$3.2m renovation at the Rimal

The living room of a refurbished suite at the Rimal Rotana

The Rimal Rotana on Muraqqabat Street in Deira, Dubai is currently in the final phase of a Dh12 million ($3.26 million) renovation, hotel general manager Kinan Al Ghraoui told TTN in an interview.

The year-long process will end in September. It includes a total floor-by-floor upgradation, besides a makeover of the hotel’s coffeeshop and lobby.
“Although all the furniture has been changed, down to the carpets and hair dryers, we are not just making cosmetic changes,” says Al Ghraoui. “We’re doing a lot of electro-mechanical work, upgrading the air-conditioning system, installing a new fresh air handling unit and a putting a smoke detector system into every room. Two meeting rooms are being added as well, so the final product will be truly five star.”
While the number of rooms will remain the same, at 124, each has been totally redecorated in keeping with contemporary design. The studios are snug and wonderfully self-contained. The two-bedroom suites, however, are almost luxury apartments with a flat-screen television in the living room and the master bedroom, two bathrooms and a proper kitchen, complete with full-size refrigerator, washing machine, oven and cooking utensils.
The hotel is a non-liquor establishment which is an advantage, given that it caters to families. The Rotana’s branded health club, Bodylines, will provide guests with a sauna, steam room, swimming pool and fully-equipped gym.
Another great feature is the 24-hour housekeeping and room service. If required, says Al Ghraoui, a secretarial assistant is available and an internet connection is in every room.
The new hotel will compete with the high standard of the market in accordance with the requirements of the Dubai Tourism Board.