Conrad Dubai hotel eyes December opening

First luxury Conrad-branded property scheduled to open on Dec 12, says official
Conrad Dubai hotel eyes December opening
An artists impressi of the Conrad Hotel Dubai which is slated for completion in December.
By Louise Oakley
Mon 25 Jun 2012 06:17 PM

Conrad Dubai, the first luxury Conrad-branded property from Hilton Worldwide planned for the GCC, is scheduled to open on December 12, it was reported on Monday.

Mario Ferraro, the hotel's general manager, told Hotelier Middle East that the 552-room hotel, which is located on Sheikh Zayed Road next to the 10-year-old Fairmont Dubai, will target a mix of business and leisure clientele.

Speaking at a general managers’ roundtable, he said: “We’re targeting the end of Q4. Right now the building is about 80 percent complete, back of house is completely done.

"The contractor is starting to work on the finishings, within the next two weeks we will have air conditioning on site, this will be the stage where we start to bring in the furniture.

Ferraro added: "The furniture is already here in Dubai and we expect complete handover including all the certifications from the local authorities approximately end of August, middle of September.

"From that stage onwards we’ll do the fit out, the training, the opening simulation — the objective is to open 12 December.”

He said the aim was for Conrad Dubai to become “an ambassador of our brand in the region”.

The hotel, originally expected to open in 2011, is owned by a private Abu Dhabi property management firm.

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