There’s nowhere in the world for hospitality like Dubai and this year is no exception. From new title-holders, to island gems, we’ve rounded up eight new additions to the hotel scene for the year ahead. Get packing those bags.
The world’s tallest hotel is getting ready to open in Dubai, consisting of an impressive 75 floors and measuring 356 metres in height.
The Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in the Trade Centre area, will contain 528 guest rooms and suites and four restaurants when it opens in the first quarter of the year.
To put its huge stature in perspective, Gevora Hotel will be more than three times taller than Big Ben, 56 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower, and around equal to the length of three football pitches.
The new hotel will be a dry one and promises “the best of Middle Eastern hospitality and exclusivity”. Sounds lovely.
Sheikh Zayed Road, World Trade Centre area, www.facebook.com/gevorahotel.
Grand Millennium Business Bay Hotel
With breathtaking views of Dubai Water Canal and a convenient Downtown location, Grand Millennium Business Bay ticks all the boxes, whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure. The hotel has 251 rooms and suites and seven restaurants, including Mexican rooftop restaurant “Toca Madera” and swanky five-star amenities that will make you feel like you’re being properly looked after. The hotel is set to open its doors in the second quarter of the year and we’re waiting with bated breath.
Business Bay, www.millenniumhotels.com.
Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport
Hampton by Hilton is making its debut in the Middle East next year, opening the world’s largest Hampton by Hilton property at Dubai International Airport. The hotel will consist of a whopping 430 rooms with top service and swish amenities and will be open in the first half of this year. We can’t wait for a nose around.
Near Dubai International Airport, Terminal 2, Garhoud, www.hamptonbyhilton.com.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Beach
Two Mandarin Oriental hotels are currently in the works for Dubai, the first of which is expected to open on Jumeirah beach in the fourth quarter of the year. The hotel will boast 200 rooms including 12 villas, as well as nine restaurants and bars, and a 525 sq m ball room for the twinkle toes among us. There will also be a lavish spa to take the weight off, with luxurious treatments on offer.
Jumeirah Beach Road, www.mandarinoriental.com.
Radisson Blu Waterfront Business Bay
Another fancy one set to open in the early part of this year is the Radisson Blu Waterfront Business Bay. The hotel is made up of 432 stylish rooms and suites with private balconies overlooking the skyline, including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Canal. The hotel will be teaming with restaurants and bars, including super-club Gotha, or head to Maka bar for a cosy experience with a Scottish touch.
Al Abraaj Street, Business Bay, www.radissonblu.com (04 390 0070).
Stella Di Mare
The five-star Stella Di Mare is expected to open in the early part of this year, and will be the first international location for the hotel brand, which already has six highly successful resorts in Egypt. Among 31 floors and 396 luxurious rooms in Dubai Marina, you’ll find three splendid restaurants and three smashing bars – including the signature rooftop bar, Skyland.
The first of the restaurants is Leonardo, an impressive Italian with artsy interiors inspired by the flair of Leonardo da Vinci. Triton is a fusion and Mediterranean food restaurant and La Fontana is an all-day dining venue offering an international buffet.
Dubai Marina, www.stelladimare.com/dubai_marina_hotel (055 900 6446).
TIME Asma Hotel
TIME Asma Hotel in Al Barsha is expected to open in the first quarter of the year and will feature 232 rooms, restaurants and a line-up of facilities and services. What really sets this hotel apart, however, is that it will be run almost entirely by women. The ladies will make up 80 percent of the total work force with dedicated services including female room service, a female-only check-in counter, dedicated women-only guest relations, in-house baby-sitting services and in-room beauty treatments.
Al Basha Road, Al Barsha 1 (04 416 1000).
W The Palm
The second W in Dubai, the first being in Al Habtoor City, is set to open in June on the Palm Jumeirah and will feature 350 rooms and suits with stunning views of the Dubai skyline and the Arabian Gulf. You can relax in the AWAY Spa, chill out on the SoBe rooftop, or get stuck into some fancy grub at Torno Subito and Akira Back, before embracing your carb coma on the crystalline sands of the private beach.
Palm Jumeirah (05 581 3513).