Dubai Properties, Starwood to open four hotels in Dubai by 2018

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Dubai Properties announced an agreement to open four hotels in Dubai under Starwood's Aloft and Element brands. Scheduled to open in 2018, the new properties will introduce 816 rooms in Dubai.

The three new Alofts in Dubai will have the W XYZ Bar and re:fuel by Aloft, the grab-and-go eatery open 24 hours a day. Other amenities will include re:charge the fitness center, an outdoor Splash pool and a backyard exterior public space.

Aloft Dubai Dubiotech will have 227 guestrooms. It will be located 20 kilometers from the Dubai International Airport and 40 kilometers from the Dubai World Central International Airport. The hotel will also have three meeting rooms.

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Aloft Dubai Studio City will have 200 guestrooms and meeting space of up to 120 square meters (1,292 square feet). The hotel will be located in Dubai Studio City, a part of Dubai Media City. It will also be located near Dubai International Airport and the city center.

Aloft Dubai IMPZ will be located in the International Media Production Zone (IMPZ). The hotel will offer 221 guestrooms.

Meanwhile, Element Dubai IMPZ will have 168 studio accommodations and double rooms. Amenities will include saline swimming pools, fitness centers and electric vehicle charging stations.

Starwood currently operates 51 hotels and resorts in the Middle East under eight of the company's 10 brands including: The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, Le Méridien, Four Points by Sheraton and Aloft. The company plans to double its portfolio in the region in the next five years. Dubai is the company's second largest market after New York City with 15 operating hotels.