The JW Marriott is all to reach a new pinnacle of success as it gears up for the title of the world’s tallest hotel and landmark of global business hub thanks to the 1,608-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Rising to 355 meters (1,164 feet), the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will be the “tallest dedicated hotel building in the world” and is a mere 26 meters shorter than New York’s Empire State Building. The luxury hotel will be open to guests in the last quarter of the year and launched in two phases. The first phase will feature 807 rooms and a large number of restaurants and lounges.
The hotel also caters to luxury business travelers with spacious MICE options (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions). This baby will feature two ballrooms, 24 meeting rooms, and a total of 5,100 square meters (54,895 square feet) of event space. As for eating, meeting, and partying, visitors have access to nine restaurants and five lounges, and entertainment venues. The Vault lounge located on the 71st and 72nd floors will offer panoramic views of the city. Other restaurants include 68, a boutique steakhouse, Atul Kochhar’s Rang Mahal Indian restaurant, Positano for Italian coastal cuisine, an Arabic restaurant, and La Farine, an attractive boulangerie social meeting spot. For wellness, there are 1,500 square-meter Saray Spa draws inspired by the caravanserai silk route across Arabia, with treatments designed to ensure mind and body renewal.
Dubai, UAE – A symbol of Dubai’s resurgence and its growing importance at the centre of the global business crossroads will emerge later this year when the 1,608-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai opens its doors to guests in Q4 this year. [See additional photos below.] A stunning addition to Marriott International’s JW Marriott world-class luxury hotel brand, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will open in two phases, with the first section featuring 807 rooms and numerous restaurants and lounges. At a height of 355 meters (1,164 feet), the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the tallest dedicated hotel building in the world and is just 26 meters (85 feet) shorter than the Empire State Building in New York.
In addition to serving the luxury business traveler, the hotel targets the lucrative and increasingly important MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) market, which currently does not have a hotel of sufficient scale to host such large groups. In addition to all the dining and entertainment options, the hotel will have two ballrooms, 24 meeting rooms, and a total of 5,100 square meters (54,895 square feet) of event space.
“The potential to cater for the growing needs of the global business community is huge, and we believe the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is uniquely placed in that regard,” said Rupprecht Queitsch, general manager. “The hotel will fill a long identified gap in the market where groups, meetings, and conventions of up to 1,000 people can meet, sleep and dine under one roof, in one location. There are businesses of this size choosing various cities around the world to meet, but until now, Dubai has not had a single location of this size to accommodate this type of group. In simple terms, we will establish Dubai on the global conference market landscape.
To give this market some context, the United States’ MICE segment, which will be one of the key targets of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai team, contributes $106 billion to that country’s GDP – higher than automotive manufacturing ($78 billion), performing arts/spectator sports/museums ($71 billion) and information and data processing services ($76 billion).
Dubai’s excellent air service, especially with the emerging BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) economies, are expected to create further opportunity. Nasser Saidi, the chief economist for the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has already noted the growth in Chinese firms coming to Dubai to set up a hub to access the African markets. China is becoming an increasingly important export partner for the UAE. For example, in the first quarter of 2011, China exported AED10.68bn worth of goods to Dubai and was the emirate’s second-biggest export partner during that period.
“As for general business, Dubai is perfectly positioned, with its proximity to huge growth markets such as India and the fact it has literally billions of people within a five-hour flight range,” said Queitch. “What those business travelers are looking for in a hotel that has everything they could need under one roof, and we truly believe this iconic new property will set a new standard in business hotels, not just in the region but globally.”
Dining, Entertainment & Wellness Options
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will offer an enticing array of nine restaurants and five lounges and entertainment venues. The Vault lounge will sit on the 71st and 72nd floors with panoramic views of the city; a yet-t0-be named late-night music venue will offer live music daily. Restaurants will range from Prime 68, a boutique steakhouse, to Atul Kochhar’s Rang Mahal Indian restaurant, Positano for Italian coastal cuisine, an Arabic restaurant, and La Farine, an attractive boulangerie, and social meeting spot.
The 1,500 square-meter (16,000 square-foot) Saray Spa draws inspiration from the caravanserai silk route across Arabia, with treatments designed to ensure mind and body renewal. Treatments include the signature milk and honey treatment, an Arabic coffee awakener, a lemon and mint-body polish, and pomegranate renewal treatment. For sun-worshippers, an enormous pool deck covers the hotel’s seventh floor with a 32-meter swimming pool and deck with elegant cabanas, lounges, and umbrellas.
The Marquis endorsement is reserved for iconic properties in the Marriott International portfolio, defined by their scale, grandeur, and location. The new JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai will be the first JW Marquis branded property outside of North America (after the JW Marriott Marquis Miami) and sends a strong signal about Marriott International’s views of Dubai’s growing importance and global influence.