HBA Dubai’s Zabeel House Mini is a fusion of edgy urban design and local context

HBA Dubai’s Zabeel House Mini is a fusion of edgy urban design and local context

Al Seef, David T'Kint, HBA Dubai, Hotel design, Interior design

HBA Dubai-designed Zabeel House Mini in the city’s Al Seef cultural district puts a new spin on city-centered boutique hotels. David T’Kint, partner at well-known interior architecture firm HBA Dubai says that the objective is to tell compelling stories through its design.

The hotel may be small in size, but certainly not on experience. Located in the eclectic rejuvenated district of Al Seef, in close proximity to the Al Fahidi heritage precinct and the upcoming Shindagha heritage project on the Dubai Creek, the hotel aims to appeal to young, and discerning travellers who want all aspects of their travel to reflect their lifestyle choices, and often opt for boutique experiences that hark back to the local roots.

In the case of Zabeel House Mini, its eclectic, pop-culture aesthetics featuring graphic decals and artistic influences narrate the journey of this city from being a tiny gulf emirate into a metropolis of global reckoning in a short span of time. The hotel assumes the role of a curator which continuously finds, organises and shares the best and most relevant content. 

The curated environments of the property will showcase features that merge the boundaries between work and play through eclectic and unexpected versatile spaces. The compact rooms have been maximised with clever spatial planning which retains the design vision throughout. A four-poster bed with integrated desk, a mini Smeg refrigerator, all continue the theme of urban, contemporary edge, while retaining its strong identity.  

T’Kint says: “It perfectly blends contemporary styling with touches of luxury and creativity. Its subtle spaces have rich layered details that don’t overwhelm. Zabeel House Mini isn’t trendy; it is not here today, and gone tomorrow. Rather, it’ll be a timeless destination.”


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