Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre Hotel is celebrating 25 years of hospitality this year with a series of events and activities.
Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre has been a hospitality landmark in the area, welcoming guests from all over the world, since opening its doors in 1998. Standing over the Dubai Creek and conveniently attached to City Centre Deira shopping mall, the 313-key property has solidified itself as a reliable, welcoming and premium hospitality destination in the Dubai Creek area.
Throughout 2023, the property has unveiled a range of specially curated offers, competitions on social media and events, in addition to the exclusive gifts, packages and offers available for all guests.
TTN spoke to Nishan Silva, Regional General Manager at Accor, on the celebrations.
Please take us through 2023, the year of celebrations for Pullman DCC and its 25th anniversary
The festivities commenced with a gala dinner, welcoming VIP guests, key clientele, media, and influencers. The hotel also introduced special offers aimed at enhancing guests' stays and experiences.
Executive Pastry Chef at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Chef Dammika Herath, also created a luxurious box of chocolates using 25-year-old vintage cocoa from Gran Couva, Trinidad.
The hotel also took guests back in time with a unique stay experience – Step Back Suite, which was designed with décor that took guests back to a nostalgic time. The celebrations will conclude with the Chronicles of Ceylon festival this November and the festive celebrations – Christmas & New Years in December.
How did the idea of Chronicles of Ceylon come about?
For many years, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre Hotel has been hosting various high-profile Sri Lankan events, including weddings and social gatherings, and has welcomed numerous Sri Lankan dignitaries. The hotel's Executive Chef, Rozio Methias, and Executive Pastry Chef, Dammika Herath, both hailing from Sri Lanka, represent different regions of the island country. Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre Hotel has earned a reputation not only for presenting sophisticated international cuisines but also for offering high-quality, flavourful, and authentic Sri Lankan food to its patrons.
Through the Chronicles of Ceylon, both chefs are bringing flavours from their heritage and recipes passed down over generations, with each dish telling a story woven with tradition.
One of the primary motives for hosting this food festival was to entice and introduce our guests to the beautiful cuisine of Sri Lanka. The aim is not only to cater to the Sri Lankan residents of the UAE but also to those who are interested in exploring and learning more about the country’s food, culture, and culinary heritage.
Please tell us about the Chronicles of Ceylon and how the festival will be experienced by both inhouse guests and F&B guests.
The Chronicles of Ceylon is a highly anticipated event. The Chronicles of Ceylon will highlight Sri Lankan-inspired dishes, presenting five dishes from each of the island's five distinct regions: North, South, Central, Cosmopolitan, and Rural from November 24 to 26. It will offer a tantalising array of 25 salads and snacks, 25 main courses, and 25 desserts, collectively celebrating the richness and diversity of Sri Lankan cuisine.
The hotel has tied up with Kiru Kishokumar, the renowned Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, who has her roots from Jaffna. Kiru, along with the hotel’s chefs, will present the Jaffna recipes passed down through three generations and offer an authentic, healthy, delicious and true representation of the northern food of Sri Lanka.
Bringing the food of her Malay heritage will be Ruzaina Hadgie, a celebrated spokesperson for Sri Lankan cuisine and a food enthusiast. Working alongside Chef Roziro and Chef Dammika, she will recreate recipes that represent her roots.
To kick-start the celebrations, the hotel will also host two exclusive pop-ups featuring the renowned fashion designer Ramona Oshini and Island People.Co, founded by Dubai-based Interior Designer, Kaushali Fernando.
Do you have a lot of guests from the Subcontinent, in particular, from Sri Lanka? Could you tell us about your major feeder markets please?
We do receive a significant amount of business from India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, Additionally, our other key markets include the GCC, the UK, France, and the USA, among others.
Tell us about your special suites, in particular the one that takes guests back in time?
The Step Back Suite was decorated with interiors that are reminiscent of generations past, with the story-driven suite setting the stage for guests to experience what hospitality was like back in the day. The bed and lounge area was furnished with quirky textiles, lace curtains, and vintage lampshades.
Thoughtfully curated down to the smallest details, the suite features a globe, a traditional alarm clock, an antique radio, and a dial-up telephone to call guest services. When we designed this, our goal was to immerse guests in hospitality history, all while making sure their stay is unforgettable.
Please tell us about any special services offered at the property and your proximity to Deira City Center…
Pullman Dubai Creek City is connected to the City Centre Deira shopping mall. The hotel houses an all-day dining - Medley Restaurant, serving international cuisine buffets. La Fabrique Sports Bar is the perfect place to unwind with friends and family to enjoy pub grub/bites and innovative and exciting drinks and guests can catch all the sport action on the screens. Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre also has t-Lounge by Dilmah, an upscale, elegant place designed around the enjoyment and appreciation of fine tea; complemented by light snacks and tea inspired food and beverages.
Please tell us about your spa, health and fitness facilities ...
The hotel has a Fit and Spa Lounge – with a fitness centre and rooftop swimming pool that provides a peaceful haven to our guests. -TradeArabia News Service