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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences, Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Lush landscaped gardens juxtaposed against a traditional stone façade form the inviting character of this sophisticated two-million-square-foot, five-star hotel. The hotel comprises 124 executive-serviced apartments and 323 branded apartments. (Gensler designed the interiors for the residences, not the hotel guestrooms or public spaces.) The hotel and apartment buildings are linked by a full-height atrium. A sunken garden is the focal point for two restaurants and bars. In the entrance plaza, a waterfall and several shaded terraces create an inviting ambiance. Amenities include a health suite and spa, pool, tennis court and sun decks.