Dubai is home to a collection of impossibly futuristic buildings but if there’s one that really stands out amongst the rest it’s The Opus (sorry Burj Khalifa). 

Located in Business Bay, the unmissable structure was designed by late Iraqi-British architect legend, Dame Zaha Hadid. Also behind The Riverside Museum in Scotland and Guangzhou Opera House, Hadid’s work is characterised by its eye-catching contemporary style, often employing the use of both organic and angular designs.

ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid

ME Dubai hotel at The Opus

At first glance, one of its unique defining features is the fact that it has a gaping hole through it. As you enter through the lobby of the ME Dubai hotel, you are greeted with befittingly eye-catching interior design, also conceived by Hadid. The impressive backdrop makes for an obligatory photo op for any Dubai Instagrammer (as you can see, I’m guilty as charged).

ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid

Restaurants at ME Dubai hotel at The Opus

Also ensconced within The Opus are ME Dubai hotel’s well appointed array of restaurants, including Japanese Robatayaki cuisine at Roka (by Zuma), Latin American flavours at DESEO and tapas from Central.

ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid

Supercars in Dubai

During my last visit there happened to be a load of Lambos on display (welcome to Dubai) so I couldn’t help including a bit of car candy into this post. Dream car or not your bag?

ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid
ME Dubai hotel at The Opus by Zaha Hadid

If you visit Dubai or if you’re a Dubai local who has yet to check The Opus out, I implore you to do so. Be it to stay, to dine, or simply for a cheeky photo op! 

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