UP and Ritz Carlton partner to open new hotel in Dubai

An artist’s impression of the new hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Chevy Chase and Union Properties PJSC have announced plans to open a 330-room hotel, with 121 serviced and managed apartments, at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Scheduled to open in 2008, this will be the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the fifth location in the Middle East for the award-winning luxury hotel company.
“We believe the hotel will be a very strategic addition to our global portfolio,” noted Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “We have enjoyed great success with our resort on Jumeirah Beach, therefore the opportunity to expand our presence in Dubai and be part of a region of substantial growth is a tremendous opportunity.”
A soaring contemporary design on Sheikh Zayed Road, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre will stand 15 storeys high. The interior will blend elements of modem style and classic Arabic design elements for a showplace of luxury and elegance. The 330 guestrooms and suites will include a Ritz-Carlton suite and royal suite with the convenience and comfort suitable to host visiting dignitaries and delegations.
Several floors of the hotel will be dedicated to guests of The Ritz-Carlton Club, which features an extra measure of privacy and amenities for guests. A dedicated concierge will staff The Club Lounge, offering complimentary food and beverage presentations from breakfast to after hours cocktails. Three restaurants, including specialty dining outlets, will provide a setting to enjoy the cuisine made famous by Ritz-Carlton chefs. A Lobby Lounge and Bar will offer a casual elegance for the enjoyment of afternoon tea and evening cocktails.