Face to face: Riad Abi Haidar, manager at Manzil Downtown Dubai

What’s unique about Manzil Downtown Dubai? 

Riad Abi Haidar, the new hotel manager at Manzil Downtown Dubai
Riad Abi Haidar, the new hotel manager at Manzil Downtown Dubai

Manzil Downtown Dubai is a unique boutique hotel, which is located, strategically, in the heart of the city. The design of the property combines sophistication, style, comfort and convenience to ensure our guests are able to make the most out of their visit whether they are staying with us for work or for play.

 

Why are boutique hotels like this a rare find in Dubai?

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, travellers want to explore the region and they are able to truly experience the richness of the culture through the traditionally-Arabesque aesthetic of Manzil Downtown Dubai. They are now eager to discover and enjoy true

The hotel is well located near key Dubai attractions
The hotel is well located near key Dubai attractions

Arab hospitality in a contemporary, Arab environment in cities around the world.

 

What type of guests do you attract and why?

We tend to attract leisure tourists who prioritise the accessibility to key tourist attractions as a determining factor for their choice of hotel. For example, for those tourists seeking a more relaxed and beach oriented vacation, will be more inclined to choose from one of the many resorts along Jumeirah, offering direct access to Dubai’s stunning beaches. For those wanting to be in the city centre and close to key attractions, including Dubai Mall, the largest shopping destination in the Middle East, will choose hotels situated in the heart of town. We also attract a lot of business travellers due to the property’s proximity to DIFC, Dubai Trade Centre and Dubai Design District. These travellers have the convenience of being located close to these hubs while still having the comfort of being in a “homey” environment.

The swimming pool
The swimming pool

 

What’s new at Manzil Downtown?

Lots of exciting things! We have just launched the Grapes Bi Jebnah promotion which showcases a phenomenal selection of grape and cheese from across the region and takes place every Wednesday evening, we have a wonderful family-oriented Levant Brunch at our signature outlet Boulevard Kitchen which takes place every Friday and we have a brand new Seafood promotion launching around the end of September as well which we are incredibly excited to unveil.

 

The suites boast views of the Burj Khalifa
The suites boast views of the Burj Khalifa

How do you believe the property is setting the trend for authentic boutique hotels in Dubai and the wider UAE?

We have found that most visitors coming to Dubai for leisure take into account key determining factors when choosing their hotel: comfort, luxury, accessibility, uniqueness and of course hotels offering their guests authentically local experiences. We have also seen a rise in tourists from the region and for these travellers specifically, the “comfort” factor is key and finding hotels that have a feeling of being their “home away from home” is a determining factor and priority when choosing their hotel.

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