DM plans unique star hotel in Bastakia area

DUBAI — Dubai Municipality is planning to come up with a unique four-star hotel in the Bastakia area, reflecting traditional Arab Gulf architecture.

By Joy Sengupta

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Published: Sun 1 Apr 2007, 9:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:34 AM

According to the officials, the hotel would be built in ‘Areesh’ style. This form of architecture was seen in the emirate in the early 1950s.

A museum showcasing the history of the coinage has also been planned.

Rashad Bukhash, the Head of the General Projects, said, “We are planning to hand the hotel to the private sector.”

He said that that objective was to give the people a feel of the old Arab culture and civilisation. The project is expected to get completed by July.

“We are planning to build the hotel using the leaves and the branches of palm tree instead of stones. The interiors of the hotel, including the furniture and the beds would be built using the palm tree. The design of the hotel will be traditional and the people would come to witness the Arab tradition,” he said.

Earlier the municipality had talked about building skyscrapers in the design of the old Arabic buildings in order to make the people know about the Arab world.

Talking about the museum, Bukhash pointed out that it would be built at the house no 28 of Bastakia. “The house was built in 1925. In this we are focusing on currency. The museum would be displaying the history of the coinage from the early Islamic era to the present. The project would be completed in the next four months. There would be another museum in the same place that would make the visitors go back to the old Dubai.”

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