One of Arif & Bintoak’s major recent accomplishments is the Raffles Hotel at Wafi City, Dubai. A 19-storey construction, the hotel has certainly been one of the company’s most prestigious projects, with design elements incorporated from both the Middle East and Asia. It has 188 well-appointed guest rooms and 52 luxurious suites, as well as many business and recreational facilities. The hotel complex also houses 244,000 sq. ft of retail space over two floors.
The design brief was to create a monumental hotel in the heart of Dubai’s Oud Metha District, while emulating the distinctive Egyptian style of Wafi City. The creation of the pyramid proved a great challenge in the design process. After numerous studies (sketches, drawings and perspectives), the shape of the pyramid was designed in such a way that it gave the impression of a much larger pyramid than the actual footprint. The three wings also trace the line of the larger pyramid, suggesting a bigger volume than the hotel actually occupies. These wings, with their consistent slope, provide for spacious terraces, as well as a variation from floor to floor. The Columns are intricately carved with Egyptian hieroglyphics, and lush materials and water features decorate the hotel’s lobby, continuing the ancient Egyptian theme that inspired the hotel’s pyramid structure.