Thai culture with a modern flavour in Dubai
- Category: ITCM interviews
- Created on Monday, 25 June 2012 14:03
Daniel Andrews of the Dusit Thani Dubai Hotel gives ITCM the inside story during a visit to LondonThe Dusit Thani hotel in Dubai is in the welcoming shape of a Thai ‘wai’ greeting. It has two towers that can be seen as two arms, joining into a single building like the palms of the hands. The name ‘Dusit Thani’ derives from words signifying that one has reached a high level on one’s path to heaven.
On a visit to London, Daniel Andrews, an Englishman, outlined to ITCM how the Thai hotel group likes to merge the age-old charm and comfort of Thailand’s culture with the services and facilities required by modern upmarket travellers.
The Dubai property has stood high and proud for 11 years but has recently invested in major refurbishments to ensure that the hotel still maintains its international reputation.
The twin towers house 147 long- and shorter-stay furnished apartments, but they can all be allocated, as available, to delegates attending events in the property. In addition the hotel section – above the towers, has 174 rooms. These have been the first to be refurbished with the new investment.
The highest part of the structure, floors 24 to 36, feature a glass atrium, topped by the Pool Deck.
The hotel’s ballroom can seat 350 for a gala dinner or 500 event delegates, or it can be divided into three for smaller gatherings. In addition there are five meeting rooms that can have different configurations, the largest seating over 100 theatre style. These are located in a Meetings Centre around a common area where delegates can take their coffee breaks and can hobnob in comfort.
The hotel’s 24th floor is virtually an f&b centre, with restaurants offering a choice of cuisines. One of them, the Californian, is a favourite for delegates for multiple reasons. It rings the changes with a series of Theme Nights, from a South Asian Night to Curry or New Orleans or Arabic Nights – and whilst dining the location provides views of downtown Dubai, looking straight over to the breathtakingly tall Burj Khalifa.
The Benjarong is the Dusit Group’s signature restaurant, with the highest quality Thai dishes served on Royal Thai china and with entertainment from authentic Thai dancers and musicians. Its Thai chefs and ice carving teams are multiple medal winners.
In line with the hotel group’s emphasis on keeping up-to-date with present-day thinking, it recently brought in Daniel Green, the renowned consultant on healthy eating. After suffering, himself as a teenager with a weight problem, he became a specialist in the philosophy of Eat Well, Feel Well. He was brought in to train the Dusit chefs on the science of healthy food and the preparation of special dishes that are attractive, tasty and good for you.