Bar Salaam Dubai Creek Hotel & Spa

Bar Salaam Dubai Creek Hotel & Spa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

LOCATION
Map of Umm Al Quwain

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Project Facts

Project Bar Salaam Hotel Resort 
Client Dubai Municipality 
Built-Up-Area N/a 
Services Master Planning, Architectural Design Concept, Interior Design Concept, Landscape Design Concept 
Status Paused 
Budget US$110 Million

Project Features

Guest Rooms 200 Executive Rooms, 50 club rooms with a dedicated Club Lounge and 25 Family Suites.
Hotel Male Majlis, Female Majlis, Museum, Business Centre, separate Ladies’ Gym, and a Men’s Gym, Back of House areas including Service areas and stores and Administration Offices.
Dining 4 Restaurants, a 24-hour Coffee Shop, a Juice Bar serviced by one central kitchen and two satellite kitchens.
Conference 2 Multi-purpose Ballrooms/ Conference venues complete with MICE facilities with seating capacity of 350 and 250 each (banquet style).
Day Spa with 10 Single Treatment Rooms for a number of therapies.
Parking Below ground Parking for 300 cars.
Staff Accommodation On-site Staff accommodation for 100 staff.

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The proposed Bar Salaam Dubai Creek Hotel & Spa development in Dubai occupies one of the most historically significant location in the city. Situated between the historical areas of the Bastakiya and Shindagha (now fully restored), the site is a stones-throw distance to the (now restored to a museum) the house of the first ruler of Dubai, the late HH Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. The design brief called for the design of a new five-star hotel that must integrate into the existing urban plan and character while offering complete amenities an international five-star hotel. Furthermore, the hotel must be designed in a manner to attract tourism into the adjacent historical area and the nearby Bastakiya district and encourage the area to be enjoyed by the public. The design should attempt at ‘bringing life into the Shindagha district’.

CHALLENGE

proposal

The sensitive nature of the site demands an appropriately sensitive design solution, one that respects the culture, traditions and architecture of Dubai’s history. With this in mind, many limitations are apparent that will direct the design of the hotel including the spatial arrangements and the scale of the buildings. The area where the site is located can be accessed by the car, boat ad by foot. The immediate site is accessible by foot on three sides whiles vehicular access is limited to one side only. This immediately poses limitations regarding site access by hotels guests, conference attendees and for services.

The competition-winning design proposal offers a five-star hotel resort development that offers all the services guests would expect in an architectural skin that blends seamlessly in these historical quarters.

Extensive studies were commissioned to understand traffic flows, urban fabric, noise and character. Consequentially, the proposed design breaks down the resort into a number of traditional courtyard styled buildings of the same scale as the surroundings, connected by covered walkways, and further interconnected with covered piazzas – on an underlying pattern that is ‘lifted’ from the surrounding urban flow lines. In some areas, these ‘flow lines’ are translated into wadis and falajs onto which the guest rooms open onto, while providing vistas into the resort from the surrounding. These water-ways hinge the project further into the context, as the site was once marshlands.

The master plan weaves in and out of the surrounding, sometimes pushing the resort into the surrounding, at others, pulling the surroundings into the resort thus diffusing the boundary of the proposed development and the old. Access is allowed to and from the surroundings in key strategic locations through security controlled access point for the guest without compromising the security of the resort and its residents.

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We have 30 years of experience in designing award-winning architecture

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Location

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

PROJECT FACTS

Project Bar Salaam Hotel Resort 
Client Dubai Municipality 
Built-Up-Area N/a 
Services Master Planning, Architectural Design Concept, Interior Design Concept, Landscape Design Concept 
Status Paused 
Budget US$110 Million

PROJECT FEATURES

Guest Rooms 200 Executive Rooms, 50 club rooms with a dedicated Club Lounge and 25 Family Suites.
Hotel Male Majlis, Female Majlis, Museum, Business Centre, separate Ladies’ Gym, and a Men’s Gym, Back of House areas including Service areas and stores and Administration Offices.
Dining 4 Restaurants, a 24-hour Coffee Shop, a Juice Bar serviced by one central kitchen and two satellite kitchens.
Conference 2 Multi-purpose Ballrooms/ Conference venues complete with MICE facilities with seating capacity of 350 and 250 each (banquet style).
Day Spa with 10 Single Treatment Rooms for a number of therapies.
Parking Below ground Parking for 300 cars.
Staff Accommodation On-site Staff accommodation for 100 staff.

proposal

The competition-winning design proposal offers a five-star hotel resort development that offers all the services guests would expect in an architectural skin that blends seamlessly in these historical quarters.

Extensive studies were commissioned to understand traffic flows, urban fabric, noise and character. Consequentially, the proposed design breaks down the resort into a number of traditional courtyard styled buildings of the same scale as the surroundings, connected by covered walkways, and further interconnected with covered piazzas – on an underlying pattern that is ‘lifted’ from the surrounding urban flow lines. In some areas, these ‘flow lines’ are translated into wadis and falajs onto which the guest rooms open onto, while providing vistas into the resort from the surrounding. These water-ways hinge the project further into the context, as the site was once marshlands.

The master plan weaves in and out of the surrounding, sometimes pushing the resort into the surrounding, at others, pulling the surroundings into the resort thus diffusing the boundary of the proposed development and the old. Access is allowed to and from the surroundings in key strategic locations through security controlled access point for the guest without compromising the security of the resort and its residents. Meanwhile. each of the elevations of the resort address its neighbour. The Creek side allows guest to arrive via boat, the main entrance is pulled back and sheltered from the main road to allow guests some respite from the noisy and congested area and third side acts as a buffer between the proposed market and the resort; the street level houses the staff quarters while the upper floor houses guest rooms with a view of the proposed market.

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WAEL SAMIH AL KAYYALLI

With over 40 years of experience in project and construction management across the region, Al-Kayyalli has worked in senior-management level roles with some of the biggest real-estate development companies across the Gulf region.

Specialised in working on complete project lifecycle, Al-Kayyalli’s has wide-reaching experience in all stages of project development and delivery ranging from initial preliminary and feasibility studies, financial and time planning, costing and procurement, value engineering, construction supervision and management to commissioning and testing before final handover.

Before joining Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, Al Kayyalli was the CEO of the Saudi Qitaf al Ardah Development Real Estate Co. (Al Nahda & Al Omar Group) where he re-structured the company to fully develop in-house turnkey developments through the establishment of an in-house project management and procurement office.

Prior to which, he was the Vice President Project Management and Engineering of Al-Oula International-Amar International Real Estate where Al Kayyalli successfully implemented major investment programs for the firm’s operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as turnkey solutions tailored to the findings of market analysis studies.

Earlier, Al-Kayyali was the Director of Development & Project Management for Al-Nahdi Group (KSA) and KCMCC(Kuwait Commercial Market Company), and Director/ Construction Manager for a number of key contracting firms including Al-Jafr Trading and Contracting Co. (KSA), Ali & Fouad Al-Ghanim Co. (Kuwait), Al-Habtoor Engineering (UAE), Al-Muhairy Contracting Co. (UAE) and Al-Hani Construction & Trading Bureau (Kuwait).

RULA HANNOUN

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rula Hannoun completed her undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1979 prior to completing her postgraduate MBA (Finance) at the Manchester School of Business in 1981.

Hannoun’s professional career began at the First National Bank of Chicago, Corporate Finance division before moving to Project Finance, Oil and Gas. As the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas division for EMEA at 26, Hannoun became the youngest Vice President in the history of the bank.

After marrying and relocating to Dubai, Hannoun left the banking sector in 1985 to raise her family. She resumed her professional career in the mid-90s as Advisor to the Economic Department of Dubai, spearheading the establishment of Dubai Internet City – the second and one of the most successful free zones in Dubai.

With an inherent passion of architecture and design and a key eye for business, in 1999 Hannoun established the firm Tala Furniture, dedicated to providing quality furniture to the booming hospitality sector across the Gulf and North Africa. Nearly two decades later the company is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of complete hotel interior products, operates 3 factories in CEBU, China and Indonesia and boasts over 120 professional staff focused on project management, technical services, manufacturing, sourcing and quality control.

A member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and an active fundraiser, Hannoun has dedicated much of her personal life to raising awareness for children with special needs. She was instrumental in the establishment of Asseef School (Dubai Centre for Special Needs) in the late 80s, the first special needs school in Dubai to receive funding from the late HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and remains equally diligent in her quest today, to protect the rights of the children without a voice.

RASHID TAQUI

With near 30 years of experience in the design, management and delivery of complex architectural projects, Rashid Taqui’s portfolio spans multiple sectors in Australia, Greece, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the UAE.

Taqui has a Master’s in International Architecture Studies from the University of Huddersfield (UK), and two theses to his credit: The UAE – Searching for a Lost Identity, and The National Museum in Al Ain, UAE.

Starting his career in 1996 as a fresh graduate at German firm Schuster Pechtold’s Dubai office, he won instant appreciation and international applause for conceptualising and designing the multi-award-winning Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa – the first eco-resort in the Middle East attributed to having changed the discourse of architecture in the UAE. His involvement in other ‘firsts’ for the region include the establishing a voice for the architects and designers by the launching Dubai’s premier and the regions’ leading architectural journal, Architecture Plus, shaping the annual architectural networking event, Cityscape and founding the international awards for architecture and design in the UAE.

Taqui’s broad-ranging experience covers urban planning projects, resorts and hotels, palatial residences, shopping malls, airports, schools, banks, offices and varied public and cultural facilities, and undertaken while holding senior positions in the UAE offices of German multi-disciplinary firm Kling Consult, civil engineering firm Italconsult SPA, and architectural firm Incorporated Consultants (Conin).

Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, established in 2008, is his personal brand that specialises in contextually authentic, eco-aware architecture. He ardently advocates integrity and sustainability while targeting high yields for stakeholders through innovative design, investment opportunities, and value engineering.

Taqui often speaks at public events and writes regularly for local publications. His interests include fitness, films, food, and travel.

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