Having secured the bid to host World Expo 2020, big things are on the horizon for Dubai. The six-month run will be the first time the event has ever taken place in the Middle East, and will also kick off the country’s Golden Jubilee anniversary celebrations. With an estimated 25 million visitors set to make their way to the Dubai desert, the rush is on to open a fleet of spectacular new hotels. We’ve picked out the top new hotels opening in Dubai in 2015, to help you stay ahead of the crowd.
Sprawled out along the Dubai Creek is an opulent project by Italian mega-brand Versace. A 214-room hotel will be flanked on either side by two wings of palatial residences designed with the upper crust in mind. The thread count is set to be high, the floors mosaic and marbled and the rooms completely outfitted with Versace’s signature fabrics and finishes. Original plans called for a “refrigerated beach”, but this has since been scrapped. But chances are this won’t sway your decision on staying at the Palazzo Versace Dubai. If anything, it’ll be the price. How much will a night here set you back? Well, as the old saying goes: if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
Paramount, the famed Hollywood studio, will lend its name and prestige to a four-tower development offering magnificent views of the city’s skyline and jet setter luxury amenities such as private yacht and jet charters. The first in a string of Paramount-affiliated hotels in Dubai, the Damac Towers are being built near the yet-to-be-developed Trump International Golf Course. The four towers of the 540-room hotel and residences will coalesce into a multi-level plaza below, offering a selection of restaurants, nightclubs, pioneering gym facilities and “expansive” pools. In addition to all of that there will also be an in-house kids club, and (since this is Paramount, after all) a deluxe screening room.
The Hong Kong-based Langham Hospitality Group will not only open its first establishment in the Middle East, but also the company’s first resort in what it’s calling a “global collection”. The 323-room resort will provide all guests with outdoor terraces and inspiring seascapes of the Persian Gulf, along with a 13,000 square foot recreational facility including a pool, kids club and the Chuan Spa with 26 treatment rooms. The Palm Court, modelled after The Langham in London where the tradition of afternoon tea was born, will serve as The Langham’s culinary centrepiece and a pleasant reminder of the hotel’s rich heritage. Other dining options will include a waterfront seafood restaurant and an Arabic-Italian fusion café.
Starwood are set to unveil a trio of five-star hotel’s including the St Regis, a flagship W and a new Westin complex a couple of years ahead of the original 2017 scheduled completion date. Occupying a one million square foot site on the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road, Starwood will first introduce the St. Regis in the second quarter of 2015, the W in the third quarter and The Westin towards the end of the year. The complex, in its entirety, will add over 1,675 rooms to Dubai’s skyline and will include a 1,100-seat theatre, shopping arcade, sports academy, a multi-themed restaurant and an entertainment centre reminiscent of those usually found in Las Vegas. The development will be placed along a yet-to-be rerouted creek in close proximity to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall with two pedestrian bridges providing easy access into the heart of the city.
If proximity to shopping and city amenities is what you’re after then The Address The BLVD will be the perfect place to stay come 2015. Standing 370m high, the 72-storey building will include 523 private residences along with a 200-room, five-star hotel. The hotel will be linked to Downtown Dubai via an air-conditioned footbridge, allowing guests to enjoy a world of superlatives within walking distance, with the world’s tallest tower, the world’s tallest dancing fountain and the world’s biggest mall at their disposal. But there’s much more to Dubai than this and with equally easy access to a metro station, the hotel will offer guests an excellent opportunity to explore the rest of the city too.
Next year the Rosewood Dubai will open within the centrally located Dubai International Financial Centre. Comprising a mix of residences and 250 deluxe guest rooms and suites, the Rosewood will encompass the best of business and pleasure in Dubai. With a “spectacular” grand ballroom, state-of-the-art business centre and trademark Rosewood Spa, guests can look forward to the highest standards of luxury on offer in the Middle East. In addition, the hotel will also host two fine dining venues and a rooftop pool.
Dubai is already home to the tallest hotel in the world and soon the city will surpass itself by opening Marina 101, which will have the distinction of being the second tallest building in the city behind the Burj Khalifa. Proposed to open in early 2015, the hotel will include 300 rooms alongside 420 hotel apartments. Six restaurants and lounges, a nightclub, a selection of luxury pools and spas and two gymnasiums with squash courts will be housed within the building. Enjoy incredible panoramic views in the lifts on the way up to the penthouse bar. And when you’re done, the Dubai marina sits on the hotel’s doorstep, waiting to be explored.
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Written by Jimmy Dawson