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Swissôtel opens doors in Dubai
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Al Ghurair Properties, the property development arm of Al Ghurair, has partnered with Swissôtel to announce the inauguration of Swissôtel Al Ghurair and Swissôtel Living, embedded within Al Ghurair Centre, Deira. This follows from the formal partnership agreement between Al Ghurair Properties and AccorHotels in July 2017, to open the first Swissôtel in the UAE. The property was home to the Rotana’s Rayhaan brand previously.

Consisting of 428 rooms and 192 apartments, the luxury property is located within the Al Ghurair Centre Complex, one of the region’s first and most prominent shopping destinations. Geared towards both business and leisure travellers, Swissôtel Al Ghurair & Swissôtel Living is situated in the heart of old Dubai. Guests to Swissôtel Al Ghurair and Swissôtel Living will be able to enjoy easy access to famous landmarks and culturally significant locations alongside Dubai Creek, Al Fahidi and other historical districts. The property is also located close to government, consulate and corporate districts in addition to Downtown Dubai, Dubai International Airport and Dubai Union Station.

Sultan Al Ghurair, CEO of Al Ghurair Properties-commented, “In partnership with AccorHotels, we are delighted to introduce Swissôtel in the UAE. With the opening of Swissôtel Al Ghurair & Swissôtel Living, we are confident that this luxury international brand with its unique service offering will contribute to the property’s success.”

The newly appointed general manager Emiel Van Dijk has spent over 15 years in numerous leadership roles within Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and joins Swissôtel Al Ghurair after four years in Swissôtel The Bosphorus, where he was instrumental in ensuring the successful operation of the 566-room hotel situated in the centre of Istanbul.

Van Dijk said, “With the opening of Swissôtel Al Ghurair and Swissôtel Living, the first phase of an extensive refurbishment process to launch our award-winning brand in the UAE is complete. Swissôtel shares a clear commitment towards physical and mental wellbeing, which can be found through our unparalleled levels of service, amenities and culinary offerings. With this, guests in the UAE will be able to experience genuine Swiss hospitality with locally-inspired design and dining elements. We are confident that Swissôtel Al Ghurair and Swissôtel Living will set new benchmarks in luxury travel in the Middle East.”

The hotel’s zone for unwinding, The Spa, is a 20,000 sq ft luxurious facility or energise in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis courts. Swissôtel and Swissôtel Living additionally houses six meeting rooms in addition to the Al Khor Ballroom, where guests may host memorable social and corporate events. The meeting and events facilities can cater to a diverse number of guests with spaces ranging from 43 sq m to 300 sq m, accommodating up to 300 people.   


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