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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Serves Up Dining Venue Bab Al Yam

DUBAI—Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s makeover of Bab Al Yam, its all-day dining restaurant here, delivers a feast for the senses as guests take in a revitalized menu amid views through floor-to-ceiling windows of the Arabian Gulf and downtown Dubai.  

“The new Bab Al Yam menu focuses on fresh, seasonal produce and is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern accents. Signature dishes include buttered tiger prawns with pickled lemon; Taggiasca olives and samphire; and Datterino tomato bruschetta with marinated anchovies,” shared James Thompson, director of F&B, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. “The aesthetic change also offers a fresh, light and crisp finish. Inspirational and interactive, the new venue has a contemporary look with a spacious terrace and plush shisha lounges looking out toward the Arabian Gulf.”

It’s not surprising that the team at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah would infuse picturesque water views into the restaurant redesign. The hotel building itself is designed to resemble a billowing sail and stands 1,053.15 ft. (321 meters) tall.  

“The direct translation of Burj Al Arab means ‘tower of the Arabs.’ Before oil was discovered in the region, the UAE [United Arab Emirates] relied very heavily on the seas, and Dubai was a trading hub. The dhow boat was a key part of the economy, whether it be import, export or fishing. The sail of the dhow is a distinguished image in Islamic heritage, and the Burj Al Arab pays homage to the traditional in a contemporary and revolutionary way,” said Thompson.

The hotel assembled a team of professionals in various areas of hospitality and design to actualize the four-month transformation of Bab Al Yam.

“Our general manager, Anthony McHale, had the vision to transform Bab Al Yam, and this was achieved through the support of our expert team and the execution of our design company, GAJ,” said Thompson. “At the Burj Al Arab, we have an extensive team of in-house experts in hospitality and F&B. Maxime Luvara, executive chef at Burj Al Arab, and Mohit Bhragava, Bab Al Yam’s chef de cuisine, created the restaurant’s new menu. We also worked with some fantastic external creative and design teams who have been integral in the process.”

Among the design upgrades, the brick kitchen is a new and noteworthy feature that offers an interactive experience for guests dining at the restaurant.

“Taking center stage is an impressive brick kitchen oven, which gives guests the opportunity to watch the Burj Al Arab’s award-winning culinary team in action as they prepare every dish to perfection,” said Thompson. “The restaurant also has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and downtown Dubai, and the shisha lounges perfectly complement the relaxing ambience. Stylish sun loungers and umbrellas provide the ideal setting for intimate dining and larger family gatherings.”

As a landmark in Dubai and one of the most photographed properties, the revamp of Bab Al Yam is just one of several enhancements planned by the hotel as the team continuously strives to exceed expectations.

“2016 is set to reveal a number significant additions to the hotel’s offering. When we first opened in 1999, we made waves in the industry, and it’s vital that we keep doing so. We need to keep evolving, surprising and re-imagining the guest experience by providing exceptional facilities and F&B outlets. Our program of refurbishments and additions is just part of our ambition and vision,” said Thompson.

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