DUBAI -- As the hotel building boom continues in Dubai in the
United Arab Emirates, two properties -- the Jebel Ali Hotel &
Golf Resort and the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel -- have moved onto the
membership roster of The Leading Hotels of the World.
The Jebel Ali Hotel resort has just inaugurated a challenging
golf course and has changed its name accordingly to the Jebel Ali
Hotel & Golf Resort.
Set on 128 acres of landscaped gardens on the beach, the hotel
has 389 rooms and suites, including 120 deluxe seaview rooms with
spacious terraces or balconies in the recently completed Palm Tree
Each room has a safe deposit box, a minibar, direct-dial phone
service, a hair dryer and satellite television. Hotel guests have a
choice of seven bars (two are swim-up bars in the pools) and eight
restaurants with a variety of international cuisines including
French, Italian, Oriental and Arabic. Seafood dining and an
American steakhouse are additional options.
Arabic barbecues, staged in the hotel's Palm Garden, come
complete with belly dancing, the painting of body designs with
henna dye, a sheesha (water pipe) corner and camel rides.
The Jebel Ali property was one of the first of Dubai's seaside
resorts. It has grown into a multisports center, and its Resort
Golf Course, designed by Pete Harradine, made its debut last
In February, the nine-hole par-36 course was chosen for the
challenge match that was the curtain raiser for the Dubai Desert
Classic; its players this year included Seve Ballesteros and Nick
Faldo as well as other top-ranking golfers.
Practice facilities at the Resort Golf Course include a floodlit
27-hole putting green, a pitching green with three holes and a
driving range with 36 bunkers.
Other facilities include an indoor video swing-analysis room,
club rental and a rest hut and bar out on the links. Club services
feature caddy carts or trolleys and PGA golf professionals'
instruction for players of all ranks.
In addition to golf, the Jebel Ali Hotel is the only property in
the region to offer horse riding on its premises, and new stables
-- resembling an old fort with elegant wind towers and turrets
inspired by traditional Arabic architecture -- are located on the
white beaches of the Arabian Gulf.
Experienced riders can take long waterfront rides or go off for
a desert canter; beginners are offered daily riding lessons in the
paddock. Under the resort's sporting umbrella is the Jebel Ali
Shooting Club for clay and pistol shooting as well as a yacht club,
from which guests go deep-sea fishing, water skiing, sailing or
Parked at the club's pier is the property's own yacht, used for
evening sunset sails or overnight cruises to neighboring
The vessel is equipped to sleep eight.
Other sport and leisure facilities at the resort include four
swimming pools and areas for tennis, badminton, cycling, croquet
and billiards. The second Leading Hotels of the World member is the
Al Bustan Rotana Hotel near the airport, with easy access to
shopping and the downtown district.
The Al Bustan, primarily a business client hotel, provides 300
guest rooms and suites, many with their own balconies or poolside
access. All the rooms and suites have satellite TVs, international
direct-dial phone service with voice mail, a minibar and tea- and
The Club Rotana executive floor has a dedicated reception area,
boardroom and business center; the Club Lounge offers guests
complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails.
The hotel offers eight international dining choices, including
the Blue Elephant, which serves Thai cuisine; a Benihana
Japanese-American restaurant; the Rodeo Grill Wild West Steakhouse;
the Mawal Restaurant, offering authentic Lebanese food, and the
Fontana Restaurant, serving three daily buffets.
After dinner, guests can adjourn to the Jazz Club, where the
music is live and lively. The hotel is preparing its own T.G.I.
Friday restaurant, expected to open this spring.
For rest and relaxation, the Al Bustan offers the Bodyline
Leisure & Fitness Club with a pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, steam
rooms and a snack bar. For exercise, it has a Nautilus gym, three
floodlit tennis courts, two squash courts and a fitness studio.
Complimentary shuttle services are offered to a private beach
club in Jumeira as well as to the Deira City Centre shopping mall
and the gold souk. The hotel also will organize, with preferential
rates for guests, a round of golf at one of the three golf clubs in
Catering to the meetings and convention market, Al Bustan has
the largest banqueting and conference facilities in the U.A.E.; its
Rashidya Ballroom provides seating for 1,000 guests. Double room
rates at the Ali Jebel Hotel & Golf Club range from $240 to
$415; double rooms at the Al Bustan are priced between $200 and
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