The Dorchester Collection is opening its first hotel in the Middle East, and tenth property worldwide. The hotel’s name is drawn from the Arabic expression “for us” and the Hawaiian “floating gently in calm water”, and pays homage to its location beside the Dubai Creek and Marasi Marina.
The Lana will open in the last quarter of 2022 in the Burj Khalifa District of Dubai, located in a 30-storey tower designed by Foster and Partners.
The hotel will feature 156 rooms and 69 suites (21 of which are the signature suites), and contemporary interior design by Parisian duo Gilles and Boissier. Rooms will include floor-to-ceiling windows, stone parquet flooring, triple-height ceilings, screen dividers and deep-soaking bathtubs – some of which are positioned at the windows to maximise city views. Looking to tap into Dubai’s resurging ‘ultra luxury’ segment, the hotel will grant guests access to the Beach Club at One at Palm Jumeirah (also from The Dorchester Collection) via a boat ride.
Meanwhile living spaces will include dark marble, rounded furniture, and hues of gold, beige and olive.
The second floor will feature the reception, concierge, an indoor-outdoor social lobby space, a pastry counter, and a secluded garden lounge.
The fourth floor will house a modern Mediterranean restaurant and an Italian café – both of which will have indoors and outdoors seating space – while the hotel’s signature restaurant and lounge is located on the 18th floor.
A spa, wellness centre and state-of-the-art gym will be located on the 29th floor, while the 30th floor will be home to a rooftop pool and cabana service which transforms into a lounge and nightlife destination in the evening.
It is a 15-minute walk from Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, a 20-minute drive from Dubai International airport, and a 75-minute trip to Abu Dhabi International airport.
The hotel will be opened in partnership with real estate development group Omniyat.
Commenting on The Lana, Christopher Cowdray, CEO of Dorchester Collection, said:
“The Lana is one of the most anticipated hotel openings of 2022, given its incredible design-led credentials in a superb location in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, and a rooftop scene that will attract much attention. We’re looking forward to bringing Dorchester Collection’s renowned brand of luxury hospitality combined with OMNIYAT’s real estate vision to a new region that is home to so many of our guests around the world.”
Mahdi Amjad, founder and executive chairman of OMNIYAT, added: “At OMNIYAT, we are committed to delivering the highest standards of quality and design. The Lana, our newest property with the illustrious Dorchester Collection, redefines the standard of luxury. The Lana’s sophistication, opulence, and design will undoubtedly make it a standout feature in the Emirates’ picturesque skyline.”
The hotel’s general manager Caroline-Jane Houston joined Dorchester Collection from Dubai-based Emaar Hospitality Group. Houston brings over 20 years of hospitality industry experience and deep knowledge of the Dubai market to her role. “The forthcoming opening of The Lana marks a new era of luxury in Dubai, and I am honoured to be managing the hotel and its exciting launch where our guests can be part of history in the making and forge our legacy,” she said.
The Dorchester Collection is also managing the adjacent 39 residences, which include double-height spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and expansive terraces, plus a mixed-use retail facility. Additionally, the brand manages the 94 apartments at Omniyat’s One at Palm Jumeirah, and guests at The Lana will be able to access the property’s Beach Club here via a boat ride.
Meanwhile, The Dorchester on London’s Park Lane has announced plans for a “comprehensive renovation” starting in February next year. dorchestercollection.com