Zulal Wellness Resort: World’s First Wellness Resort Featuring Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine

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Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is the Middle East's first expansive immersive wellness destination

In the realm of wellness, we are commonly familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda, yet Islamic Medicine remains relatively unknown.

Developed by the renowned Thai wellness resort Chiva-Som, Zulal Wellness Resort is the world’s first to ingeniously combine the holistic wisdom of Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) with contemporary therapies and health practices.

TAIM is a comprehensive healing system documented in The Canon of Medicine, a medical encyclopedia authored in 1025 by the Persian physician-philosopher Ibn Sina. TAIM encompasses the use of medicinal herbs and therapies like hijama cupping. The revival of this ancient knowledge, reinterpreted to suit the demands of the 21st century, represents a pioneering approach to preserve cultural heritage and redefine the concept of wellness.

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A 90-minute drive north of Doha, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva Som is situated on the northern tip of Qatar, with the serene coastal backdrop of the Arabian Gulf. Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva Som presents two unique experiences for its visitors. The first is Zulal Serenity, an exclusive retreat tailored to adult guests. On the other hand, Zulal Discovery is designed to cater to families.

At Zulal Serenity, tranquility reigns, and private spaces are exclusively reserved for guests aged 16 and above. This serene environment provides a haven for individuals to escape, decompress, contemplate, and reset in undisturbed peace.

In contrast, Zulal Discovery welcomes guests of all ages, with a special focus on family wellness and interactive bonding experiences. Children are treated to age-appropriate activities, ranging from outdoor adventures to arts, crafts, sports, and games. Meanwhile, parents are encouraged to indulge in the rejuvenating benefits of massage and relaxation offered in the resort’s hydrothermal facilities. The harmonious combination of family activities and parental rejuvenation ensures an all-encompassing experience for everyone at Zulal Discovery.

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Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva Som Resort boasts unparalleled spa and wellness facilities that are truly exceptional. Thoughtfully spread across distinct male and female areas, guests have access to a wide array of amenities. These include invigorating sauna and steam rooms, a rejuvenating Himalayan salt therapy room, a unique snow cave experience, a traditional hammam, as well as both indoor and outdoor pools. For fitness enthusiasts, the resort offers a world-class gymnasium equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Whether seeking relaxation or an invigorating workout, guests can indulge in a comprehensive wellness journey that caters to their every need at Zulal Wellness Resort. 

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At Zulal Wellness Resort, Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine (TAIM) is skillfully integrated, blending ancient indigenous healing wisdom with modern scientific understanding to support guests in their pursuit of a wellness lifestyle.

The majority of services offered at Zulal Wellness Resort draw inspiration from TAIM, ensuring an authentic and profound wellness experience. Therapies incorporate TAIM-based herbal products and reflect the essence of this time-honored healing tradition. Moreover, TAIM’s influence extends to the cuisine offered at the resort, enhancing the culinary experience with wellness-oriented principles.

The journey begins with a TAIM consultation, conducted by a specialized TAIM practitioner. During this 50-minute session, the practitioner delves into the guest’s Mizaj (temperament) and dominant humor (Akhlath) based on TAIM principles, providing personalized lifestyle and herbal recommendations as per Asbab Sita Zaruriya. This consultation sets guests on a lifelong journey towards personal wellness.

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Hijama (dry/wet cupping therapy) is another ancient healing practice available at the resort. By applying suction cups to the body, Hijama stimulates the body’s tissue, energizes stagnant blood and heat, and triggers a localized healing response while supporting toxin removal and cleansing.

The resort also offers Massage Al-Batin, a deeply soothing and therapeutic internal organ massage that targets the abdomen. This technique releases stress and negative emotions held in this area, opening the wind gate and promoting long-lasting health and vitality.

For those seeking a traditional Qatari experience, Zulal Wellness Resort presents the Traditional Qatari Hamiz (deep tissue) massage. Using their signature Tadleek oil infused with indigenous Qatari and Arabic medicinal herbs, combined with quartz stones, this deeply relaxing therapy revitalizes the body, stimulates circulation, and enhances energy flow, honoring the herbal traditions of Qatar.

At Zulal Wellness Resort, there is a sense of pride in offering a diverse range of TAIM-inspired treatments and practices, fostering a transformative journey towards holistic well-being and a greater appreciation of cultural heritage.


Aligned with the principles of TAIM, the culinary journey at Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva Som revolves around the core belief that nourishing the body with wholesome and healthy food is integral to maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life. Spanning across four dining outlets, offering a delightful fusion of Middle Eastern and international cuisines, guests are treated to a delectable array of dishes. These culinary creations are not only rich in flavor but also packed with nutritious, fresh ingredients, carefully crafted to elevate joy, boost energy, invigorate vitality, and promote longevity.

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Every aspect of the guests’ experience at Zulal Wellness Resort seamlessly integrates with our holistic approach to wellness, rooted in local traditions and infused with legendary Arabian hospitality, all with a cosmopolitan outlook. The outcome is truly exceptional – an oasis nestled in the desert, welcoming visitors from both near and far, providing a comforting home away from home where they depart feeling like the best version of themselves.

In essence, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva Som is an idyllic haven, harnessing the pure beauty and restorative power of nature to rejuvenate the human mind, body, and spirit. The resort serves as a sanctuary of well-being, offering a transformative experience that leaves guests feeling refreshed, revitalized, and deeply connected to themselves and the world around them.



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