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World’s tallest hotel to open in October

21 Jun 2012 by BusinessTraveller
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is set to open the first of two 800-room towers in October, making it the world’s tallest dedicated hotel building. There are several hotels within taller buildings, including the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (also within the Marriott portfolio), with its bar, swimming pool and gym on the 118th floor of the mixed-use ICC Tower, but Marriott says the 355-metre high JW property will be the tallest standalone hotel building. Located in Dubai’s Business Bay on Sheikh Zayed Road, the hotel’s two identical towers will each house just over 800 rooms, although only one of the towers will open to guests in October, along with the property’s public spaces. The second tower will be fitted out at a later date according to demand, but general manager Rupprecht Queitsch hopes both will be operational by the end of 2014. Each floor of the first tower will house just 14 rooms, measuring from 55sqm, and there will be 126 Club suites with access to the 31st floor lounge. The hotel will house comprehensive food and beverage and events spaces, including nine restaurants, three bars, a nightclub, two ballrooms measuring 1,200 and 1,400sqm, and 24 further meeting rooms. The ‘Marquis’ element of the hotel’s name is used to signify the property’s extensive convention facilities, following on from the original New York Marriott Marquis with its 81 meeting rooms and 2,800-capacity ballroom. Seven of the restaurants will open in October with the first tower of rooms, followed by further openings in November and December. Among the offerings will be a 68th floor steakhouse, Italian, Thai, Japanese and Lebanese restaurants, as well as Rang Mahal Indian Restaurant, with a menu created by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, founder of Benares restaurant in London. Queitsch said the hotel would partner with “a big brand name” for its nightclub, and added that there would be a focus on wines throughout the property, including a dedicated wine bar seating up to 178 guests. As Queitsch put it, meetings and conventions will be “the bread and butter” for the hotel, with a total of over 5,000sqm of events space. He said that the hotel has already taken a five-night group booking for 700 guests, and added that when the second tower is opened the hotel will be capable of taking bookings of up to 1,300 guests, allowing it to compete with established convention centres in the likes of Madrid, Lisbon, Las Vegas and Orlando. The hotel is owned by the Emirates Group, and Queitsch hopes that the airline’s extensive non-stop route network will encourage convention bookings from the major markets of the US and Europe. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will be the second property by Marriott’s upscale brand in the emirate, joining the JW Marriott Dubai in the Deira district. Last month the group saw the soft opening of a very different JW property, a 243-room property in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku (see online news May 25), and there are currently around 30 properties in the brand’s pipeline. For more information visit marriott.com. Report by Mark Caswell
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