Fairmont The Palm has opened a dedicated art suite in partnership with Showcase art gallery.
Available from November, the one-bedroom suite has been designed with art aficionados in mind, and mirrors a trend among more five-star brands to move beyond simply displaying artworks and “connect” guests to local culture.
The suite is an integral part of the hotel group’s [email protected] programme, announced earlier this year, which was developed following a survey that found that over half of travellers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt prefer to stay with companies that support the resident culture.
Rotated on a quarterly basis, the suite will be home to original artworks and sculptures hand selected by Showcase, and starts off with 14 pieces.
Highlights include bronze sculptures by Syrian artist Issa Kazah, inspired by Middle Eastern culture and traditions, as well as an acrylic painting by South African Grace Kotze, and additional pieces include a collection of lithographs by Turkish artist Süleyman Saim Tekcan, and selection of authentic Bedouin jewellery from Oman.
Prices for the suite start from AED4,599++, inclusive of return transportation to and from the Showcase gallery, and include an art-inspired amenity.
Sharon Harvey, owner of Showcase, said it hopes the suite will “inspire guests to venture out into Dubai’s varied and exciting art districts during their stay”. An en-suite iPad will provide detailed information on each of the works and they are designed to complement the suite’s modern Arabian design. Guests will also have the option to buy pieces.
The resort is currently hosting award winning Magnum photographer, Olivia Arthur, as part of their ongoing Artist in Residence program.