Jumeirah chief says Madinat expansion 'going smoothly'

Gerald Lawless also reveals plan for major developments along beachfront between Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Group president and group CEO Gerald Lawless.
By Rahul Odedra
Wed 13 Aug 2014 01:21 PM

Jumeirah Group is planning major developments along
the stretch of beachfront between Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Both properties are currently the subject of major
expansion plans, and, speaking to Dubai Eye 103.8 earlier this week,
Jumeirah Group president and CEO Gerald Lawless explained the work to come
on the coastline linking the two.

“We’re looking at developing and enhancing the
whole beachfront area along JBH right through to Madinat Jumeirah, which then in
the evenings we will actually have a lot of lifestyle areas open up to the
public where they’ll be able to come along that area in the evenings,” he said.

Lawless also detailed the progress of work on the
latest addition to Madinat Jumeirah - a 435-room hotel scheduled to open in
March 2016.

“It’s going very smoothly. We’re well into the
development of - we haven’t named it, we still call it MJ4 - Madinat Jumeirah
Phase 4. The piling is finished, you will see the building beginning to come
out of the ground as we go through the rest of this year, so by Christmas we
will be above ground,” he explained.

“[It] is architecturally very nicely connecting the
traditional nature of the architecture of Madinat Jumeirah with the more modern
aspects of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the Burj Al Arab so we’re looking forward
to launching that.

“The tallest part of the building is about seven
floor so it won’t be high rise and it will be very much in keeping with what
has been built already. It will then give us a total of 1300 rooms within the
Madinat complex.”

In the wide-ranging interview with Dubai Eye
, Lawless also ramped up speculation about his hospitality group’s
plans for Dubai Design District.

“Its early days but Jumeirah is part of Dubai
Holding and one of our sister company’s, Tecom, is involved in D3 as its known
and we’re talking with them about the operation of maybe more than one hotel in
that great location,” he said.

“D3 is so close Dubai Mall, so close to everything
that’s happened in the CBD [Central Business District]. I think it will be very
exciting for us. It’s very good to use this energy of Dubai Holding by working
closely with Tecom on the development. We are very excited about it and very
pleased to be working with them.”

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