and is connected to the skypool area of the hotel. Elevated entrances for both the hotel and serviced apartments lobbies feature 3D-animated projected ceilings, green walls and dynamic surfaces. For the investor, Royal International Co, the towers are meant to become the “ultimate destination for the multitude of families with diverse nationalities” who visit Dubai each year.

“Royal International aims to bring Dubai an exclusive, family-oriented home-away from-home,” the company said in a statement, adding that “amenities are family-focused, including a destination indoor-outdoor entertainment centre elevated against the background of Dubai’s skyline, soaring sky lobbies for guest check-in, as well as a zero-edged pool with bottomless glass all overlooking the Gulf.”

Principal design and planning of the Rosemont development began in February 2015, the brand symbol for Rosemont was registered by Royal International Co in October 2015, and it is expected to be completed in 2018.

High-end luxury for families

What are the overall costs of the development and who are the investors?
The overall cost of the development is $450 million (Dh1.6 billion). The project is solely financed by our client Royal International Co.

When is the date of completion and handover?
We are planning to complete the project in June 2018.

Who are the client groups you are targeting as hotels guests and residents?
It is a high-end luxury hotel designed for families, so this is our target group as guests and residents.

Why did you choose the location in Tecom?
Because it is a prime central location on Shaikh Zayed Road which is the main artery of Dubai. Also, the Tecom area currently does not have a high-end hotel like Rosemont. Our hotel will be a value addition to the area and will act as a driver for its development.

Will you deploy any ecologically innovative or sustainable technologies such as energy saving facades or recycling systems when building the towers?
Certainly. Condensate water from air handling units will be used for irrigation and also to create mist for the rainforest effect. We will also be deploying energy recovery from exhaust air and demand-controlled ventilation for densely occupied areas.

Are you pursuing other future projects in Dubai, the UAE or the wider Middle East?
ZAS Dubai has been actively involved in the Middle East and North Africa and the Central Asian region with various projects since 2005. ZAS Canada has been active in the North America region for over 30 years. In addition to the Rosemont Hotel & Residence project in Dubai, our client Royal International Co. together with ZAS Group is planning to build Rosemont Hotels at various locations in these regions.

Source: Amo Maierbrugger, Special to Property WeeklyPW


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