Blending the best of modern French art de vivre and ancient Egyptian heritage, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk stands tall in the epicentre of the city, enticing patrons with its luxurious demeanour and culturally-rich offerings. By Bayar Jain
The glitz and glamour of Dubai needs no introduction, but it takes a certain poise to offer it in graceful subtleties. In comes Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, a chic address glistening in gold, nestled in the heart of the city. Structurally designed to represent Paris’ Luxor Obelisk, this Arabic counterpart fuses ancient Egyptian heritage into the mix too, accentuating it further with Sofitel’s signature modern French art de vivre.
Despite being located 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and La Mer beach; along with easy proximity to Wafi—a premium shopping destination—Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk embodies serenity right from the get-go. A step through the doors of a grand Pylon, a colossal gateway of an Egyptian temple, is an apt segue towards the ancient Egyptian stories that unravel here. Picture statues of Horus on either side of the fountain, Anubis statues guarding the impressive golden gate, and artistic ceramic flooring showcasing the Nile river. Guarding it all is a nine metre-wide and four metre-tall golden falcon, symbolic of United Arab Emirates’ national bird.
However, a step into the The Imperial Suite, Ambassador and Presidential Suites—the largest accommodation types at the property—uncovers Italian undertones, courtesy designs by Duccio Grassi Architects. 595 rooms, suites and serviced residences complete the stay options here.
Beyond the rooms, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk offers five exclusive dining venues including Michelin Star chef Daniel Boulud’s Brasserie Boulud, a French modern concept dining spot rooted in tradition; Chef Schilo van Coevorden’s Taiko Amsterdam, which offers flavours of the far East; The Nine Gastropub, which whips British classics; Bijou patisserie for sweet treats like Le Goȗter; and Soleil Pool & Lounge, a poolside bar that serves a Mediterranean and Levantine-inspired menu, handcrafted cocktails and varied shisha flavours.
For an additional doze of pampering, French brand Sofitel SPA with L’Occitane offers guests a Provencal retreat. The Sofitel SPA with L’Occitane includes eight treatment rooms; female and male relaxation rooms; Hammam facilities; and the Sofitel Fitness, complete with state-of-the-art gym equipment and studio. The outdoor swimming pool—shaped like the Egyptian key of life—is dotted with private cabanas, two of which come paired with Jacuzzis. Consider plunging into the waters while the little ones embark on a curated journey of their own, which includes activities at The Little Prince-themed AstroKids club, and access to VOX Cinemas and Magic Planet in Wafi mall. After all, when at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, there’s a little bit of everything, for everyone.