One of London’s most iconic hotels is now coming to Dubai


Dubai is like a huge amusement park. Everytime a new attraction is announced, the wow-factor just multiplies.

The dazzling city at the center of the world is home to top global brands in every segment, and hospitality is no exception. A new hotel group will hit its shores not too far in the future, and it isn’t going to be just any group. Well-known for their many prestigious landmark hotels located at various prominent cities around the world, the Dorchester Collection is going to nudge into the Dubai skyline.

UAE-based developer Omniyat has signed up with the luxury hospitality brand to bring a premium 5-star hotel and residence to the emirate. Details of the hotel, like its name, size and services haven’t been disclosed yet, but come March the duo will announce their project at a gala event in the glitzy city. This will be the brand’s first entry into the Middle East, they announced, also adding that they are working on other projects in the region.

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The development will take shape on the banks of Dubai Water Canal, one of the most iconic attractions, which opened last year. The hotel and residences will be situated within the Marasi Business Bay, currently being developed by Dubai Properties Group. Unique about this project, which will cover a 12km waterfront promenade, is that they will have floating villas, a floating restaurant, pier and a marina.

Pictures released during the announcement shows examples of what to expect when the hotel eventually opens. There will be no compromise on luxury and opulence – and why should there be? After all, the brand has in its portfolio names like The Dorchester, which was born in 1931 in London and has welcomed dignitaries and royalty such as the Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philips, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John. Paris, Rome and Beverly Hills also house members of The Dorchester family.

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The hotel in Dubai will have a Presidential Suite, with a sparkling and elaborate pool, as well as its trademark Imperial Suite. The partnership also announced that an Alain Ducasse restaurant is on the cards – as does the Mayfair property, which houses the 3-Michelin star French restaurant – ‘Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester’.