ANTICIPATED NEW HOTEL, DUKES, HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED
Sunday 2nd April marked the official opening of DUKES DUBAI, a quintessentially British, five-star offering located on the west trunk of Palm Jumeirah. The property combines luxury with British values and exceptional levels of service, synonymous with the hotel’s sister property DUKES LONDON. This also marks the first international property for DUKES under the DUKES COLLECTION umbrella. DUKES DUBAI consists of 279 guestrooms including 64 suites, with a ladies-only Liberty Duchess floor featuring 20 rooms furnished exclusively by Liberty Fabrics, as well as 227 fully furnished hotel apartments and six distinctive dining experiences. The idyllic setting of the hotel allows guests to take advantage of an entire resort, encompassing a golden sandy beach with stunning views over the Dubai Marina skyline; as well as a temperature-controlled infinity pool and lazy river; kids’ facilities for the youngsters and a poolside bar for the adults.
SHANGRI-LA DUBAI‘S EXCLUSIVE OFFERINGS
The renovation of 302 rooms and suites will be fully completed in 2018 and will place Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai firmly as one of the most desirable destination hotels in Dubai for both international business travellers and tourists as well as discerning locals alike. Already all the communal areas have been completed plus two full floors of rooms. The guest rooms are being designed with style and comfort front of mind. A touch of classic glamour is conveyed through the warmth of Asian-influenced, wooden fixtures and fittings combined with white, blush and pastel blue soft furnishings. With every guest room situated on the highest floors of the hotel, each visitor will enjoy inspiring and far-reaching views either across the Arabian Sea, or of the architecturally inspiring Dubai city skyline. In the meantime, Shangri-La Dubai keeps updating its exclusive offering – amongst the newest additions:
- In-room meditative postcards – the set features four postcards, a wooden stand, coloured pencils and a sharpener. Guests are invited to colour one of four familiar scenes from around the hotel for relaxation
- Asian High Tea: Afternoon tea served in the Lobby Lounge featuring Asian inspired sweet and savoury items
- Vegan spa treatments – Shangri-La offers a selection of treatments that are 100% vegan, using products that contain no animal byproducts
- Late night spa experience: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La is staying open until midnight to pamper guests after a long day out in the sunshine
Visit www.shangri-la.com/dubai/shangrila for more information.
AL BANDAR ROTANA AND AL BANDAR ARJAAN BY ROTANA TO OPEN THIS YEAR
Al Bandar Rotana is set in the heart of Dubai’s business district, just a short distance from Dubai Creek and high-end shopping malls. This five-star property will feature 190 luxurious rooms and suites, five dining outlets, swimming pool, Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Centre, sauna, steam rooms and massage room. Situated adjacent to Al Bandar Rotana hotel, Al Bandar Arjaan is just a short drive from Dubai Airport. Featuring 90 fully furnished serviced apartments, Al Bandar Arjaan is set to become a sought after property for both business and leisure travellers.
Visit www.rotana.com for more information.
R HOTELS PRESENTED NEWEST DUBAI PROPERTIES
R Hotels introduced the latest addition to its growing portfolio at the latest Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in collaboration with Accor Hotels. The four-star resort The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is scheduled to open this summer, and will feature 255 rooms and suites with sea views. This will be one of the first MGallery hotels in the Middle East.
For more information, visit https://rhotels.ae/en
MADINAT JUMEIRAH UNVEILS REVOLUTIONARY VIRTUAL PLANNER FOR EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
Madinat Jumeirah is delighted to unveil a new cutting-edge virtual online planning tool which is set to revolutionise event and conference planning at the Arabian Resort of Dubai. The user-friendly booking tool takes event planners through five simple stages of venue selection and layout customisation. Taking over a year to be completed, each piece of furniture has been meticulously photographed to provide an accurate representation of the event spaces. This latest technological development demonstrates Jumeirah’s commitment to providing the highest quality, seamless booking experience for event planners. This virtual planner can also be used on tablets and mobile devices, and can even be downloaded as an app to maximize ease.
For more information, visit http://jumeirah.virtualplanner.com/MadinatJumeirah-v044
HILTON‘S CURIO COLLECTION SIGNS NEW HOTEL IN DUBAI
Hilton has signed a management agreement with Khamas Group of Investments to open a hotel under the Curio Collection by Hilton brand in Dubai, set to open in 2019. The 252-room hotel will be located in Business Bay on the Dubai Water Canal, a 3.2 km waterway that winds through the city and connects to the Arabian Gulf. It will be near a 12 km circular waterfront promenade which will include 16 parks, five marinas, ‘floating’ retail and dining outlets on the water and a yacht club when complete. The property will also offer easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road and major attractions such as the Dubai Opera, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountains and the Burj Khalifa. The upscale hotel will feature four dining outlets including a lobby lounge, an outdoor lounge offering shisha and an all-day dining restaurant with stunning views of downtown Dubai, Business Bay and the Dubai Water Canal. All guests will have access to spa, salon and fitness facilities along with an outdoor pool. The hotel will also offer a business centre, five meeting rooms and two boardrooms. With its Arabesque design concept borrowing influences from the region’s rich heritage, the hotel will have its own unique character and personality, appealing to curious travellers seeking authentic Middle Eastern experiences.
ACCOR HOTELS BRINGS MAMA SHELTER HOTEL BRAND TO DUBAI
Dubai has been selected to be the location for the first Mama Shelter hotel in the Middle East, set to open before 2020. Accorhotels MEA announced the brand’s regional arrival during a panel at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Mama Shelter is positioned as a trendy, casual boutique brand from Cyril Aouizerate and the Trigano family (ClubMed) with designs by Philippe Starck. “The idea is to create something new and different, about welcoming people around an F&B experience,” said Olivier Granet, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Accorhotels MEA. “It’s something which is simple but at the same time authentic. You’ll find different generations and social categories – it’s really about the experience.” Accor opened ibis Styles Makkah this week, the first international economy-branded hotel in the city, and recently announced it will manage the largest Mercure globally in Dubai from May.