Dubai's Ritz-Carlton unveils new 148-room extension

Move comes as older hotels in Dubai fast track revamp plans amid increased competition

Dubai's Ritz-Carlton has unveiled its new extension comprising nearly 150 extra hotel rooms.

The hotel, which opened in 1998, was one of the first luxury beachfront resorts in Dubai.

The new wing, named Shorooq after the Arabic term for sunrise, features 148 new guestrooms and suites including two royal suites, a club lounge, dining venues, a new spa and additional swimming pools.

New gardens and an expansive indoor and outdoor events spaces for weddings and business events have also been added at the Dubai beachfront hotel.

Herve Humler, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, said: "This is an especially poignant moment for me and for all at The Ritz-Carlton, as the rebirth of this hotel marks our 15th anniversary in the UAE."

Raul Salcido, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, said: "With the enhanced new room inventory and hotel facilities, I strongly believe that The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai will continue its legacy in crafting memorable experiences to our valued guests."

Older hotels in Dubai are fast tracking refurbishment plans amid increased competition from new hotels in the emirate.

Several hotels, including the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel, are embarking on extensive refurbishment programmes as an estimated 12,000 hotel rooms come online in the next two years.

In December, it was announced that The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Jumeirah Beach, Dubai will be renovated in 2013.

The hotel’s guest rooms and F&B will undergo refurbishment, including popular English bar The Underground Pub.

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