The hip and happening Mama Shelter Dubai is opening in Business Bay

From four swimming pools to an outdoor amphitheatre, here’s what we know about the Business Bay hotel. 

Dubai is packed with luxury hotels, but if you’re after somewhere hip, put Mama Shelter Dubai on your radar. The new hotel is scheduled to open in late 2024, but it has got us excited with its oh-so-cool vibes.

Mama Shelter Dubai is being housed in a new Franklin Azzi Architecture-designed building in Business Bay, which will encompass 197 rooms and 204 residences. Mama Shelter is famous for creating an informal atmosphere, which is why you’ll find room sizes categorised as S, M, L and going all the way up to XXL. Plus, Thierry Gaugain will be behind the contemporary, colourful interiors, which are playfully chic. 

Mama Shelter Dubai

Mama Shelter Dubai will shake up Dubai’s Business Bay, as millennials and Gen Z will feel right at home in this alluring gem in the desert. Not only will the venue include a ra range of restaurants and four swimming pools, but there will also be a multi-purpose gym and an outdoor amphitheatre with a lounge area and DJs. 

The new hotel aims to be a social hotspot, whether it’s for post-work drinks, a full-on party or remote working. The hotels are known for having fun additions such as photo booths and screening rooms, plus practical additions such as co-working spaces and meeting spots. Mama Shelter Dubai will be no different, boasting colourful walls, eccentric hanging decorations and mosaic steps to brighten up every corner of this advantageous address.

Mama Shelter was launched in 2008 in Paris, France, by the Trigano family, and it has expanded to 13 countries. The hotel can be found in London, Belgrade and Rio de Janeiro. News about the Dubai opening was originally announced in 2017, but the project has been stalled several times. 

Serge Trigano, Mama Shelter’s founder, said: “We knew Dubai was the perfect destination for a Mama Shelter property because the city embodies the Mama spirit with its bustling excitement and international appeal”.

Mama Shelter Dubai is being created in partnership with Accor and Ennismore, so the same people that bought you some of Dubai’s trendiest hotels – 25hours Hotel One Central, SLS Dubai Hotels and Residences and SO/Uptown Dubai included.

Mama knows best. 

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As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publication, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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