Zabeel House by Jumeirah Al Seef

Dubai, UAE
client: Meraas – Dubai-Based Holding Company
type: Hotel, Retail, F&B
area: G.F.A. 85,000 sqm ; Site Area 104,543 sqm (670m)
service: Architecture, Masterplan, CGI
award: 2018 Architecture Podium International Architecture Awards - Mixed Use (Built) - First Prize | 2018 identity DESIGN AWARDS - Editor's Choice - Winner

Two hotels under the Zabeel House by Jumeirah brand welcomed their first guests in June 2018.  The hotels forms of the wider Contemporary Area of Al Seef in Dubai, developed by Dubai based holding company - Meraas.  This new destination offers retail, dining, and hospitality experiences, spanning around 670m of the Dubai Creek waterfront, covering over a total of 85,000m2.

10 DESIGN is the Design Architect for the whole of the Contemporary Area, leading the project from masterplanning, concept design and all the way through to construction supervision. 

The hospitality components accommodate a 150-key Zabeel House Mini and a 200-room Zabeel House.  Extending from the hotels is the creation of separate F&B water pavilions that spill out and into the creek, stepping across a terraced, cascading landscape for a distinctive take on waterfront dining opportunities.

The rest of the development accommodates retail, F+B, and Marina spaces, which are broken down into a series of standalone pavilions fronting along the shores of Dubai Creek.  The pavilions fully open out onto the promenade, blurring the distinction between internal and external spaces, providing the canvas for exciting, active, and bustling retail and hospitality concepts.

Al Seef seeks to maximize its waterfront location, celebrating cultural links and creating a rich, diverse, and vibrant place filled with exciting retail, leisure and hospitality outlets. 


 – Lead Design Architect   
W.S. Atkins & Partners Overseas – Lead Consultant / Architect of Record / Structure Engineer / MEP Engineer   
CH2M – Marine Engineer   
Cracknell – Landscape Architect and Landscape Lighting Designer   
Genius Loci – Signage and Way Finding Designer   
Mace – Project Management Consultant   
MCTS – Hotel Kitchens Designer   
Meinhardt – Façade Engineer   
MLC – Cost Management Consultant   
NeoLight – Façade and Interior Lighting Designer   
Studio HBA – Interior Designer   
Vortex – Fire Safety Engineer  
Dutco Balfour Beatty (L.L.C.) – Contractor 

Photography by Gerry O'Leary & Lanel Janse van Vuuren