Sneak Peek – Bab Al Shams, Dubai – A Rare Finds Desert Resort & Spa

Nakheel & Kerzner International, the hospitality group behind Atlantis, One&Only, has launched its first property Bab Al Shams, A Luxury Desert Resort & Spa, under its new brand, ‘Rare Finds’. Rare Finds is a collection of resorts that brings to the forefront the essence of a place, promising to bring people together through authentic and soulful experiences, their proximity to rich cultures offers distinctly humbling journeys of incredible discovery.

LW Design was commissioned to reinvent Bab Al Shams, a landmark destination, into a 115 room contemporary and glamorous desert resort. With a design narrative centred around ‘The Lost Princess’, Bab Al Shams is her sanctuary of luxury and unforgettable journey. Interior design elements subtly weave through her iconic heritage tied deeply to her customs while celebrating the glamour of modern-day Arabia.

Arrival Experience

As visitors enter ‘the gateway to the sun’ through oversized doors, the grand driveway, landscaped by Square M, has lush palms and water features and well-preserved decade-old foliage that instantly transports guests into a forgotten world. The arrival experience into the foyer connects guests with the destination. Art consultants, Capsule Arts, have meticulously curated artefacts and art that tie into the narrative guided by interior design.

Guest Rooms and Suites

The guest rooms and suites have been transformed whilst retaining and respecting some of the original design elements. Keeping with the Bab Al Shams sustainability concept, LW Design has re-used and upcycled existing pieces, including the iconic coat hangers that have been re-lacquered to complement the new colour scheme. Carefully hand-picked items in each room add quirky modernity while respecting its heritage


One of the standout features of Bab al Shams is its world-class spa, where guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments amidst the serene desert surroundings. This spa is a sanctuary of relaxation and wellness, catering to the needs of even the most discerning clientele.

LW Design

  • Colin Doyle – Founding Partner, Architecture
  • Pooja Shah-Mulani – Partner & Design Director, Interior Design
  • Shereen Hassanein – Interior Designer
  • Jacqueline Craft – Associate – Interior Design
  • Jesper Axel Petersen – Associate – Interior Design

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