Retaining a grasp of its local heritage the Fairmont Ajman is a sophisticated hotel designed to successfully marry the traditional and the contemporary. Dark wood paneling blends and combines with neutral tones and flashes of ruby, amber and azure to create a finished product that is thoroughly modern but yet still pays tribute to the rich culture of the region.
The key feature of this stunning hotel though is the Swarovski crystal encrusted ceiling fixture suspended high above the circular lobby designed to represent a fishing net. Directly below it, the aqua-coloured rugs mimic the ocean bringing the stunning beauty of the Arabian Gulf indoors.
The concept behind the reception entrance and public spaces was inspired by an abstraction of the geometries found in Arabic patterns and translated into sculptures, decorative screens, and floor patterns. A feature folded timber and bronze backdrop behind the uniquely-shaped concierge and reception desks acts as a curtain concealing the administration areas.
The contemporary traditional theme is carried throughout the hotel with each of the eight restaurants following their own individual style to create their own identities. In Spectrum the feel is very much that of an artisan food market. The buffet counters and islands are made from neutral beige reconstituted stone material and are complemented by a splash of bright red octagonal glazed mosaics from Casa Mia. Materials are warm and rustic but detailed with a contemporary flair. Local and Middle Eastern influences are brought together with brass lanterns, upholstery, embroidery, and handcrafts.
Inspired by Topkapi Sultan’s Palace in Istanbul the signature Turkish restaurant is bold and dramatic with rich fabrics and a beautiful blue and jade green color palette. The ceramic tiles used as wall features and as an accent to the bar counter are sourced directly from Turkey. They depict floral and arabesque patterns which identify in pictorial harmony, the elite craftsmanship style of the area during the Ottoman period. Concrete tiles sourced from Turkey with a simplified Arabic star pattern in its raw form were also used as a complementing wall feature to tone down the bright colors of the Turkish restaurant.
In the guest rooms, the focus is on using a color palette derived from natural elements including Arabic inspired precious stones and metal fretwork. They are divided into four color schemes: azurite and silver; rubies and antique copper; amber and light copper; amethyst and gold.