UAE welcomes the towering Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk [Infographic]

by | 14 Nov 2020 | Hotel Openings, Projects

Blending together the history and culture of Egypt and France, Sofitel’s striking new 595-key property also boasts a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud.

Dubai’s hospitality landscape continues to flourish with the addition of Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. The largest Sofitel property in the Middle East and Africa region, its 498 hotel rooms and 97 serviced apartments elegantly merge modern French art de vivre and Ancient Egyptian heritage with the essence of the UAE.

A top lifestyle and entertainment destination

Located just ten minutes from Dubai International Airport, the scheme is attached to the luxurious Wafi Mall in a remarkable building adorned with a gold pyramidion that takes the form of an Egyptian obelisk, representative of the Luxor Obelisk in Paris.

“This is a very exciting opening for us in the region as, aside from it being the largest Sofitel property in the Middle East and Africa, it is also set to become a landmark in the city, showcasing exquisite service combined with an iconic design and architecture,” said Mark Willis, CEO Middle East & Africa at Accor.

Ayman Gharib, managing director of Raffles Dubai & Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, added: “Inspired by the Luxor Obelisk located in Place de La Concorde in Paris, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk is a testament to the Wafi Complex development and rounds up the lifestyle and entertainment destination that the founder, HH Sheikh Mana bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, envisioned it to be.”

More top chefs flock to Dubai

The hotel boasts a dazzling array of drinking and dining outlets, with notable hotspots including an offering from Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud and the first international outpost of Taiko Amsterdam, a contemporary Asian restaurant by Chef Schilo van Coevorden.

Meanwhile, French skincare brand L’Occitane takes guests on a Provencal journey through its eight treatment rooms, hammam facilities, top-notch fitness studio and outdoor swimming pool in the shape of an Egyptian ‘key of life’. There are a series of private cabanas to explore as well, including two with their own Jacuzzis.

Swarovski crystal chandeliers complete the look

Among the hotel’s 2,300 sq m of meeting space are ten flexible venues and one state-of-the-art ballroom, where the ceiling is adorned with Swarovski crystal chandeliers in the shape of a star constellation.

And the hotel’s junior guests are given top priority at the AstroKids club, which offers a range of diversions for kids and adults, including soft-play areas, bowling, a kids’ square and access to VOX Cinemas and Magic Planet in Wafi Mall.

Omar Souab, general manager of Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, concluded: “As the perfect addition to Dubai’s vivid skyline, The Obelisk boasts 595 rooms, suites and serviced residences, designed for discerning tech-savvy business travellers and leisure-seekers, introducing digital solutions through the use of the hotel’s mobile application, QR codes and touchless technology.

“Targeting a zero-single-use plastic policy across all facets, the hotel is committing to become an engaged and sustainable property. I’m proud to be part of this brilliant pre-opening team and look forward to welcoming and delighting our guests.”

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