Case study: dwp’s Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Dubai uses the oud as interior inspiration

The interiors of the new Doubletree by Hilton Dubai Business Bay embody authentic modern styles and sleek Arabic design.

Set in vibrant Bay Square, a new shopping, dining, and retail community in Dubai’s Business Bay, the design concept for the new DoubleTree by Hilton reinterprets the essence of Emirati culture in a dynamic and edgy manner.

Design Worldwide Partnership (dwp) undertook design, tender, and construction-stage services. For the interiors of this property, the design team drew inspiration from the traditional string instrument, the Oud, as well as from the hotel’s lively neighbourhood.

“Dubai is a city renowned for its dynamism and thriving business community, and nowhere encapsulates this more than Business Bay,” says Carol Finnie, portfolio director at dwp.

She tells Commercial Interior Design that the layout of the 238-key hotel is further inspired by the idea of a “home away from home”, featuring living room-like spaces complete with eclectic furniture and colour palette.

“It just feels so open, welcoming, and fresh,” says Finnie. “The client brief was to create a modern city hotel that was also warm, inviting, comfortable, and relaxing. The concept revolves around the simplicity of happiness and comfortable luxury. Guests are welcomed with a cookie at check-in.”

In Arabic culture, the Oud is considered to be “the king of instruments”. Elements of the Oud’s design are incorporated into the property – its warm, glossy wood finish and rounded form are reinterpreted in areas of the hotel such as the reception and surrounding break-out areas in the lobby.

Finnie continues: “We took the Oud instrument as an inspiration, which was a great item to dissect and break down to unique elements, which we then used it in different aspects of the hotel.

“At dwp, we often take an unusual item and break it down to create a story and come up with an original design.”

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