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September 9th, 2005, 02:44 PM
New one, isn't it?
Habtoor Grand Resort to open tomorrow
By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter
Al Habtoor Group is opening the doors of its Dh740 million five-star hotel, Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa, to visitors and tourists tomorrow.
Spread over an area of nearly 30,000 square metres, the 442-room hotel overlooks Dubai Marina, Arabian Gulf and the Palm Jumeirah Island.
The new hotel combines two towers connected to a foyer that houses the lobby, reception, restaurants and the ballroom. All the rooms and suites are equipped with broadband wireless network that gives instant access to the internet.
Due to its location, it is expected to serve both business and leisure travellers. It has its own private beach for the guests, swimming pool as well as well-equipped spa.
The hotel was built on the same site of the erstwhile Metropolitan Beach Hotel and Resort, retaining the challets.
The new hotel is the first opening after the group rebranded its flagship Metro-politan chain to Habtoor Hospitality in March this year. It also houses 13 restaurants, a 1,000-capacity ballroom, meeting and conference facilities and other amenites.
The group owns and manages four hotels in Dubai, two hotels in Lebanon and one in London. It also owns a shopping mall and a theme park Habtoorland in Beirut.
It has invested about Dh1.5 billion in Lebanon.
The group, which has been in Dubai's hospitality industry for the last 26 years, is not planning to venture into hotel management, except for its own properties.
Khalaf Ahmad Al Hab-toor, chairman of the group, said, "We are not going to manage hotels that we do not own. We will continue to build and operate our own hotels and manage them.
"The Habtoor brand has been synonymous with quality and excellence in service for the last 25 years. Naturally, this latest addition to the Habtoor hospitality portfolio will further enhance that reputation."
He said, his company is in an ambitious expansion mode. "We are looking at various projects and will make some announcement soon," he said during the opening of the hotel yesterday.
Work on a 300-room Habtoor Grand Resort The Palm, scheduled to open in 2007, will start before the end of this year, said Rahim Abu Omar, chief executive of Habtoor Hospitality. "We will soon finalise the design work, following which construction work will start. We hope to open the hotel in time by 2007," he said.
THE DUBAI GUYS
May 16th, 2006, 04:48 PM
Habtoor names DAR to design Jumeirah Palm resort
Dubai: Al Habtoor Group has appointed DAR to design the Dh750 million resort on Jumeirah Palm.
The new resort, which will be managed by Habtoor Hospitality will be located on Plot No 34 on the crescent and total land area is about 50,000 square metres.
The theme of the resort is planned to be a mix of Thai and Balinese in a tropical paradise type setting with low-rise buildings.
The rooms and suites will be spread over the whole land as thatched roof bungalows, some with private swimming pools and gardens, and all with natural tropical plant barriers giving the impression of living in a tropical forest with plants specially imported.
We have a team of specialists studying all the different plants available to ensure they can survive and thrive in Dubai environment.
Walking over the landscape, guests will cross a lot of bridges and come across many ponds, waterfalls and streams.
There will be public pools conveniently located in two areas on the land for guests to have easy access.
The spa will have a variety of treatments rooms, including outdoor where guests can relax in the surrounding landscape during the nice weather.
Other leisure facilities include 3 tennis courts, lap and leisure swimming pools and all the typical recreation facilities, including special play rooms and games facilities for children and even a kid's swimming pool.
The resort will feature 300 rooms including 2 Presidential Suites, 2 Honeymoon Suites and 38 Executive Suites.
May 17th, 2006, 06:38 AM
Does anybody have a render/website :poke: ?
June 3rd, 2006, 12:16 AM
Al Habtoor to begin twin Dubai hotel developments
By Shakir Husain, Staff Reporter
Dubai: UAE-based Al Habtoor group is boosting its hotel presence in Dubai with two new properties and hopes to build a hotel in Abu Dhabi to cater to the capital's growing tourism market.
The company is waiting for the green light from the Palm Jumeirah Island's developer Nakheel to start work on its Dh750-million resort, Al Habtoor chief executive Mohammad Al Habtoor said.
It has also announced plans to build a 100-storey tower in Business Bay that will house a penthouse boutique hotel.
Details of the project are still being worked out and design work is expected to be completed in mid-2007.
"Our hotel room capacity will exceed 2,500 when the Business Bay project is completed," Al Habtoor said. The Al Habtoor Group owns and operates hotels through its subsidiary Habtoor Hospitality.
The company has developed three brands for three different markets. Habtoor Grand Hotels & Resorts are five-star plus properties, while The Metropolitan Palaces are five-star, and the Metropolitans are mid-range hotels.
The group will have 1,700 rooms after the 300-unit tropical-themed resort on the Palm is completed.
"We are working on the design. We are waiting for the Palm infrastructure to be completed," Al Habtoor said.
He said the company is pursuing plans with Abu Dhabi authorities to build a luxury hotel in the capital.
"We have already approached the government. As soon as we find land in an appropriate area, we will start a hotel in Abu Dhabi," he said, adding that the company will consider setting up hotels in other emirates in the future.
The group also has hotel businesses in Britain and Lebanon.
Al Habtoor said the company has so far invested Dh1.32 billion in its Beirut properties that include a luxury hotel and the Habtoorland theme park.
June 3rd, 2006, 12:57 AM
hmm.. nice design although it looks like jebel ali palm style of water homes
how long will it take for it to finish?
June 4th, 2006, 12:15 AM
oh wow..loving that design
but is it me or does it llok more of ski resort kinda design
June 5th, 2006, 11:44 AM
wat design? please post the pic again.
June 5th, 2006, 11:47 AM
I knew this was going to happen, that's why I saved the pic to my PC :D
May 12th, 2008, 07:00 AM
Habtoor Grand Resort, Palm Jumeirah
November 6th, 2008, 09:45 AM
Al Habtoor begins hotel construction
Published: November 05, 2008, 23:33
Dubai: Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises says the company has launched construction of a Dh1.2 billion hotel project on the Palm Jumeirah.
The Al Habtoor Group had finalised plans to purchase a 47,541 square metre plot on the Palm Jumeirah in 2002.
Rahim Abu Omar, the Chief Executive of Habtoor Hotels, said the Habtoor Island Resort & Spa will be the seventh hotel property under the Habtoor Hotels management and is scheduled to open in 2010.
The resort will have 217 rooms and suites, 91 luxury apartments and four exclusive villas.
The rooms and suites will be spread over the whole plot.
Some will have private swimming pools and gardens, and all will have natural tropical plant barriers giving the impression of living in a tropical forest with specially imported plants, Abu Omar said.
The food and beverage facilities include ten themed restaurants and bars.
There will also be a floating seafood restaurant and a rooftop fine dining restaurant.
Conference and banquet facilities include two ballrooms, multifunctional rooms and fitted boardrooms spread over 2,350 square metres.
For leisure facilities, the resort will have an extensive spa and gymnasium facilities spread over 2,000 square metres, swimming pool (lap pool, children's pool and leisure pool).
The new hotel will have three tennis courts, games rooms and children's playroom.
Al Habtoor Group said it is proud to be an owner of the property in this coveted location.
November 7th, 2008, 01:18 PM
is this on the trunk (near the bottom left below the Fairmont) or the crescent?
November 7th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Except for the bridge, the design was totally changed.
UofM Dubai Student
November 12th, 2008, 10:21 AM
Where is a picture of the new design?
November 17th, 2008, 11:27 AM
received an invite for the launch today.
looks very nice
November 18th, 2008, 01:00 AM
November 18th, 2008, 09:59 AM
pricelist for first release of properties at invite only event tomorrow.
December 31st, 2008, 04:21 PM
Habtoor Grand Resort ( site next to the Royal Amway? )
January 25th, 2009, 02:57 PM
this thread needs to be renamed to:
#PROJECT: HABTOOR ISLAND RESORT & SPA, ?F Mixed Use (Palm Jumeirah)
June 16th, 2009, 06:53 PM
HABTOOR GRAND RESORT,board
November 29th, 2009, 10:45 PM
October 7th, 2011, 06:16 AM
Al Habtoor Group announces the kick-off of the construction of its latest project
This week Al Habtoor Group announced its decision to resume work on its latest hotel project, the Habtoor Island Resort and Spa, situated on the breathtaking man-made Palm Jumeirah Island, in Dubai.
Al Habtoor Group was one of the first to reserve its piece of land on the iconic island when the initial “reclamation of land” started in 2001. “We were very excited when the Palm Project was first launched and we hurried to book our plot of land” commented Khalaf Al Habtoor, chairman of the Al Habtoor Group. “I was happy when we secured one of the best locations on the crescent”. Surrounded by the stunning waters of the Arabian Gulf, this luxurious establishment, overlooking the Burj Al Arab will offer breathtaking views of Dubai.
With the foundation laid and enabling works completed, construction of the project is now set in motion and the hotel is expected to welcome its first guest before the end of 2013. “We wanted to add something very special in this beautiful place and took our time to create this vision. The situation is stable and we are witnessing constant growth in Dubai and in the UAE’s economy, which makes it the perfect time to re-launch this hotel project” added Al Habtoor.
The resort will reflect both contemporary and old-world designs, creating pleasing and unique aesthetics. Not just a hotel, but a ‘lifestyle’ experience, it will combine contemporary elegance with unsurpassed quality in every sphere.
With negotiations undergoing to tie this property with one of the most luxurious international hotel brands in the world, the hotel will have approximately 330 rooms, including 60 suites. The Royal Suite will bridge the top of the building and will offer its occupants breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf waters on one side and the Palm on the other. Its facilities on a par with the best will include a unique 5-star serenity spa, providing modern health and beauty treatments; a health club employing world-class fitness experts and housing a state-of-the-art gym, as a number of luxury swimming pools and tennis and squash courts, in addition to its private beach.
Six themed restaurants, each offering a unique culinary experience will include a floating seafood restaurant with glass floors; a night club dedicated to the young and fashionable, as well as and state of the art banqueting and meeting facilities. With 70 per cent of the landscape allocated to an elegant garden filled with lush greenery, there will be a real feeling of space and serenity.
October 18th, 2011, 06:20 AM
Waldorf Astoria to book in at Dubai
Oct 18, 2011
Thirty five-star hotels were originally planned for the Palm Jumeirah.
Jeff Topping / The National
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The first Waldorf Astoria resort in Dubai is to open on the Palm Jumeirah.
The property is being built by Al Habtoor, which this month announced plans to restart work on the Dh1 billion (US$272 million) resort. It was revealed yesterday that Hilton would operate the hotel under its Waldorf Astoria brand.
The hotel, originally intended to be managed by Al Habtoor, was put on hold when the global economic downturn hit the emirate. The property has been redesigned since and the 324-room resort is now scheduled to open at the end of 2013.
The development of the resort is to be funded by Al Habtoor's cash flow from its various divisions, which include the construction and car businesses.
"Everybody knows these days that most of the banks don't give you finance," said Khalaf Al Habtoor, the chairman of the group.
Analysts have said that there will be stiff competition between properties on the Palm once more hotels open on the man-made island.
Thirty five-star hotels were originally planned for the Palm Jumeirah, with 14,000 rooms. But most were put on hold or cancelled as the property market in the emirate deteriorated.
A Waldorf Astoria hotel, Hilton's top brand, is planned for Ras Al Khaimah. But that property has been delayed and is not scheduled to open until the fourth quarter of next year. The Waldorf Astoria in New York has had numerous famous guests including US presidents and the film star Marilyn Monroe.
Hilton Worldwide also signed agreements yesterday to manage two existing hotels in Lebanon, owned by Al Habtoor, which will be converted to the Hilton brand. These will be the operator's first hotels in that country.
In Dubai, Hilton also has plans to launch residences at Jumeirah Beach Residence, located opposite its existing hotel on The Walk.
Hotels in the emirate have benefited from unrest elsewhere in the region this year, as travellers have favoured Dubai over other destinations.
"We see the outlook of Dubai as extremely buoyant," said Rudi Jagersbacher, a Hilton executive.
October 18th, 2011, 06:20 AM
THE DUBAI GUYS
October 19th, 2011, 06:32 AM
can a mod please change the title of the thread to Waldorf Astoria...thanks!
THE DUBAI GUYS
October 22nd, 2011, 09:13 AM
another render...also can a mod PLEASE RENAME the THREAD! And the QE2 one as well! thanks!
Hilton to open Waldorf Astoria in Dubai on Palm Jumeirah
January 11th, 2012, 12:28 AM
work has restarted! cranes on site...
Ahmad Rashid Ahmad
January 12th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Ahmad Rashid Ahmad
January 12th, 2012, 05:52 PM
MODs plz change the thread title to:
#UNDER-C: Waldorf Astoria Hotel (Palm Jumeirah)
December 13th, 2012, 02:31 PM
this is now well U/C, looks like it is several floors aboe ground by now!
February 21st, 2013, 02:08 PM
not much left till its topped out!
March 1st, 2013, 10:41 PM
March 2nd, 2013, 02:56 AM
^^ great update, i just wonder, how the hotel fits with the district cooling plant neighbour :dunno:
March 2nd, 2013, 01:00 PM
^^ Thanks :)
March 2nd, 2013, 06:06 PM
Thank you :)
March 4th, 2013, 03:40 PM
your welcome :)