New hotels in Dubai appear more quickly than ever before before in the run-up to Expo 2020, but this month there is to be a much anticipated addition to the city offer: Meliá’s long-awaited ME, which is only the building designed in and out by the late Zaha Hadid architect.
The hotel is located in the curiosity of the Opus, a cube-shaped building which is surrounded by the signature futuristic balconies of the Hadid, two towers marked by a sprayed gap. The building is located in the Business Center, which Lonely Planet named the Burj Khalifa, the world’s largest 828-meter building, one of the 10 best neighbourhoods not far from Dubai’s other architectural wonders.
The lobby of the hotel looks like a ship with a landing starship with white gently curved balconies and hallways; a large candlelight hanging from the ceiling, and the glass panels funnel in light. There are 200 rooms and serviced apartments outside the reception area, spread over six floors, divided into midnight and desert themes. The designers also designed the stylish furniture of the gardens, from the integrated beds that would make the Jetsons swoon over each sink to the curved split-panel mirrors.
Unsurprisingly, the hotel service is a key point of sale for Dubai and ME by Meliá offers a free car service for guests within 5 km, international data dongles and virtual reality gaming headsets, packing and unpackaging facilities, priority accommodation in local restaurants and a full team to track the fragrances, music and lighting to match their gust as well as daytime preferences.