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Engineering Office


Abu Dhabi, UAE





From the outset Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi was conceived as a large upmarket desert resort. It includes a full spa and wellness centre and individual villas as well as standard hotel keys, all within the confines of an outer village wall.


Although notionally modelled on an old Arabian Village, the resort is a mix between traditional and contemporary elements, with a pared down architectural aesthetic complemented by a similarly pared down interior approach.

Resort private courtyard

The interior design approach aims to create the warmth and welcoming ambience of a family home rather than a luxury hotel with intricate curated loose furniture pieces adding to this residential feel.


The design of the resort draws inspiration from the historic desert village which has existed in this region for hundreds of years and features six restaurants and bars inspired by Emirati cuisine and Arabic design. The signature Al Mabeet Desert Camp is a desert dining experience which captures the spirit of the past and the nomadic lifestyle.