SKAI Holdings to build $1bn hotel on Dubai's Palm

Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah to open in Q4 2016, construction has already begun
By Ed Attwood
Wed 15 May 2013 03:54 PM

Dubai-based property investment firm SKAI Holdings has announced plans to build a $1bn hotel and furnished residences project on the Palm Jumeirah.

Construction on the property, which will be operated by Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, has already begun and the hotel is scheduled to open its doors in the last quarter of 2016.

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah will have 481 rooms and suites, plus 221 ‘signature Viceroy Residences’. The beachside property will host ten restaurants, as well as a gourmet market and bakery. In addition, the hotel will also have a spa, indoor fitness facilities and three outdoor swimming pools.

The move marks Viceroy Hotels and Resorts’ first foray into the Dubai market. The operator already runs the Yas Viceroy in Abu Dhabi.

“Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah will offer the best of all worlds,” said SKAI Holdings CEO Kabir Mulchandani, in a press statement.  “It is a luxury urban beach resort in the heart of Dubai. It is a family retreat as well as an exciting entertainment destination and its exceptional banqueting and business facilities make it ideal for corporate use.”

The Viceroy is the latest in a series of hotels that are being planned for the Palm Jumeirah. Last month, Sofitel announced that its Polynesian-themed resort would open on the Palm this summer, while the Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort and Spa is set to launch in the third quarter. The Palm Fairmont Hotel opened its doors earlier this year.

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