May 26, 2022

Dubai’s Kerzner takes over management of Bab Al Shams desert resort

Kerzner International has announced that it has assumed management of Bab Al Shams, one of the emirate’s best-known desert resorts, and that the resort will be refurbished and reopened under its new Rare Finds brand.

Dubai-headquartered Kerzner, which operates The Atlantis Resorts and Residences, as well the One&Only Resorts, announced today that it had assumed management of Bab Al Shams, owned by Dubai-based Meydan.

The resort will close next month to reopen in early 2023.

Under the refurbishment, the resort will maintain its equestrian identity but have a “completely renewed aesthetic”, Kerzen said, including world-class restaurants, an infinity pool and outdoor activity itineraries.

Gilles Sohier will be its general manager, having served most recently as resort manager at One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai.

Kerzner said it had plans to strategically grow its Rare Finds portfolio in the coming years.