Dubai and JW Marriott celebrated the official opening of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai yesterday. The hotel is a welcome addition to Dubai’s ever-growing list of impressive buildings.
The new building has been named the World’s Tallest Hotel by the Guinness Book of World Records, standing 1,164 feet tall. The 72-story hotel is a mere 26 metres shorter than the Empire State Building in New York and is the first JW Marriott Marquis outside of North America.
Special guests and VIPs were all present at the official opening, including Marriott International president and chief executive officer Arne Sorenson. "Dubai is an important destination for Marriott International as one of the world's most exciting cities offering world-class facilities and infrastructure, central location in the region and future growth potential," said Sorenson.
“Our expanding collection of world-class JW Marriott hotels offers accomplished travellers a one-of-a-kind luxury experience. The investment in this unique and visually stunning hotel is testament to the continued opportunities that lie ahead for the brand and company."
The hotel, which is owned by Emirates Group, plans to attract more than just luxury business travellers and wants the hotel to be a hotspot for meetings, conferences and exhibitions. The hotel has the facilities to hold conferences for up to 1,000 people in one room who can all meet, stay and dine making it the first hotel in Dubai to accommodate such large groups.
"Conference organizers and businesses around the world are noticing Dubai's growing influence as a global business hub," said Rupprecht Queitsch, general manager of the hotel. "We are thrilled to be officially open and believe this iconic new property will set a new standard in business hotels, not just in the region, but throughout the world."