Dubai, 26 March 2020—Following the global impact of COVID-19, and precautionary measures taken by the UAE Government against the spread of the virus, Meydan Hotels and Hospitality has made the responsible decision to temporarily close The Meydan Hotel and Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. With people encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, our main priority is to safeguard the well-being of our community therefore both properties will remain closed from 26 March until 15 April 2020. All facilities, including the swimming pool, gym, spa and restaurants will be closed. The Meydan Grandstand event operations will also be temporarily closed.
All customers who have placed bookings with the two hotels will be given the option to change their booking for a later date, receive a full refund or be recommended to other hotels in the surrounding area.
Meydan Hotels and Hospitality is devoted to ensuring the health and safety of its staff, residents and visitors and is adhering to the Government’s regulations and directives. It will use the following two weeks to deep clean, refresh amenities and make product improvements to provide guests with unmatched services and experiences upon reopening. Henceforth, Meydan Hotels and Hospitality remains vigilant and will be monitoring the situation in order to support and update our employees and the community.
Mohamed Shawky, Hotel Manager, The Meydan Hotel said: “These are incredibly difficult times for us all. While we are temporarily closing our doors with a heavy heart, we know that this is the right decision to ensure the health and safety of our community. We are working very closely with local authorities as the situation evolves and very much look forward to reopening our doors next month. In the meantime, we urge everyone to stay home, stay safe and make healthy choices.”
Ziad Sleiman, Hotel Manager, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa said: “During this unprecedented period, our thoughts are with our guests and staff. We have chosen to use this time to carry out essential works and maintenance at both properties, so that when we reopen, we will continue to provide seamless, 5-star, experiences to higher standards for all of our guests. We will remain optimistic, work together to overcome this crisis and look forward to welcoming our communities, local residents and tourist back with warmth and care.”
Opened in 2004, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality manage Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa one of Dubai’s authentic landmarks, offering Arabian hospitality and a luxurious desert experience. Sister property The Meydan Hotel was built in 2010 around Meydan Racecourse, home of the Dubai World Cup and Dubai World Cup Carnival, and is considered as one of Dubai’s exemplary landmarks, with prestigious sports facilities, including the fully floodlit, ‘pay & play’ nine-hole The Track, Meydan Golf overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa.
About Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa:
Located 45-minute drive from the city of Dubai and from Dubai International Airport, the 5-star desert luxury Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, suited in the heart of Dubai desert, is the perfect destination for families, couples or simply desert lovers. Overlooking the natural landscape, this award-winning resort offers 115 rooms and suits ranging from 47 m² to 68.4 m² with authentic Arabian design and modern touches. A wide selection of restaurant and lounges complete the guest dining experience throughout the stay, from Al Hadheerah restaurant with live entertainment, Indian restaurant Masala, traditional Italian cuisine at Le Dune, an all-day dining international restaurant Al Forsan to Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge, Ya Hala Lobby Lounge together with the Pool Bar. An extensive leisure and outdoor activities await the guests including two outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, open 4x4 desert drive, desert fat biking, archery, camel riding, falconry together with various sports games from volleyball and croquet to table tennis and boules. With 4 treatment rooms and an indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, the award-winning Satori Spa offers an urban oasis for spa goers to indulge and re-energise. Children between aged 5 and 12 years, will be entertained with fun activities. For more information, please visit www.babalshams.com
About The Meydan Hotel:
Located only 12 minutes’ drive from the Dubai Mall and the iconic Burj Khalifa and 15 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport, the 5-star luxury The Meydan Hotel is the perfect travel destination for families and couples. Overlooking the majestic Meydan Racecourse, this award-winning hotel offers spacious 284 rooms and suites from 62 m² to 352 m² with contemporary decor and Arabic touches. A choice of seven restaurants and lounges await the guests including Prime fine dining steakhouse, Shiba Chinese and Japanese restaurant, international all-day dining Farriers, all-day relaxing Millennium Lounge, Qube Sports Bar, Shiba Bar and Equus Pool Bar. The Meydan Hotel offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreational and sports facilities including ‘pay & play’ fully floodlit nine-hole The Track, Meydan Golf, exclusive behind-the-scene stable tours and four treatment rooms. For more information, please visit www.themeydanhotel.com