Zabeel House by Jumeirah to open on the banks of Dubai Creek
Zabeel House by Jumeirah to open on the banks of Dubai Creek
It is the first hotel in Jumeirah’s new “Upscale-Casual” collection. Think design-led spaces, moderately-priced comfy rooms with just enough added extras, and welcoming staff.
A smaller version is also opening next door — Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah — with a lower price point that does not skimp on style or comfort.
Guests will step into two contemporary retreats, creatively designed with some Insta-worthy quirks, relaxed restaurants and a rooftop pool; and step out to one of Dubai’s most exciting neighborhoods.
Al-Seef is the newest destination by Meraas, the masterminds behind The Beach, Box Park, City Walk and La Mer; a busy two-kilometer promenade of shops, cafes and pop-ups on the south bank of Dubai Creek. Old meets new on the waterfront, with modern and imaginative architecture blending into charmed heritage — creating a fresh reason to visit the part of the city where Dubai’s story began.
Zabeel House by Jumeirah Al-Seef has 200 rooms in three categories: popular, plush and suite.
There are four restaurants, pop-up events, and a rooftop infinity pool with elevated views over Al-Seef and Dubai Creek.
The hotel offers freee Wi-Fi, meeting rooms and creative spaces geared toward collaboration, a short stroll to the embassies or a quick taxi to the business district.
Guests can also squeeze in a workout at the private gym or treat themselves to a quick re-energising massage.
Rates start from 495 dirhams ($135) in summer and 725 dirhams in winter, plus taxes per night.
Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah Al-Seef has 150 “pocket” rooms featuring adventurous design with colors that pop, and a map of Dubai on each bedroom ceiling, inspiring that day’s exploration.
There is a courtyard space designed for pop-up events and outdoor film, two street-food inspired restaurants, and easy public transport links to Downtown Dubai, parks and beaches.
Rates start from 350 dirhams in summer and 495 dirhams in winter, plus taxes per night.
Marriott fetes first students trained under Tahseen
Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, celebrated the graduation of its first intake of students for Tahseen, a hospitality leadership training program to develop local Saudi talent within the industry. Created in partnership with Cornell University, Tahseen is focused on fast-tracking the next generation of hospitality leaders from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, by providing them with operational experience and a springboard to accelerate in leadership roles within the industry.
The company on Wednesday graduated its inaugural batch at a ceremony hosted by Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa in the presence of Dr. Bruce Tracey, Professor at Cornell University, and the graduating class.
Speaking at the ceremony, Kyriakidis said: “Marriott International is a company that believes in putting people first and we are committed to giving our associates world-class training and the opportunity to grow and reach their potential personally and professionally. Our vision is to develop future Saudi leaders, empowered with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to be successful, and provide them with a fast track to management roles such as general managers.
"Building a sustainable and robust hospitality education program like Tahseen for our Saudi nationals, which nurtures and builds talent among the youth, is indeed key to our success.”
David Leman, the chief human resources officer, Middle East and Africa for Marriott International, said: “Over the past four decades we have worked hard to consciously develop local talent and prepare them to become future leaders in hospitality. Today we employ more than 5,000 associates across our hotels in the Kingdom, with almost 35 percent of them being Saudi nationals.
"We see an opportunity to strategically develop this further and are delighted to have partnered with Cornell, the university with the best track record globally for hospitality education.”
Tahseen was launched by Marriott International in Saudi Arabia in 2017 and the graduates have received encouraging results, paving the way for a wider rollout of the program in 2019. A total of 11 hotels participated in the inaugural program with tremendous support from all of the owners of the participating hotels, developing dedicated Saudi nationals into department heads.
Saudi Arabia is a strategic growth market for Marriott International and the company is committed to supporting and enhancing the tourism industry in the Kingdom with Tahseen. The highly individualized program created in partnership with Cornell University focuses on practical application across all departments as well as an in-depth understanding of leadership skills led by teams across Marriott’s participating hotels over a course of 12 to 18 months.
In addition, participants obtained first-hand experience through the Cornell e-learning platforms and a university-led development program tailored specifically for the Saudi nationals.
During the graduation ceremony, all participants received their Tahseen diplomas as well as a certificate in hospitality management from Cornell University, along with their new employment contracts from their respective hotels.
While there are many success stories, some remarkable results include candidates such as:
· Dareen Al-Zaabi, who will take on the role of assistant conference and catering sales manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh
· Omar Ibrahim Trmesani, who will continue his career as a director of loss prevention and human resources manager at the Sheraton, Jeddah
· Malak Abdulqadir Farhat, who will continue as a junior sous chef in the culinary team at the Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah
· Meshal Mahdali, who will continue his career as sales manager at the Marriott Riyadh
Tahseen is a program that falls under Marriott International’s new sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, which guides how the company makes a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business. From empowerment opportunities to sustainable hotel development, the platform is designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and communities.
One of the priority areas, or “coordinates,” of Serve 360 is Empower Through Opportunity. Tahseen is a program that directly supports and brings this vision to life.
Marriott International is the largest international hotel operator in Saudi Arabia with a strong footprint of 25 operating hotels and more than 8,000 rooms across nine brands including the Ritz-Carlton, Le Meridien, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Aloft, Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton and Residence Inn by Marriott. With another 28 hotels in the pipeline, the company will add nearly 5,000 rooms, debuting new brands including Autograph Collection, Delta Hotels, Element and Westin.
Marriott International is currently recruiting candidates internally and externally for the second intake of Tahseen, which begins in January 2019.