Dubai now has its second Four Seasons hotel. The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre has recently opened for guests. At eight stories and with just 106 guest accommodations, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC is redefining the very meaning of luxury.
“People who come to Dubai have often travelled the world, experienced the best of everything, and have extremely high expectations – at Four Seasons, our role is that of facilitator, to anticipate and exceed, to personalise and to delight in ways that mean the most to our guests,” says Four Seasons General Manager Carlo Stragiotto. Most recently posted at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano, the multi-lingual Stragiotto views his team of 200 carefully chosen staff as personal guest assistants whose mission is to make business travel more productive and leisure time more rewarding.
Situated in the pedestrian-friendly DIFC – home to global corporations as well as art galleries, shops, restaurants and night clubs – Four Seasons is the perfect pied-à-terre for those with frequent business in the UAE, an ideal base from which to experience Dubai’s myriad amusements and diversions, and with its expert concierge team, a great starting point for a first-time visitor to the city.
Chef Concierge Peter Wharmby notes that spring is a wonderful time to enjoy the city, with the Middle East Film & Comic Con next month followed by the much-anticipated Dubai Summer Surprises shopping season – the 1,200 retailer strong Dubai Mall is just minutes away – and then Dubai Music Week in early fall. He recommends booking the Bed and Breakfast package, freeing up days and nights to explore the city.
The DIFC is home to more than 40 top-flight restaurants and bars, including several new options at Four Seasons. American celebrity chef Michael Mina has opened his first international outpost here, at the “modern retro” styleFirebird Diner by Michael Mina. Here, guests will find hearty American fare with a gourmet global twist – think wood-fired steak and eggs, lobster pot pie, truffled mac & cheese, and “chicken fried” wagyu steak.
“The choice of cuisines in Dubai is unlimited, but in the end, sometimes all you crave is a really, really great burger, and we will not disappoint,” says Executive Chef Matthew Dahlkemper, who notes that with a closing time of 3:00 am, Firebird Diner, which opened earlier in March, is already a favourite after-hours destination for the city’s club goers. “Our menu is designed to be both familiar and surprising, and above all satisfying.”
Taking the drinking experience to a higher level, the Luna Sky Bar opens onto a wrap-around rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Burj Khalifa, city skyline and Arabian Gulf. Head Mixologist Alexandru Avram and his team craft the classics as well as modern innovations and made-to-order libations, with an extensive list of premium spirits, fine coffees and teas, and paired bites.
The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre is the first of two openings in the United Arab Emirates this year, preceded by Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach in late 2014 and followed by Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island this May. Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay opened just over a year ago, and Four Seasons Hotel Doha recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Gulf collection also includes Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre, and coming soon, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya.