Bab Al Shams Hotel is situated in the heart of the desert and nestles peacefully among the dunes on the outskirts of Dubai. The hotel was designed with 115 rooms and related facilities of restaurants, desert camp – a traditional outside restaurant, swimming pools, bars and a small spa. Its design is that of a traditional Arabic village with courtyards, narrow streets and alleyways, covered passages and falaj’s that provide a unique ambience in a secluded area. Ornamentation has been kept to a minimum, with the use of timber being restricted to pergolas and chandral poles on the facades. A rough self-coloured render has been used for the exterior facades, which picks up the colours and textures of the surrounding desert. Thick walls and relatively small openings help with the thermal efficiency of the design, as do the narrow streets and alleys which run between the two storey buildings, ensuring maximum overshadowing.

Project Details

  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Scope: Architecture
  • Year: 2003 – 2004

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat.

An exclusive low-rise resort in the desert surrounded by gently sloping dunes and natural desert landscape, Bab Al Shams offers guests a one of its kind traditional desert experience that is true to the culture and heritage of Dubai and the UAE.

With its literal translation from Arabic meaning “gateway to the sun”, Bab Al Shams is built in an Arabic fort setting in and around an oasis. Inside the walls, shaded courtyards, walkways and water features provide cool shelter and maintain the unique ambience and atmosphere.

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the desert, adjacent to Dubai International Endurance City, yet is just a 40-minute drive from the city of Dubai and only 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

Bab Al Shams