The UAE’s Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is Set to Get an Impressive Makeover

Lindsay Judge   |   26-04-2022

Kerzner International the owners of Atlantis Resorts and Residences and the One&Only Resorts worldwide has announced a new hotel collection Rare Finds will feature a diverse collection of unique properties that will offer exceptional experiences for guests.


The project begins with the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort which has been acquired by Kerzner and is set to undergo a complete transformation before reopening in 2023.


“I am excited to welcome Bab Al Shams Desert Resort to the newly introduced Rare Finds collection. The addition of this legacy landmark desert resort marks Kerzner International’s continued growth and expansion within the region,” commented Philippe Zuber, CEO of Kerzner International.


Philippe Zuber, CEO of Kerzner


“We have been part of Dubai’s storied history with one of the first ultra-luxury resorts with One&Only Royal Mirage followed by the epochal Atlantis, The Palm and we continue to be very bullish on the destination with the upcoming opening of Atlantis, The Royal Resort & Residences later this year and One&Only One Za’abeel joining Bab Al Shams next year.  We are thrilled to continue to be part of the future of Dubai, and we look forward to welcoming guests to discover this new, evolved idyllic retreat.”


The extensive reimagination of the iconic desert resort will introduce a completely renewed aesthetic whilst maintaining the resort’s authentic equestrian identity. Guests will be able to 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.



The much-loved desert infinity pool will also return, offering guests the opportunity to escape from city life and enjoy the tranquil surroundings from plush sun-loungers and private cabanas. The Desert Spa will invite guests to step into a calming mirage to unwind and rejuvenate through both traditional and contemporary treatments, such as Hammam and Hot Sand therapy.



In keeping with Rare Find’s focus on discovering a destination in a truly authentic way, Bab al Shams will offer an endless selection of expertly curated itineraries and bespoke outdoor activities, tailored to each individual guest.


Bab Al Shams is the original immersive desert experience in Dubai, having first opened its doors in 2004,” says Issam Galadari, CEO of Meydan City Corporation. “We are looking forward to working closely with the Kerzner team to bring their exceptional service standards and renowned expertise to invigorate and breathe new life into this resort, that holds a special place in the hearts of UAE residents and visitors alike”.