Gulf Business Subscribe

Dubai To Open World's Tallest Hotel Tower Next Year

The 432-metre tall Marina 101 Hotel & Residence tower is set to open in Dubai Marina in the fourth quarter of 2014.

By Gulf Business | Tourism | Published: 8th September 2013 at 17:10

Marina 101 Hotel & Residence is set to become the world's tallest hotel and residence when it opens in Dubai Marina in the fourth quarter of next year.

Although the project is being billed as "one of the world's tallest hotels", the 432-metre skyscraper will be 77 metres taller than the current tallest, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

The Dhs1.2 billion property is being built by private developer Sheffield Holdings and will be operated by Dream Hotels, part of the Wyndham group, marking the brand's entrance in the Middle East. It will contain 720 units, with 300 hotel rooms and 420 apartments, accommodating short and long-stay guests.

Guests will need a head for heights as they shoot up in glass elevators, and inside, the lifestyle hotel will place emphasis on food & beverage and entertainment with six restaurants and a nightclub on the 101st floor.

Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman of Hampshire Hotels, the parent company which developed Dream Hotels, was upbeat about the brand's prospects, despite stoking competition in the Marina district. "I can see Dubai becoming a mini New York," he said. Dream Hotels has a strong 11-hotel presence in Manhattan with 3,100 rooms.

Brendan McNamara, Brand Development Communication Sales manager, Hampshire Hotels, said Marina 101 has topped out and was confident the property will open on schedule next year. Work is now continuing with the interiors and talks are ongoing with a south-east Asian operator for the spa.

"What I see here is a very traditional luxury product with food and beverage plugged into it - they are a little bit old in the thought processes. Our design is very progressive."

Abu Dhabi, Doha, Istanbul and Lebanon are all earmarked for Dream Hotels.

Related articles

Hilton to open new hotel under Curio collection in Dubai

The two-tower Rosemont Hotel and Residences is set to open on Sheikh Zayed Road in 2018


Dubai's Al Maktoum airport to see prep work next year for Emirates' move

Dubai carrier Emirates plans to move its operations to the new terminal at Dubai South when it completes expansion


Emirates hints at no Dubai Airshow orders, pushes decision on A350/787 to next year

Dubai's flagship carrier has said it is looking at an order for 50 to 70 twin-aisle jets


Dubai's Meydan to build world's tallest residential tower, longest indoor ski slope

The new project boasts the world's tallest residential tower, longest indoor ski slope, largest dancing fountain, highest observation deck and highest sky restaurant


Subscribe to get a Gulf Business update each day.

By Gulf Business