The world's tallest hotel, the 72-floor JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
, has opened in the Middle East, Marriott International announced this month. At 1,164 feet, the hotel is just 85 feet shorter than the Empire State Building in New York.
"The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is an outstanding addition to the JW Marriott portfolio and we are eager to introduce it to the international business community," said General Manager Rupprecht Queitsch.
The hotel is opening in several phases. Its first tower of 804 rooms and suites opened this month as part of a soft opening phase, along with three of nine restaurants. By January, all nine restaurants will be open, along with five bars and lounges. The first tower's grand opening is scheduled for February 2013, with a second hotel tower to open in 2014 with an additional 804 guest rooms. When both towers are complete, the hotel will have a total of 1,608 guest rooms, not to mention two ballrooms, 24 meeting rooms and a total of 54,895 square feet of event space. There is also a Saray Spa.
"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," Queitsch said earlier this year, when Marriott announced the hotel's projected opening. "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 in which 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."