JNS Media International had an exclusive interview with Sophie Blondel, General Manager at The H Dubai.
How does The H Dubai ensure an authentic Middle Eastern experience while catering to international guests with its unique blend of contemporary comfort and Arabesque charm?
From the moment guests step into our grand lobby, they are greeted by traditional motifs, intricate patterns, and rich textures that pay homage to the region’s cultural heritage. We aim to create an ambiance that transports our guests to an Arabian oasis while incorporating modern design elements. Our culinary offerings also embrace heritage by rich flavours and diverse traditions. Our dedicated team members are also trained to provide personalized service that is attentive, respectful, and welcoming, reflecting the renowned Arabian hospitality. Moreover, Dubai itself is a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity, and our hotel’s strategic location allows guests to explore both aspects of old and new Dubai.
Could you tell us about the amenities and services you offer to corporate clients and event organizers?
Our hotel boasts a diverse selection of meeting and event spaces that can accommodate small boardroom meetings, large conferences, gala dinners, and everything in between. To ensure the success of every event, we provide a dedicated team of experienced marketing professionals who work closely with clients from initial planning to execution and post-event evaluations. We also offer an extensive range of catering options. Whether it’s a buffet, a sit-down dinner, or a cocktail reception, our team can fit into the needs to create a memorable dining experience. If they desire entertainment, they need not venture far, as they can enjoy dinner at any of the 13 outlets, nightclubs, bars, or show-dinner restaurants that cater to a variety of culinary preferences. We also provide IT support for our corporate clients such as printing, copying, scanning, and secretarial assistance along with high-speed internet connectivity for teleconferencing.
With the rise of online booking platforms and increased competition in the hospitality industry, how does The H Dubai differentiate itself to attract both corporate clients and leisure travelers?
Our attention to detail and commitment to providing the utmost comfort sets us apart, ensuring that both corporate and leisure guests feel pampered and relaxed throughout their stay. Whether it’s a seamless check-in process, assistance with event planning, or arranging personalized experiences, we go above and beyond to ensure that every guest feels valued and well taken care of.
Our prime location in the heart of Dubai provides easy access to major business districts, shopping destinations, cultural attractions, and transportation hubs. This makes it convenient for both corporate and leisure travelers.
The Middle East is known for its rich culinary traditions. Could you highlight some of the unique dining experiences offered at The H Dubai, particularly those that showcase Middle Eastern, Indian, and Pan-Asian African cuisine?
We celebrate diverse culinary traditions through a variety of unique dining experiences. Our restaurants offer a tantalizing array of flavours, aromas, and culinary techniques that showcase the richness and authenticity of these regions. Eat & Meat restaurant offers an extensive buffet and a la carte options with live cooking stations showcasing traditional Arabic specialties, such as mezze, grilled meats, and freshly baked bread. The H Bar offers a refined and inviting space. They have an extensive beverage menu featuring handcrafted cocktails along with talented mixologists who are ready to impress with their creativity and flair.
Our guests could also experience the essence of elevated Indian cuisine at The Crossing in Dubai, where a celebration of the subcontinent’s diversity comes to life through a menu that combines traditional classics with forgotten recipes, showcasing influences from across India. Oscar’s restaurant serves the finest Lebanese cuisine in an elegant setting with live entertainment every night, featuring Lebanese and Arabic singers and a belly dance show. The award-winning PLAY Restaurant & Lounge brings to Dubai a truly unique and carefully cultivated culinary concept that transports guests on a gastronomic journey like no other. Spoiled with a concoction of exquisite flavours that fuse East and West, guests are introduced to Mediterrasian Cuisine with a spectacular live show. Electric Pawn Shop is a hedonist, exotic, dystopian counterculture Asian Mediterranean bar restaurant inspired by the 70s Chinatown of New York
Could you share some successful partnerships The H Dubai has forged with other businesses?
Accessed by the hotel lobby, our 60 offices and retails ranging from 1,500 to 12,000 square feet and feature floor-to-ceiling windows boasting breath-taking views of Dubai are our partners daily. We always thrive to connect with them and work on mutual strategies.
It could be from a common romantic escape package where some couples could be the lucky winner of an exquisite piece on jewellery from Caelos or a Women’s Day celebration having hairdressers from Hadi Beauty Salon coming into the lobby and curling hair and therapists from Mandara Spa doing express massages. Recently H Dubai created some combined offers with InfraslimX Studio, the next-generation body-shaping machine.
In recent years, sustainability and responsible tourism have gained significant importance. How does The H Dubai incorporate sustainable practices and contribute to the local community in its operations?
By meeting the high standards of environmental requirements of Green Key, we have been awarded The Green Key Certification by the Emirates Green Building Council. We have also invested in a biodigester, an intelligent machine that has thus far ingested 1,830 kgs of food waste in two months and as a result, reduced 3.9 tonnes of carbon emissions.
We have also introduced Super Green Vouchers through which guests can choose not to have their room cleaned for the day. In return, they receive a voucher which can be redeemed at the hotel dining outlets.
The H Dubai offers a variety of event spaces for weddings, meetings, and other special occasions. What sets these spaces apart and makes them ideal for hosting successful and memorable events?
We have meticulously designed our event spaces to provide the ideal setting for successful and memorable occasions – Versatile & stylish venues, State-of-the-art facilities & technologies that ensure seamless and professional events, Culinary excellence that is designed to delight guests and leave a lasting impression, Personalized service that provides a stress-free experience, Strategic location and accessibility and lastly, Attention to ambiance and atmosphere that evoke a sense of elegance, sophistication, and comfort while being visually appealing since we pay attention to lighting, décor, and furnishing.