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The Media One Hotel in Dubai

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Sleek, glossy, futuristic, plush and oozing with effortless cool, the Media One Hotel looms above the skylines of the Arabian Gulf with a bold, expansive vitality.

From the undulating minimalistic curves of its rooms to the irreverent sculptured art hangings in the dining area and the dazzling, multi-prism bliss of its terraces, this intriguing resort embraces forward-thinking comforts and aesthetics with equanimity. Fusing a youthful, hip dining and bar culture with state-of-the-art conference spaces, cutting-edge gym and poolside areas, and exciting avant-garde art flourishes, the Media One Hotel is a progressive environment that redefines hotel travel for a new millennium.

The location
This dizzying, glass-flanked high rise resort is ideally situated in Dubai Media City (DMC), positioning you front and centre of some of the area's most unbelievable views, shopping experiences and man-made wonders, from the mighty sky-scraping awe of the Burj Khalifa to the Dubai Fountain with its exquisite musical light show. An uber-contemporary jewel glistening on the shores of the Persian Gulf, this hotel places you minutes away from Dubai's Marina Walk, where you can traverse one of the world's most dramatic waterfronts.

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You're also close to the city's first outdoor shopping and dining promenade, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), with over 300 restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques, plus other unrivalled shopping experiences such the heterogenous palatial splendour of the Mall of the Emirates and the massive, multifarious retail wonderland of Ibn Battuta Mall. You're also ideally situated to gaze at one of the world's largest hotels, Burj Al Arab, with its iconic curved edge designed to look like the sail of a ship, or just lose yourself in the dreamlike expanses of JBR's and Mina Seyahi's sandy beaches. All this, and you're merely moments from the Nakheel Metro Station, a 20-minute drive from the Dubai World Trade Centre, and a 30-minute drive from Dubai International Airport.

The highlight
One of the hotel's unarguable highlights would have to be the arresting views it affords of this pioneering and architecturally astounding metropolis.

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To gaze out from its terraces and hotel room windows across the bewildering innovations that have revolutionised this stretch of coastline is simply phenomenal, and you are sure to be awe-struck by the sheer solid shimmering expanse of the Persian Gulf, studded by the fantastical man-made circular archipelago of Palm Jumeirah and the sheer spectacle of the Dubai Marina, and flanked on each side by such feats of the imagination as the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest twisted man-made structure, the Cayan Tower, and the world's biggest natural flower display, the utterly beguiling Dubai Miracle Garden. Standing high above such delirious manifest examples of astonishing landscaping and architectural accomplishment, one cannot fail to also appreciate the hotel's own dynamic, stylish and ultra-contemporary architectural innovations. With its tectonic largesse and highly reflecting glass-walled vision, it offers accommodation with true distinction, and every aspect of its streamlined, futuristic design, from the terraces to the rooftop pool, is deployed to fully capitalise on this extraordinary vista - a testament to the unconventional and unbridled vision of a nation hurtling towards a new cosmopolitan adventure.

The style
Inner visions of Arabian splendour don't come much more inviting or urbane than they do at the Media One Hotel, with its statuesque glass-panelled communal spaces, undulating white furnishings, sleek curved walls, eclectic and experimental artworks, and truly sublime rooftop terraces.

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Business and recreational travellers alike will be inspired, invigorated and intoxicated by these calming, minimalist interiors with their ultra-modern flourishes of neoteric grandeur. There's a discernibly youthful and spirited bias that slices through this highly contemporary decor, however, permeating the glass walls with a vibrant decadence, something the hotel likes to refer to as the 'Go Beyond' philosophy, which, quite simply, puts forward the intent to 'go further than ever to continuously surprise and delight' its clientele and create a hotel with an edge.

The smooth modernistic and youthful lines and contours of the main communal areas continue effortlessly into the pristine, high-tech environs of the 260 sleeping quarters, comprising 250 Hip and Cool rooms and 10 Calm and Chill-Out Suites, each with a soft, flowing minimalism and enterprising contemporary eloquence. There's a cool, airy feel accentuated by large windows, white furnishings and splashes of violet, dark wood and emerald green. Glass-panelled partitions separate rooms from bathrooms, whilst modern paintings lend potency and flourishes of outré urbanity to the youthful dynamics.

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Every modern comfort is provided for the seasoned traveller, including an IP phone, a minibar, 24-hour room service, iPod docking, an impressive range of television services and an excellent WiFi connection. Offering world-class comfort and high-end amenities, each room allows you to gaze out over the Persian Gulf or Palm Jumeirah, taking in those shimmering contours of futuristic verve, drenching the arid heartlands of the Middle East with a sultry, ambient glow.

The service
Professional, personalised service is something the Media One Hotel takes very seriously. As a recipient of the Safehotels Alliance's Premium Certificate, the hotel has a solid track record for ensuring exceptionally high levels of safety, security and attention to detail, and its staff are dedicated to delivering a courteous, considerate and personable service at all times. From the moment you arrive, the concierge will make you feel at home, and the hotel lobby assistants, valet, lifeguards, bar and restaurant staff are all friendly and eager to please. The hotel is happy to offer room service 24 hours a day and help with a host of requirements including complimentary newspapers and laundry facilities, a safe deposit box, tours and ticket assistance, currency exchange, car rental, valet parking and area shuttle, all combining for a unique guest service that truly does 'Go Beyond'.

TOP 4 REASONS TO STAY AT THE MEDIA ONE HOTEL

Poolside indulgence in an ultra-cool setting

Like a fantasy mirror, the hotel's outdoor pool glistens against the eccentric rooftop vista of Dubai high-rise living, reflecting its wildly inventive skyline back at you as you swim, soak and recline amidst the white canopies, palms and skyscrapers, in a surreal state of bliss high above the blue.

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Music-lovers can soak up the night vibes at poolside Dek on 8 or try out the adjacent terrace, Garden on 8, with its outdoors pub ethos, neo-rustic veggie patch and decadent lime-green lighting. Fusing a sporting and drinking culture with a love of nature and the outdoors in one chilled and quirky setting, this al fresco watering hole with a twist features a wishing well, recycled furniture, a fence of padlocks for sweethearts, and copious gnomes, as well as Shisha, ciders and apple-based varietals.

Cool dining, high-rise style
Pleasure-seekers in search of fine dining with an intriguing Middle Eastern ambience will love The Med, the eighth-floor restaurant. Fresh ingredients, unusual Mediterranean flavours and dizzying presentations merge with soft lighting, stunning views and gentle Arabic lounge music to create a truly indulgent culinary experience, and if you visit during Ramadan you can enjoy a contemporary twist on the traditional Iftar.

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Choose from an extensive range of buffet, grills and mains, including Crispy Calamari in a Parmesan Cheese Basket, Pan-Seared Red Mullet, Seared Scallops and Gulf Prawns, and desserts such as the Fig and Honey Pannacotta, Banana and Passion Fruit Pavlova, and a delectable Umali. Seafood aficionados will also love the brand-new Crab Tavern on level nine.

Futuristic chill-out zones and clubbing
For an uber-modern slice of chilled-out bliss, the Media One Hotel offers a choice of bars and lounges designed to help you slide effortlessly into an easy reverie. Hip hangout Z:ONE Lounge offers an eclectic selection of cocktails and snacks, including the delectable Steak Soba Noodles and Wasabi Chocolate, in a vibrant, glass-panelled island-style setting, whilst DJ Da Sendri keeps the vibe fresh and free-style. There's also the hotel's famed outdoor bar and lounge The Dek on 8, which combines ambient poolside chill, famous brunches and expansive city-view terrace pleasures with the chance to cut loose and party to a selection of carefully tailored exotic grooves.

Enjoyable working environment for networking
As well as offering excellent private meeting rooms and conference areas, the Media One Hotel is truly geared towards providing a comfortable, relaxed working environment for the business traveller and thirsty laptop carrier. Its many intimate working spaces offer ample electricity points and an excellent free WiFi, as well as the opportunity to grab a coffee and network in the lounges, bars and clubs.

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In particular, CaféM on the ground floor oozes a carefree, sociable atmosphere for young executives, making it the ideal venue for informal business lunches in Dubai Media City; it's delightfully unconventional, charming and unpretentious, and the cheese and wine nights are sure to delight your new business cohorts once you're finished working and ready to really unwind in style.

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