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Update: Tiara Palm

12 Mar 2008 by Mark Caswell

TiaraTiara Hotels and Resorts has released new details of its first resort on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

Located on the first frond as visitors drive out onto the Palm, the resort is due to open this summer (see online news February 4). Danny Haddad, Tiara’s chief executive officer, told Business Traveller that the resort is aimed principally at business travellers and those in Dubai for incentives and meetings, although it has all the facilities to ensure that visitors won’t miss out on the leisure experience.

Likely to be popular with those travelling with families because of the location and the large suites (65 sqm on average), the 309-room resort will open at the end of this year. Tiara is expecting the resort to attract around 40 per cent of its guests from the GCC countries, with the remainder being international, principally from the UK.

Until now, the promises of Tiara Hotels and Resorts to offer something new in terms of luxury have been hard to visualise, but images recently released give an idea of the impressive nature of the new property. Recognising that, with the incredible Atlantis further down the Palm, there is little point in competing for certain types of business (large groups, for instance), the Tiara Palm property instead offers something very different from other luxury brands.

Designed by F B Eye interior designers from Singapore (f-b-eye.com), the restaurant options include an all-day-dining urban kitchen, multi-station with both à la carte and buffet options, a wine bar on the mezzanine level, a grill house on the top 15th floor (the pool is on the 14th floor), and a beach restaurant and sports bar in the basement. The property has five meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate 130 people in a round-table format.Tiara

Tiara’s second property on Sheikh Zayed Road is also under construction, and will open towards the end of next year. This 332-room property will be housed in one of a pair of towers, the other of which holds an office block. On the edge of Business Bay, it already has a mock-up room available for tours.

For more information visit tiara.com.

Report by Tom Otley

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