02 Jun 2019
Urban space is changing. The defined boundaries between home, the office, local restaurants, and entertainment outlets are breaking down, leading to the evolution of a new urban environment: one social, dynamic, casual, and completely uncomplicated. In Dubai, one hotel encapsulates this new urban ideal above all others: Zabeel House by Jumeirah - The Greens
Zabeel House by Jumeirah - The Greens combines community at the hotel level with a wider focus on local integration within the surrounding neighbourhoods. Its set up is ideal for those on business who want to meet like-minded professionals, both resident and visiting: whether that be at the hotel’s happening outdoor pool scene, or on one of the many events thrown on the massive outdoor terrace, P4. Fitness classes, movie screenings, even local concerts are common occurrences at Zabeel House: The Greens. Then there’s The Study, a dedicated social work station with all the trappings of a modern office, but with none of the drawbacks.
For leisure tourists and families who want a more genuine local experience, Zabeel House by Jumeirah - The Greens is also a perfect choice. Not only is it pet- and kid-friendly (the hotel has regular family-friendly screenings and family-themed restaurant deals), but it is also the ideal launch point for city exploration. Instead of having a concierge recommend you some well-known restaurants, why not ask a dedicated local expert for their in-the-know suggestions, or you could even ask one of the hotel’s over-1,000 neighbours who frequently dip in and out of the hotel’s restaurants and social work spaces. Instead of traipsing to one of Dubai’s monumental malls, why not stop by the hotel’s pop-up outlets or Weekender market and see if any local brands take your fancy?
Meanwhile the hotel’s environment is slick, professional, yet effortlessly casual, with a lobby, social workspaces, and restaurants resembling naturally lit, artisanal cafes deep in Williamsburg, and with rooms not at all dissimilar from million-dollar Tribeca lofts. The Greens’ interior décor perfectly encapsulates the hotel’s ethos: it merges office and social spaces, allowing for more enjoyable, efficient working-abroad setups that are just perfect for younger generations growing up in today’s office-space revolution.
Two restaurants call Zabeel House by Jumeirah - The Greens their home. LAH LAH is the neighbourhood go-to for pan-Asian, with a distinct focus on farm-to-table that is far beyond idle rhetoric. The restaurant grows its own vegetables and spices on its terrace, while offering guests fresh, tailored seasoning options with a catered selection of living herb-plants at each table. Not to be missed are the restaurants “Cast Iron” dishes, flame-seared in age-flavoured woks, or the “It’s an Asian Thing” Friday brunch feast. And if you’re not in the mood to eat, the restaurant’s rooftop shisha terrace and dedicated Asian cocktail menu will keep you more than entertained.
For lighter lunches, brunches, and everything in between, there’s Social Company (or SoCo), The Greens’ casual, comfortable, chic eatery. Ideal for mild mid-afternoon snacking, a quick coffee catch-up, or even a late afternoon aperitif, SoCo has a bright and breezy interior, packed with natural light, that makes you want to camp out the whole day through, and a menu to make that wish reality.