Dubai hotels renovate and refurbish over summer

With Dubai's hotel scene constantly on the rise (an estimated 12,000 hotel rooms are expected to open in the next two years, according to Jones Lang LaSalle), older properties are taking steps to remain vital in the presence of new developments. Several hotels are currently undergoing or about to begin refurbishment plans, Arabian Business is reporting.

Jumeirah Group, which operates five properties in the emirate, is refurbishing two of its most famous hotels, the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The firm has already upgraded 70 of its rooms in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and expects to complete an additional 188 rooms by September. The hotel’s 360 outdoor lounge and Marina Restaurant will undergo extensive renovation before reopening as 360 Bar, Lounge and Club on 27 September. Upgrades at the Burj Al Arab includes the refurbishment of the Al Mutaha restaurant, banqueting area and the aquariums.

Further down the coast, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi is in the midst of its own refurbishment, which will see the hotel closed for eight months. Upgrades include new interiors throughout the hotel and new restaurants. Operator Starwood, which declined to give a cost for the project, said the property will reopen 20 October.

Other hotel refurbishments include Dusit Thani Dubai, expected to be completed by September, and City Centre Deira, which is being upgraded to incorporate a Pullman Hotel.

Renovations are also in the works for smaller properties: The Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites is undergoing a $5.44 million refurbishment, for example, that will include new balcony hot tubs and a new night club among other facilities, Hotelier Middle East is reporting. The former Mazoon Apartments is looking to change its image from budget to fashionable. Ten of the rooms will have hot tubs with suspended roofs and chillers to keep the space comfortable in summer. The renovation is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Remaining up-to-date is vital, of course, especially with a steady increase in visitors: In April, Dubai's hotels reported growth in revenues and profits, according to the latest HotStats survey by TRI Hospitality Consulting posted in Arabian Business.

RevPAR in Dubai increased 9.4 percent to $311.12 in April, the highest level in three years, driven by a 8.6 percent growth in average room rate to $359.51 and a 0.6 percent rise in occupancy. In terms of gross profits, Dubai saw a growth of 7.2 percent in GOPPAR to $265.84, significantly higher than the other GCC cities surveyed by HotStats.



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