Dubai Breaks its Own Record for the World’s Tallest Hotel

Dubai, green building, unsustainable development, tourism, Emirates Airlines, JW Marriott Hotel, Dubai, Gold, United Arab EmiratesWhen it is complete, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel will be the world’s tallest.

Never mind that scientists have discovered giant plumes of methane that could speed up global-warming, which could contribute to even higher temperatures in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other countries.

Pay no attention to the fact that hundreds of partially unoccupied towers already line the Gulf shoreline: JW Marriott is building the world’s newest tallest hotel in Dubai.

72 Stories tall, the Rose Reyhaan Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road currently holds the record as the world’s tallest hotel, but it is soon to be surpassed.

When the twin 1,165 feet JW Marriott Marquis Dubai hotel towers are complete, they will have ten additional floors each and 1,608 rooms between them.

Emirates Airlines provides hotel clients

The $218 million project was launched in 2005 by Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group, according to Gulf News.

Emirates airline, which is constantly expanding its reach to further reaches of the globe, has long filled Dubai’s grandest destinations with travelers. With ties to both the airline and the hotel, Al Maktoum intends to create the first Emirate hotel that can cater to large business conferences so that participants can eat, sleep, and meet in one space.

Although this might sound like a worthwhile mixed-development, this hotel is all about grandeur.

Meetings, incentives, conference, and exhibition (MICE)

The hotel’s General Manager Rupprecht Queitsch, told Gulf News during a press briefing that “each floor will have only 14 keys and with each standard room spread across 55 square metres, we have a wonderful proposition to our guests.”

The first tower is expected to open by October 2012, and the second a year later. There will be 1,608 rooms, 882 of which will be king size, and there  will be four two level suites for the super high dollar guests. There will be ballrooms, retail shops, a health and leisure club and a spa. But most importantly, the hotel will provide 16, 372 square feet of conference and event space.

Queitsch claims that big businesses struggle to find facilities that can cater to the demands of the meetings, incentives, conference and exhibition (MICE) segment of the tourism market – a shortfall in Dubai that JW Marriott intends to fill up with a building that Gulf News notes is only 85 feet shorter than the Empire State Building in New York.

Dubai-based architects ARCHGroup won the bid to the design the building, but details have not yet been posted on their website. With any luck, their tower will be better equipped than the nearby Burj Khalifa, which has 13 tonnes of human waste trucked out of the building to a waste management facility every day.

:: Gulf News

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