Dubai's Opus project more than 50% complete, says developer

Omniyat unveils first artist renderings of the Middle East's first ME by Melia hotel, part of Opus project
Dubai's Opus project more than 50% complete, says developer
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 16 May 2014 10:27 AM

Omniyat has unveiled the first artist renderings of the Middle East's first ME by Melia hotel, which has been designed by renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, as part of its flagship project The Opus in Dubai

Located in Burj Khalifa District, The Opus, which will feature signature limited edition furniture pieces designed by Hadid, is more than halfway complete, Mahdi Amjad, Omniyat executive chairman and CEO, said.

"We are delighted to reveal today the interiors of the first ME by Melia hotel in Asia," said Amjad. "These images convey the remarkably inventive quality of Zaha's work; expressing a sculptural sensibility that reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior."

He said Hadid has designed a sequence of dramatic event spaces for the ME Hotel by Melia hotel which will feature Michelin star restaurants, lounges and cafes across an area of 250,000 sq ft.

It will also include entertainment options selected from the best in the Middle East, New York, Miami, London and Las Vegas, according to Amjad.

The ME by Melia hotel is operated by Melia Hotels International, which currently runs more than 350 hotels and 90,000 rooms in 39 countries.

Amjad added: "We expect the architectural quality and experience of The Opus in downtown Dubai to be a premier destination for visitors to the city, especially those who value originality, experience and design."

Gabriel Escarrer, vice chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International said: "You always expect to be surprised by Zaha Hadid's designs, but the renderings for the Opus building and ME Dubai go beyond what we could ever have anticipated... there's no doubt that ME Dubai will raise the bar for Dubai's hotel supply."

Dame Zaha Hadid in 2004 became the first woman recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Architecture.

Hadid's architectural projects include the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games and the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome, while her fashion collaborations include Mobile Art for Chanel and unique designs for Louis Vuitton and Fendi.

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