8 Upcoming Ultra-Luxury Hotels in GCC that Redefine Opulence and Hospitality

From innovative architectural marvels to sumptuous amenities and bespoke experiences, these hotels will captivate discerning travellers and elevate the region's hospitality

by Priyanka Fernandes
8 Upcoming Ultra-Luxury Hotels in GCC that Redefine Opulence and Hospitality

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is quickly becoming a global hub for luxury and hospitality. As a result, excitement for upcoming ultra-luxury hotels is growing. These establishments go beyond just being a place to stay; instead, they are destinations in themselves. From innovative architectural marvels to sumptuous amenities and bespoke experiences, these hotels will captivate discerning travellers and elevate the region’s hospitality landscape. Here are eight upcoming ultra-luxury GCC hotels that are set to redefine the standards of extravagance and service excellence. 

1. Nujuma Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Red Sea- Saudi Arabia

In 2024, the Nujuma Ritz-Carlton Reserve will open as the first in the Middle East, located on private islands in the Ummahat Island area. With 63 water and beach villas, this resort rivals the Maldives with its overwater accommodations. Amenities include a spa, multiple pools, dining options, shopping, and entertainment facilities. Each villa offers panoramic views, open living spaces, sea view pools, and telescopes for stargazing. At the Nujuma Ritz-Carlton Reserve, you can immerse yourself in luxury amidst Saudi Arabia’s stunning natural beauty.

Where: QHF+983 48502, Saudi Arabia
Cost: Approximately SAR9500 to SAR10500
Opening: Around May 2024

2. Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, Dubai

Another upcoming Hotel in GCC is the new Jumeirah resort, inspired by a superyacht, which sits near the Burj Al Arab. It boasts a private beach, 386 rooms, and 83 hotel apartments. Featuring a three-story spa and multiple pools, including one for families and a VIP adult pool, it offers luxury and relaxation. The resort combines Arabian hospitality with modern luxury and nautical charm. Its rooms, suites, and residences offer panoramic ocean views, with the marina accommodating 82 yachts. Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab also offers integrated wellness and leisure experiences, with signature restaurants in a new all-in-one dining concept.

Where: Jumeirah St – Umm Suqeim 3 – Dubai
Cost: Not Yet Disclosed
Opening: Summer 2024

Also Read: 8 Best Luxury Hotels Across Saudi Arabia To Luxe It Out At

3. Mandarin Oriental, Muscat- Oman

Mandarin Oriental Muscat Oman
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The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Muscat, by Eagle Hills, offer exclusive beachfront living with 156 luxurious homes within the Mandarin Oriental, Muscat community, boasting stunning views of the Arabian Sea. Residents enjoy luxury living minutes from attractions like the Royal Opera House and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Guests can anticipate the opening of Mandarin Oriental Muscat in spring 2024, featuring 103 rooms, 47 suites, a world-class spa, and five diverse restaurants, making it an ideal base for exploring the capital’s culture and beautiful beaches.

Where: JF74+8M5, Muscat, Oman
Cost: Not Yet Disclosed
Opening: Spring 2024

4. Six Senses Residences, The Palm- Dubai

Six Senses The Palm Dubai
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The inaugural Six Senses property in the UAE, situated on Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent, boasts 61 hotel rooms and 162 branded residences. Inspired by coral reefs, its design showcases undulating rooflines and cellular façades. The expansive 60,000 sq ft social and wellness club is a standout feature, housing various facilities, including a longevity clinic, IV lounges, biohacking room, massage circuit pool, and squash court. Anticipated to open in 2024, guests can look forward to an array of amenities, including restaurants, bars, pools, and a kids’ club. Expect sustainably-driven dining options, sports facilities, a Six Senses Spa, a library, and a kids club, among other amenities.

Where:  4429+539 – Palm Jumeirah Rd – Dubai
Cost: Not Yet Disclosed
Opening: Late 2024

5. Nikki Beach Resort And Spa- Oman

Nikki Beach Resort And Spa- Oman(Upcoming Hotels In GCC)
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Set to open in Muscat by the end of 2024, Nikki Beach Resort and Spa will be the first luxury beach resort in the coastal town. Located on Yiti Bay, just a 30-minute drive from Muscat airport, the resort will offer stunning views of the Gulf of Oman. Featuring 140 rooms, 30 pool villas, and renowned Nikki Beach signatures like Café Nikki and Nikki Spa, guests can enjoy three swimming pools and a beach club. Additionally, Nikki Beach-branded residences will be available for those seeking a permanent coastal lifestyle, adding it to the upcoming hotels in GCC.

Where:  GMR9+WH, Yiti, Oman
Cost: Not Yet Disclosed
Opening: Approximately end of 2024

6. Ciel Tower- Dubai


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Construction progresses for Ciel Tower, soon to claim the world’s tallest hotel title, surpassing the Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. Rising 365 meters high with 1,209 luxury suites and serviced residences over 82 floors, it will feature speciality dining, a spa, and a health club. The tower will include the Ciel Observatory & Lounge on the 81st floor and a rooftop Sky Terrace with an infinity pool and bar on the 82nd floor, offering stunning views of Dubai Marina and beyond.

Where:  34QV+2WM – Dubai Marina – Dubai
Cost: Not Yet Disclosed
Opening: First quarter of 2024

7. St Regis Al Mouj, Muscat- Oman

Set to open later this year, The St. Regis Al Mouj Muscat will offer an unparalleled hotel experience along a 360-meter beachfront in Oman. With 250 rooms and suites boasting stunning views, guests can enjoy two swimming pools, a Guerlain spa, and nine signature dining options. The resort will feature a Dana Ballroom and six meeting rooms for events. Nestled on the edge of the Al Mouj Muscat golf course, the luxury hotel promises luxury and relaxation, with renowned dining options including Roberto’s, Coya, and Hakkasan.

Where: Seeb, Oman
Cost: Not Yet Disclosed
Opening: May 2024

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8. The Chedi Hegra ,AlUla- Saudi Arabia

The Chedi Hegra ,AlUla- Saudi Arabia (Upcoming Hotels In GCC)
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The Chedi Hegra has been added to the list of upcoming hotels in GCC. It has a 33-room hotel within AlUla’s Hegra heritage site, home to Nabataean ruins. Seamlessly blending modern architecture with historic structures like the Hegra Fort and Hijaz Railway, the hotel offers a luxurious yet authentic experience. Focusing on sustainability, it features three fine-dining restaurants, a spa, and a pool. Thus making it an ideal destination for travellers seeking convenience and adventure amidst northwest Saudi Arabia’s ancient Nabataean site.

Where: RX62+5VC, Hegra 43541, Saudi Arabia
Cost: Not Yet Disclosed
Opening: Summer 2024

From the shores of Oman to the bustling cityscape of Dubai, these upcoming hotels in GCC are poised to redefine luxury living and travel in the region. With innovative designs, world-class amenities, and a commitment to sustainability, they offer travellers a glimpse into the future of hospitality. 

Cover Image Courtesy: St Regis Al Mouj, Muscat- Oman and Six Senses Residences, The Palm- Dubai

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