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25 June 2024

Red carpet for global hospitality marvels

By Bindu Rai

As residents celebrate the tenth year of leadership under His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the vision of this emirate has become a global case study, fuelling exponential growth in its hospitality sector.

Over the past decade, Dubai has rolled out the red carpet for the industry’s top hotel brands, with the iconic Burj Al Arab, the world’s first Armani Hotel and the newly opened Palazzo Versace serving as the face of luxury for the emirate.

A recent survey by Conde Nast Traveller saw two Dubai hotels emerge in the list of Top 100 hotels and resorts in the world, with the One & Only The Palm and the Jumeirah Mina A’Salam setting a benchmark for new hotels to open their doors to unparalleled luxury.

According to data research firm STR Global, 10,969 rooms are under construction in Dubai – the largest in the region.

Dubai’s hospitality sector is poised for steady growth during 2015-18 with 27,000 additional rooms entering the market.

According to figures on the emirate’s hospitality sector released by real estate investment and advisory firm JLL, the emirate will witness a substantial jump during 2016 and 2017, adding 8,400 and 8,000 keys – respectively.

However, another 5,900 rooms supply will come into stream in 2019 – taking the number of keys to 91,200 by 2019-end.

As Dubai looks ahead into a new year and new opportunities under Sheikh Mohammed’s leadership, ‘Emirates 24|7’ brings to the fore the top luxury brands that will make the emirate its home in the next few years:

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai: The luxury lifestyle brand plans to open its beach club in Spring 2016, with the rest of the resort to open later. Located on Pearl Jumeirah and spanning over 52,000 square meters on a private beach, the property will comprise of a boutique hotel and lifestyle residences.

W Dubai Al Habtoor City:
Part of Al Habtoor City, Dubai’s latest integrated urban resort will comprise of three hotels, three high-rise residential towers, and a Las Vegas-style theatre. With 356 guest rooms and suites, the hotel is slated to open March 2016. This will be the first W Hotel in the UAE, though there are plans for two more – the W Abu Dhabi and W Dubai, The Palm – in 2017 and 2018.

The Langham, Palm Jumeirah: Located on the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah with 323 rooms, the hotel is scheduled to open in 2016. It will feature one of the region’s largest hotel recreation facilities covering almost 4,000 square metres over two floors.

Viceroy Dubai, Palm Jumeirah: This property marks the Viceroy’s first venture into Dubai and it’s second in the UAE, with 477 guest rooms and suites planned, all with views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel will be situated at the base trunk of The Palm Jumeirah.

Lapita Hotel: Dubai Parks and Resorts, a Meraas Holding company, is developing an over 500-room Polynesian-themed family hotel in Jebel Ali. Construction of 503-key Lapita Hotel commenced in February 2014, with the opening scheduled for 2016.

The Royal Atlantis: The Dh5.14 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai has already been named in the top 10 global influencers for new luxury developments, Knight Frank said in its “Global Development Report 2015”. Located on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, next to the Atlantis resort, the hotel will include nearly 800 rooms and 250 luxury residences. The expected completion date is 2018.

Bvlgari Hotel & Residences:
Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Meraas Holding, will be the latest luxury brand to open a new hotel in Dubai in 2017. It will be located on the Jumeirah Bay Island, off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Road, sculpted in the shape of a titanic seahorse. The hotel will have 100 rooms and suites, 20 residential villas and a marina.