Kinnersley Kent Design (KKD), one of London and Dubai’s most prestigious design consultancies, has completed the interior design of Aloft Al Ain, a stylish new four-star hotel in the heart of the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium development in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Aloft Al Ain is Marriott International’s first property in the Garden City and Aloft’s second property the United Arab Emirates, following Aloft Abu Dhabi. The striking new Aloft hotel is one of the cornerstones of Al Ain’s 500,000 square metre mixed-use Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium development, owned by developer Al Qattara Investments.
It is Kinnersley Kent Design’s second project within the development – the consultancy having previously worked with the developer on the design of the stadium’s public spaces and VIP suites. The scope of works carried out at Aloft Al Ain by Kinnersley Kent Design included interior architectural design and development, spatial planning and overseeing design implementation. A key aspect of the project was adjusting the US concept to meet cultural expectations in the region, and developing new experiences to meet the UAE’s 4-star standard.
New concepts created by Kinnersley Kent Design specifically for Aloft Al Ain include all-day-dining concept Olive Tree; new VIP suites, and The Rooftop – the only rooftop pool bar in Al Ain. As lead interior designers on the project, the consultancy also detailed the design of the rest of the hotel in line with Aloft’s global brand standards. This included the re:mix living room, re:fuel 24/7 snack bar, re:charge fitness centre, W XYZ cocktail bar, Tactic meeting rooms and the 175 Standard and Double guest rooms. The new Aloft hotel offers a new starting point for travellers looking to discover Al Ain, with a bold attitude and aesthetic that makes it unlike anywhere else in the city.
Andreas Plum, General Manager at Aloft Al Ain commented: “Our unique design by Kinnersley Kent Design (KKD) draws inspiration from its urban surroundings, staying true to the Aloft brand essence. The distinctive colourful elements in the design welcome a vibrant and energetic guest experience, and the modern accents set a new trend in Al Ain, offering an innovative, one-of-a-kind experience for local residents and travellers.” Kinnersley Kent Design’s approach embodies Aloft’s ‘Different By Design’ ethos, bringing the energetic brand experience to life throughout the hotel.
The expressive, open spaces foster chance encounters between travellers, igniting a feeling of excitement. The Aloft brand’s design approach is a vibrant mix of urban-influenced modernist style with a bold yet sophisticated use of colour. The standout design elements of the hotel’s public areas are the industrial exposed ceilings, concrete floors, and large, colourful modern artworks. The overall materials palette throughout is natural with an urban edge – featuring polished and matte concrete, untreated and varnished wood, and rough and smooth travertine. Furnishings are casually stylish; a modern take on 1970s design classics.
Design: Kinnersley Kent Design
Photography: Neil Scott Corder