SH Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled plans to set a new standard of glamour and luxury in Dubai, the hospitality hub of the Middle East, with the opening of Baccarat Hotel & Residences Dubai in 2026. The hotel is part of a new ultra-luxury mixed-use development in Downtown Dubai, facing the famed Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The property’s twin tapering towers, designed by world-renowned architectural firm Studio Libeskind, will combine a best-in-class luxury hotel with full-service branded residences. The structures’ glimmering glass facades–reflective of desert sand, sea, and sun–evoke the exquisite luminosity of the House of Baccarat, a name associated for over two centuries with timeless objets d’art collected by kings, queens, maharajas, film and rock stars.
The project will be managed by SH Hotels & Resorts affiliated and newly established regional team in London, under the leadership of Robert Koren, who was recently appointed to SVP and Area Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East & Africa. This latest development exemplifies SH Hotels & Resorts’ sustained commitment to driving the firm’s growth in the region.
From its central location in the heart of Downtown Dubai, guests will enjoy convenient access to new and old Dubai, including iconic skyscrapers and the colourful cultural attractions of a venerable port city. From the panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Frame to Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Creek, bustling as ever with vintage wooden boats and riverside ferries, Dubai offers a unique variety of experiences that never fail to impress.
The hotel features 144 guestrooms, a third of them suites, along with 49 Baccarat-branded private residences, designed by the London-based design studio 1508, a firm known worldwide for its subtle, expressive reinterpretations of local vernacular design languages. Food and beverage offerings include a formal dining room with indoor and outdoor seating, private dining rooms, a casual poolside bar, and a Grand Salon serving morning pastries, afternoon tea, and a champagne and wine program into the evening.
Baccarat Hotel Dubai will be owned and developed by Shamal Holding, a diversified investment firm that deals in the extraordinary. Upon opening in 2026, Baccarat Hotel Dubai will offer a level of elegance and opulence reflective of the unparalleled heritage and know-how of the House of Baccarat, the ultimate symbol of French joie de vivre.
Baccarat Hotels & Resorts launched in 2015 in New York, the first hotel and global flagship for the more than 250-year-old Baccarat crystal brand. Directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and steps away from Fifth Avenue’s legendary shopping, the 114 exquisitely appointed guest rooms & suites are designed to delight the senses with lavish finishes and artisanal attention to detail.
The Baccarat name has long been synonymous with royalty: kings and queens, sultans and tsars, moguls and modern-day stars. Its glittering objets d’art are defined by their elegance and authenticity, used throughout the most sumptuous repasts and celebrations of life. Baccarat is translating its essence into contemporary culture, while still paying homage to its history. Baccarat Hotel New York has earned the prestigious Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Awards. The brand currently has projects under development in Brickell, Florence, Riyadh and Rome.