You may have already seen the iconic billboard’s around the city elevating a modern-retro appeal and announcing the re-launch of the iconic Bab Al Shams Desert Resort.

Scheduled to re-open on Friday February 10, 2023, the opening will be two months earlier than expected.

The tranquil resort which is beloved by expats and tourists alike has gone through an extensive re-design transformation bringing the Resort in line with the Kerzner roster of hotels but maintaining the original rustic charm and exceptional hospitality the Desert Resort is renowned for.

Arabic for “Gateway to the Sun” Bab Al Shams’ architecture and interior design were inspired by the earthy tones of the desert throughout the day and illuminated by the sun and the moon. The Oasis resort blends seamlessly in with its surroundings boasting 115 lavish rooms and suites housed in 16 two-stores building. The result is a reimagined and relaxing haven with a subtly Moorish accent.

Bab Al Shams

Food connoisseurs will be delighted with the new culinary experiences on offer, showcasing fine dining like no other championing local producers and responsibly sourced ingredients. Modern Arabic restaurant Al Hadheerah promises a multi-sensory experience under the stars with live-cooked authentic food, dancers, musicians and camel riders.  Other eateries will include Greek-inspired Zala and Anwā Sunset Lounge offering the finest far-east-meets-south-east cuisine.

For a superlative experience of self-care check into The Desert Spa for an array of holistic Spa treatments inspired by diverse world traditions with state-of-the-art facilities including but not limited to a couples’ treatment room with plunge pool, sauna and steam rooms, an indoor courtyard pool and a relaxation area. Bask at the desert infinity pool with only miles of the desert as the backdrop making it the picture-perfect location.

Adrenaline junkies and adventure goers can satisfy their needs with equestrian sports, sand boarding, archery, desert safari, private hot air balloon rides and the infamous 86km Al Qudra cycle track.

The only thing left to do is book your stay and pack your bag!

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort is part of the Kerzner Rare Finds collection, a series of hospitality addresses bringing forward the essence of a place and promising soulful experiences, the resort preserves its legacy as the longest-running desert escape in the UAE.

For more information visit: Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra Road, Dubai, rates from Dhs1,500, reopening February 10, 2023. Tel: (0)4 809 6100,

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