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W Dubai, St. Regis Dubai and Westin Dubai opening 2017

Originally published on 26/04/2012 - Filed under: News »

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Dubai has been waiting a while for a W hotel and St Regis - and the wait will linger a little while longer.

But today we had confirmation not only that they are coming, but both at once.

Habtoor & Starwood announced today that they will open Dubai's first 241-room St. Regis (with 49 suites) & W Dubai (384 rooms, including 88 suites) at Habtoor Palace, as well as a 966-room Westin in 2017, together with a Metropolitan Hotel.

St Regis Dubai will offer meeting and event space as well as eight culinary, lounge and bar venues, a signature spa, pool, fitness centre and a vast 8,600sq ft ballroom.   

The hotel will offer eight contemporary dining venues, the signature W Lounge (W’s reinterpretation of the traditional hotel lobby), WET pool deck, SWEAT state-of-the-art fitness center, a signature spa and contemporary meeting and event spaces, including the W Great Room.

In January, it was announced that the Metropolitan Dubai will be transformed into the Habtoor Palace, a five-star complex that will include three separate hotels (click here). Work on the $1.3 billion project is due to start in the first quarter and take at least four years to complete.

The most eye-catching feature of the complex will be a 1,000-seat theatre that will host up to two Vegas-style productions each day, located on an underneath podium, complete with water features and movable floors. The entrance to the palace will feature extensive landscaping.

Demolition work will start start shortly followed by digging in June.

Khalaf Al Habtoor said it was important to differentiate between history and the new global commercial demands, and future needs of the UAE amid its ongoing growth - and with that in mind, decided to team up with an established global operator such as Starwood.

Along with W Dubai, the W brand has plans to open W hotels in Abu Dhabi, Amman and Muscat. To date, the only hotel in the Middle East is the W Doha.

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Report by Dominic Ellis

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