Dubai's Gloria says MidEast's largest hotel by rooms

The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel was also officially declared the tallest in the world
By Shane McGinley
Mon 17 Dec 2012 11:03 AM

Dubai’s Gloria Hotels has opened the largest hotel property in the Middle East in terms of number of rooms, the operator announced.

At the weekend the hotelier opened the 1,019-room Yasat Gloria building, which when combined with the 1,010-room Gloria Hotel across the road provides a combined occupancy of 2,029 suites. The property can therefore accommodate up to 6,000 guests, making it the largest in the region in terms of occupancy.

"The huge project is another milestone in the UAE's hospitality scene, which contributes to supporting the development process in the country and fostering the efforts that seek to help Dubai host EXPO 2020," Ghaith Hamil bin Khadim Al Ghaith, vice-chairman of Al Ghaith Holding Company, said at the opening.

"Dubai Gloria Hotel is one of the largest hotels in Dubai in terms of space and diversity of high quality services that cater for the modern family needs and their different tastes and ages," added Antoine Sayegh, president of Gloria Hotel Management Company.

The newly opened Yasat Gloria contains high-end flats with four different designs: The Californian, modern, Arabic and classic. The flats include living rooms, LCD TVs and equipped kitchens.

The project is located on Sheikh Zayed Road and includes an eight-storey parking building that can accommodate 1,000 vehicles.

The opening of the new Gloria hotel comes after the announcement that Guinness World Records has officially recognised the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai as the world’s tallest hotel.

At a height of 355m from ground level to the top of its mast, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is only 26m shorter than New York's Empire State Building.

The hotel is spread across two 77-floor twin towers, each with 804 rooms, while the complex has 14 restaurants, bars and lounges.

The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai opened its first tower to guests last month, with six of its final nine restaurants now operating. The hotel will have all nine restaurants, five bars and lounges, as well as a spa and health club, open by February 2013. The second tower is expected to open by late 2014.

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