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One&Only One Za’abeel opens in Dubai featuring striking design by Nikken Sekkei

by Megan Whitby | 19 Jan 2024
Kerzner International has announced the long-anticipated opening of One&Only One in Dubai, complete with 229 rooms and suites
The resort is part of the One Za’abeel development designed by architects Nikken Sekkei
Its striking design is characterised by dual skyscrapers intersected by the world’s longest cantilever bridge, according to Kerzner
Jean-Michel Gathy was appointed to oversee interior design of the resort's 229 rooms and suites and its private residences
Credit: Kerzner International
We’ve set aside convention and reinvented what an ultra-luxury resort in the heart of the city can deliver
– Philippe Zuber

Kerzner International has officially opened the doors to its striking new vertical resort, One&Only One Za’abeel, in Dubai. The opening marks the launch of the first-ever urban One&Only outpost.

Located in the One Za’abeel development designed by architects Nikken Sekkei, the destination boasts dual skyscrapers intersected by the world’s longest cantilever bridge, The Link, which is suspended 100 metres above street level.

“We have set aside convention and reinvented what an ultra-luxury resort in the heart of the city can deliver,” said Philippe Zuber, CEO of Kerzner.

“Adding to Dubai’s dynamic skyline and embracing the soul of the city, this architectural landmark pushes the boundaries of excellence and vibrant city living.”

One&Only One Za’abeel is home to 229 rooms and suites – including Sanctuary Suites featuring massage tables for in-room spa treatments – as well as a selection of branded residences.

All were designed by interior designer Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston.

A futuristic boulevard

Conceived as a thriving lifestyle destination, One&Only One Za’abeel’s striking Link bridge offers unobstructed views of the Dubai skyline.

It plays host to five dining experiences – courtesy of Michelin-lauded chefs, a nightclub called the Sphere, the UAE’s longest suspended infinity pool and a Bali-inspired Garden Pool featuring a relaxed al fresco lifestyle with lush tropical greenery, a lagoon-style family swimming pool and a swim-up bar.

Additional leisure facilities include two gala ballrooms, six meeting rooms, a private club for suites on the 53rd floor and a KidsOnly club offering an activity programme inspired by the UAE’s space mission.

One&Only One Za’abeel also offers guests a dynamic activity schedule ranging from cocktail masterclasses, sunrise yoga and immersive art tours to film nights and in-depth regional wine discovery sessions.

One&Only One Za’abeel  Kerzner International  Clinique La Prairie  Nikken Sekkei  Jean-Michel Gathy  Denniston 
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