Downtown Dubai is one of the most progressive areas in the Emirate of Dubai. The opening of new spaces such as Dubai Design District (d3), art galleries and luxury boutiques cement the area as one of the region’s major creative and cultural hubs. And one of its newest additions in the hospitality sector is the Rove Downtown Dubai – an artsy boutique hotel that mixes comfortable living with eclectic works of art.
The curators of Rove Downtown Dubai brought in one of the region’s top boutique art consultancies, Capsule Arts which then enlisted top-notch artists for the downtown space, which will be opened to the public soon. Perhaps the most spectacular of all of them is the contemporary cabinet of curiosities, an installation piece in the building’s lobby lounge showcasing works from several artists, such as Alia Al Shamsi and Nasser Al Zayani. The inflatable toy installation in the luggage room is also a sight to see with its hanging blown up animal toys sourced from local bagalas, the small stores which align Jumeirah Beach Road. “It’s very artistic,” exclaimed the Rove team during the hotel’s private art tour. “Exhibiting striking centrepieces in the hotel evokes personal memories of Dubai. We can’t help but recognise the focus on heritage which lent a unique identity to Rove Downtown Dubai.”
The artists made several visits to the hotel in order to create the site-specific works, drawing much of their inspiration from the district’s magnificent surroundings. Dubai’s authentic beauty and history was something the artists wanted to highlight throughout the spacious hotel. Thus, Capsule Arts enlisted a slew of works by renowned, contemporary and locally-based artists. For example, the artwork in the guestroom corridors are designed to be interactive, giving the guests the opportunity to insert themselves into the scene and have their photographs taken.
The artsy hotel, which has art lining the walls on every level, is located next to the Burj Khalifa and in close proximity to several other of the city’s major leisure institutions. The Rove adds a new layer to the city’s rising art scene, offering up museum-calibre pieces, but with the added bonus of a place to eat, sleep and explore as well.