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Boutique hotel to open in Dubai Golf Club

A 238-room boutique luxury hotel will open in August 2005 in Dubai’s Creek Golf & Yacht club. The name of the operator is yet to be announced.

A 238-room boutique luxury hotel will open in August 2005 in Dubai’s Creek Golf & Yacht club. The name of the operator is yet to be announced.

A major re-development is currently underway at the club to redesign the existing golf course and practice range. Besides the hotel, ninety-two executive villas are also being built as part of the development.

The golf course is due to re-open for play on December 1, 2004 when the homes become available for rent on an annual basis.

“The hotel will combine elements of a boutique and city centre hotel because of its location on the creek,” Christopher May, general manager of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club told Hotelier Middle East. “It will feature several restaurants, conference and banqueting facilities as well as a health spa.”

“A team of international experts has designed the hotel to complement and not compete with the design of the clubhouse. The clubhouse is one of the iconic designs in Dubai and when you already have a building like that you don’t need another design to diminish it.”

All rooms at the four-storey low-rise hotel will have creek views. Building a hotel onsite has been on the cards since the club opened in 1992 and this is driving the redevelopment.

In order to position the hotel between the marina and the clubhouse, the existing gold course is being redesigned. While its area remains the same, the course will now run around the perimeter of the resort.

To facilitate the revamp, the club has closed its golf operation for a year, from December 2003. The golf course will feature nine new holes, which will form the new front nine, with rebuilding work carried out on the existing rear nine holes.

European Golf Design is undertaking the design work in conjunction with Thomas Bjorn, Dubai Golf Tour Professional and winner of Dubai Desert Classic in 2001.

May declined to comment on the size of the investment that is promoted by the government of Dubai. The marina, which was extended to cover 145 berths last year, will also have additional facilities including an extension of the chancery and a workshop.

Existing F & B outlets at the club will not be reworked though popular venue QDs may be extended. Despite the tight project deadlines, May says work is progressing on schedule.

“Grass grows best during July through to September so we have to ensure that grass is down by that time. This was why we began the revamp in December,” he explains.

Though the four bedroom villas with private pools and gardens and creek or golf course views are not available for freehold ownership, May claims initial leasing enquires have been encouraging. Mirage Mlle are project managing the development along with Al Naboodah Contracting.

Local industry sources predict the hotel will be managed by Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts but May declined to comment.

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