Starwood Signs 3 Hotels, 1,675 Rooms in Dubai

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Starwood has signed an agreement with UAE-based conglomerate Al Habtoor Group to open three hotels in Dubai.

Located on a one million square-foot property on Sheikh Zayed Road, the development will include the first St. Regis hotel in Dubai, a W Hotel and a new Westin, adding 1,675 rooms to the city when they open in 2017.

Starwood currently operates 15 properties in Dubai, representing the second largest concentration of the company's hotels in a single city outside of New York.

"We are delighted to partner with Al Habtoor Group on this ambitious development which marks an important milestone for us in Dubai," said Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. "Dubai has surged over the years as a top destination for international travelers. This landmark project underlines Starwood's commitment to continued growth in the region and further strengthens our long-established position as one of the leading hotel operators in the Middle East."

Located in a prime business location overlooking the Burj Khalifa near the Dubai International Financial Centre and Business Bay areas, each hotel will feature a distinct food and beverage component, signature spas and offer views of the city's vibrant skyline. The development will also feature a one-of-a-kind destination entertainment theatre surrounded by landscaped gardens on over 500,000 square-feet of land.

The St. Regis Dubai will feature 241 guest rooms, including 49 suites. The hotel will offer extensive state-of-the-art meeting and event space as well as eight distinctive culinary, lounge and bar venues, a signature spa, swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a 2,600 square foot St. Regis ballroom.

The new W Dubai - Sheikh Zayed Road will provide 384 guest rooms including 88 suites, 4 Wow Suites and 1 Extreme Wow Suite (W's take on the Presidential suite). 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.

The Westin Dubai - Sheikh Zayed Road will feature 1,050 guest rooms and 129 suites. The hotel's guest rooms and suites will be outfitted with the renowned Westin Heavenly Bed as well as the Heavenly Bath, ensuring renewal with the help of the brand's signature amenities and rainforest shower heads with extra-wide spray radius. Other signature features will include the Westin Heavenly Spa, consisting of six treatment rooms and the WestinWorkout fitness facility offering state-of-the-art equipment. The hotel will also offer six distinct food and beverage outlets and more than 8,000 square-feet of meeting and event space including The Westin Ballroom, 14 meeting rooms and a business center.

Starwood currently operates close to 50 hotels in the Middle East, which includes 23 hotels in the UAE. The company is set to open more than 30 hotels in the region over the next few years, representing a portfolio growth of more than 50%. By 2015, the Middle East will become the second region, after North America, to operate all nine of Starwood's world-class brands - St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Meridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft and Element.

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