In the city that boasts the world’s tallest building, bigger is often seen as better. However that could be about to change with the launch of Zabeel House MINI this week.
Situated on the banks of Dubai Creek, and subverting the gilt-edged, marble-lobbied, chandelier-strewn notion of hotel experience in the emirate, Zabeel House MINI’s self-styled upscale-casual concept includes 150 so-called Pocket rooms with quirky, colour-pop interiors, murals including our personal fave, one that reads ‘Dubai is always a good idea,’ and a map of the emirate on the ceiling to inspire the explorers among us. Meanwhile the courtyard houses an open-air cinema and street-food concepts in keeping with the off-duty hipster vibe.
Zabeel House MINI is the latest in a string of spots springing up around the emirate bringing personality and the beginnings of a sub-culture, bucking the trend of celebrity restaurant chains and international super clubs that have dominated Dubai until now. And also at odds with the nation that brought you the world’s most expensive cappuccino, rooms start from Dhs350 plus tax per night.
Zabeel House MINI is the first in the eclectic collection of hotels operated by the Jumeirah Group, with Zabeel House - Al Seef following soon, and Zabeel House - The Greens before the year is out, and further properties planned in London and Saudi Arabia. Could it become Dubai’s coolest export?
• Visit zabeelhouse.com for information or call +971 4 7077077 to book