Habtoor Grand Resort celebrates soft opening

The Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa opened on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach on September 10. The latest addition to the Habtoor Hospitality portfolio, the property is the first in Dubai under the new Habtoor Grand banner, an upscale five-star product unveiled at Arabian Travel Market earlier this year.

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By  Sarah Campbell Published  October 2, 2005

The Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa opened on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach on September 10. The latest addition to the Habtoor Hospitality portfolio, the property is the first in Dubai under the new Habtoor Grand banner, an upscale five-star product unveiled at Arabian Travel Market earlier this year. Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa incorporates the existing Metropolitan Hotel, also part of Habtoor Hospitality, which has been renovated and upgraded to come in line with the new Habtoor Grand standards. “We have elevated the property with the Habtoor Grand brand,” Arthur de Snoo, general manager, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, told Hotelier Middle East. “This is a new brand, so we are creating a template.” Spread over an area of nearly 30,000 square metres, the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa was two years in the making and now comprises 442 rooms and suites, 13 restaurants, meeting rooms, a ballroom capable of accommodating up to 1,000 pax, and three large pool areas, including an adults-only infinity pool. “We are broadly targeting four markets: the leisure market, including families with children and couples, corporate guests, meetings and conventions, and incentives groups,” said de Snoo. “We have an excellent location for the business traveller, close to Media and Internet Cities and only five minutes from Jebel Ali,” he added. The hotel is also geared up with the latest in WiFi technology, with internet access available throughout the property, by the swimming pools and even on the beach. “Whether they are relaxing by the pool or working from their rooms, guests are able to access one of over 230 wireless access points, giving both business and leisure guests’ high speed internet links with total mobility right throughout the property,” explained de Snoo. Food and beverage options range from fine dining to an English-style pub. The resort’s signature restaurant is an international fine dining experience called the 25th and is situated on the 25th floor in one of the resort’s towers. Other outlets include Mun Chi, far eastern fusion; Al Marsa; Arabic cuisine with an aquatic theme; La Pampa, South American cuisine; and The Underground, a British-style Pub, themed on London’s famous underground. “All of our restaurants and bars have terraces and also private rooms for couples or small groups wanting an intimate atmosphere,” added de Snoo.

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