6 New Hotels to Visit in the Middle East

Lindsay Judge   |   17-02-2023


We reveal the latest resort and hotel openings in the region to look out for in 2023.


Atlantis The Royal Dubai, UAE 



Perhaps the most highly anticipated hotel opening of 2023 is Atlantis The Royal, this expansive luxury resort is already an icon in Dubai’s skyline as it towers over the Arabian Gulf at the tip of The Palm Jumeirah. This spectacular property is set to be the pinnacle of luxury, offering guests an experience like no other, uniquely tailored to their every desire. The resort will feature 795 rooms and suites across 43 floors with 44 of the resort’s luxury Suites and Signature Penthouses offering private infinity pools, inviting guests to swim amongst the clouds. All rooms will come with five-star facilities and amenities as well as the best in technology systems and many will offer an exclusive butler service.


Atlantis The Royal will feature 17 unique dining experiences with show-stopping new restaurants and bars throughout. Following on from the success of Atlantis the Palm’s dining destinations the new resort will have Signature restaurants from culinary icons including Gaston Acurio, Ariana Bundy, Costas Spiliadis and Jose Andres, while Nobu will be opening their first-ever pool and beach club and Heston Blumenthal will introduce Dinner, as well as his debut bar, Resonance. The six towers that make up the hotel will be brought together by a 90-metre-long Skypool on the 22nd floor, which forms part of an outdoor entertainment experience called Cloud 22. Adjacent to Cloud 22 on the 22nd-floor guests will find Ling Ling, a modern Pan-Asian, day-to-night venue featuring 360-degree views of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline.



Tim Kelly, Managing Director of Atlantis Dubai says “This is it. Our moment is finally here to reveal Atlantis The Royal as the world’s most ultra-luxury entertainment resort. Openings of resorts like this one only come around once or twice in a decade, and we can’t wait to share it with the world. As these new images demonstrate, this is a resort like no other and the building itself will become an instantly recognisable icon of the Dubai skyline. We are excited to begin welcoming guests next year and treat them to an experience they’ll never forget.”


To be one of the first to stay at Atlantis The Royal, guests can make a reservation at www.atlantistheroyal.com. Reservations will open from 31st October 2022, for stays from 2023 onwards.



Bab Al Shams, UAE 



Dubai’s quintessential desert resort, Bab Al Shams is now accepting reservations, as it prepares to enter a new era, reopening in early 2023 under the Rare Finds vertical of Kerzner International. The extensive reimagination of the iconic desert resort will introduce a completely renewed aesthetic whilst maintaining the resort’s authentic identity. Captivating destination experiences and vibrant entertainment will be the beating heart of the reborn resort, spreading intangible energy to every stay, and imprinting everlasting memories.



Guests can return to reimagined, world-class culinary experiences such as modern Arabic cuisine, a rooftop lounge, and al fresco dining. Championing local producers and using responsibly sourced ingredients, each outlet will showcase the exceptional array of sensorial and theatrical dining available throughout the resort.


For more information visit: www.babalshams.com



SIRO One Za’abeel 



Immersive lifestyle and fitness brand, SIRO, will launch its inaugural hotel, SIRO One Za’abeel, in Q4 or 2023. This first hotel for the SIRO brand will be located in the heart of Dubai’s iconic One Za’abeel development in Downtown Dubai.


A fitness and recovery destination, SIRO One Za’abeel will offer holistic fitness and wellbeing programs, in a beautifully designed hotel environment with stunning views of Dubai’s skyline. Guests will have access to top-of-the-line facilities while receiving expert guidance and coaching from a team of fitness and wellbeing experts. Programs will focus on five pillars: fitness, nutrition, sleep, recovery and mindfulness. When the hard work is done guests will relax in the hotel’s guest rooms, known as the ‘Recovery Cocoons’. The rooms will feature the latest technology, in place to improve physical and mental recovery, mitigate jet lag, enhance mood and ensure restorative sleep.



Room features include a thermoregulation mattress, a recovery cabinet, wellness pillows and anti-allergen duvets, through a sound-proofed environment, a dimming lighting system and wake-up and sleep rituals.


For more information visit: www.sirohotels.com/dubai



One&Only One Za’abeel



Situated in the new exclusive Za’abeel neighbourhood, One&Only One Za’abeel Resort is set to be a must-visit destination in the heart of the busy city. Dubai’s newest icon, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Nikken Sekkei, the dual-tower edifice showcases 360-degree views of Dubai’s glimmering skyscrapers, lush green expanses and transcendental sunsets. Featuring an impressive design this modern building is set to reshape the city’s skyline.


A place where timeless elegance fuses with intuitive function, tradition meets modernity and contemporary style marries with bespoke individuality One&Only One Za’abeel rises high above the city representing the pinnacle of urban living. It will feature private residences as well as luxury accommodation. The rooms and suites have been designed with comfort and style in mind with earthy-toned interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows and curated artworks.



The hotel will be home to 11 restaurants and bars, spanning Argentinean, Indonesian and Middle Eastern delights located within “The Link – World’s Longest Cantilevered Building”. The Link is a panoramic sky concourse that connects the two towers of One Za’abeel, floating an awe-inspiring 100 metres above the ground. It will offer an exploration of world-class restaurants, celebrity chef outlets, a statement swimming pool, wellness facilities, retail and entertainment.


For more information visit: www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-zaabeel/



The Outpost, Qatar



The Outpost Qatar is located in Al Barari in the unique Inland Sea nature reserve of Qatar’s desert. The resort is designed to provide a one-of-a-kind luxury experience celebrating Qatar’s rich natural environment and heritage. Surrounded by soaring sand dunes and desert wilderness, each of the private 21 tented villas delivers an authentic nature experience, blended with the expected flourishes of luxury hospitality. Many of the villas include a private pool and extensive outdoor terraces that allow guests to experience the beauty of nature in privacy. Created as an escape from busy life, The Outpost is a wellness experience and private getaway in one offering exclusive experiences for guests from desert yoga to spa treatments to high tea.



The Outpost is located around one hour from Doha city by car and a pickup service can also be provided by the resort. For more information visit: www.theoutpostalbarari.com.



Banyan Tree AlUla, Saudi Arabia



Situated in the magical surroundings of AlUla, this new all-villa resort features 79 luxurious tented villas in one of the world’s most mysterious and exciting new destinations. Infused with elements from the nomadic nature of Nabataean design and heritage, the resort offers one, two, and three-bedroom villas with private pools and outdoor living space, showcasing stunning views of the rock formations in the Ashar Valley.



The resort is designed to offer a multi-sensory experience combining the stillness and peacefulness of the area with stunning nature and five-star hospitality. The resort’s spa is a perfect haven offering a holistic approach blending Asian rituals and Arabian traditions, where natural and native ingredients are at the core of each treatment. The impressive Rock Pool is not to be missed, surrounded by the majestic sandstone mountains it makes for a sanctuary of relaxation.

For more information visit: www.banyantree.com/saudi-arabia/alula