By Louise Oakley
Hilton Worldwide says luxury hotel now scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013
The opening of Conrad Dubai has been delayed by up to six months to the second quarter of 2013, a Hilton Worldwide spokesperson has said.
General manager Mario Ferraro told Hotelier Middle East in June that he was planning to open the hotel — which will be the first under the luxury Conrad brand in the GCC — on December 12.
But Hilton Worldwide has now said construction issues will delay the opening of the 552-room hotel, which is located on Sheikh Zayed Road next to the 10-year-old Fairmont Dubai.
“We can confirm that Conrad Dubai is scheduled to open in Q2 2013. The change in the opening date is due to a delay in the completion of the final stages of the hotel’s construction,” said the spokesperson.
“When opening the doors to a luxury hotel, it is essential to ensure every aspect is perfect and guests instantly receive a true luxury experience from the moment they step through the opening doors. With this in mind, we are taking the time to ensure we deliver our best from the beginning."
Ferraro said his aim was for Conrad Dubai to become “an ambassador of our brand in the region”.
“We have a large conference centre with two ballrooms [of] 1500 sq m, [and] 1000 sq m, 30 meeting rooms, a large collection of F&B outlets, a unique pool deck of 5500 sq m on the seventh floor and innovative design,” said Ferraro.
The hotel, originally expected to open in 2011, is owned by PPM, Private Property Management, Abu Dhabi.