Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Dubai


Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Spa, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai is a newly constructed, 5 Star resort style hotel located on Dubai’s Arabian Gulf shoreline.

Over a period of 4 years, dpa worked in close collaboration with the Client and Owner, WASL Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Architects DAR to design the lighting solutions for all public FoH areas of the Hotel, internally and externally.

The Main Lobby is very important, forming the first impression of the Hotel for arriving guests and visitors.  At 12 metres tall, it provided a challenge to ensure that the lighting was sufficient to adequately illuminate the space during daylight hours, with the dimming range to provide subtlety and ambience after dark.  A discreet, linear, ceiling recessed system was designed and specified, allowing high output linear LED luminaires to be installed in a way which matched the rhythm of the architecture and the ceiling.

At ground level, there is a colonnade of 14 Light Trees, designed by Design Wilkes and Preciosa, with technical and aesthetic input from dpa. The Trees feature approximately 900 individually addressed LED light points, illuminating hand blown glass leaves. The leaves are programmed to produce dynamic ripples of light, individually varying their brightness to create differing effects. The colonnade is arranged to lead the eye along the central water feature, and through to the landscaped, beach adjacent courtyard and lap pool.

Project Credits:

Owner: WASL Group
Operator: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Project Manager: DAR
Architect: DAR
Interior Designer for Public Areas: Design Wilkes
Interior Design Co-ordinators: PMQ
MEP Consultant: SEED Engineering
Photography: Ales Vyslouzil
dpa Project Team: David McNeil, Douglas Brennan and Tim Leeding