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Dubai's SKAI to upgrade planned Jumeirah Village Circle hotel

Company announces upgrade to five-star status after signing Viceroy Hotel Group as operator

Dubai's SKAI to upgrade planned Jumeirah Village Circle hotel
Kabir Mulchandani, Group CEO of SKAI.

SKAI, the Dubai-based real estate investment group, has announced plans to upgrade its upper upscale property in Dubai's Jumeirah Village Circle to a five-star luxury property and rebrand it Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village.

The move follows the signing of Viceroy Hotel Group as its hotel operator, the company said in a statement.

SKAI, which launched the upper upscale four-star Suites in the SKAI in May last year, will upgrade the AED1.28 billion ($348.4 million) tower, putting it on track to become the first five-star property in a 5km radius.

The signing of Viceroy Hotel Group marks the operator's second venture with SKAI alongside sister property, Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah.

"The upgrade to a five star hotel comes at no additional cost to buyers and will add significant value to stakeholders," the statement said.

Construction on the 60-storey tower is already underway with the hotel scheduled for operation in 2018.

SKAI's Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village will feature 247-hotel rooms and suites as well as 221 one-and-two bedroom apartments and 33 four-bedroom apartments with private pools.

Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group said: "It is a great privilege to be collaborating with SKAI Holdings for a second project following our partnership for Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah. Dubai's dynamic tourism market is continuing to thrive and this opening reaffirms our commitment to significantly growing our presence within the region."

Kabir Mulchandani, Group CEO of SKAI, added: "We are delighted to partner with Viceroy Hotel Group on our second project. The operator's philosophy of creating lifestyle experiences with intuitive services complements SKAI's values."

Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village will feature breathable architecture allowing sunlight to shine through the core of the tower and a vertical microclimate design with over half a million sq ft of flora, naturally helping maintain the temperature.

The property will include five dining venues hosted by world-class chefs, including an all-day dining concept, a lobby café, pool bar, sports bar and a rooftop Chinese restaurant.

Other amenities include a gymnasium, fitness centre with outdoor yoga terrace and swimming pool, sauna and steam room and boutique spa.

Separately, it was announced that the Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, SKAI's flagship property, has completed over 50 percent of construction on the 17-storey building. The luxury hospitality and residential project, which is set to open in 2016, will offer guests 477 spacious rooms and suites and 222 signature Viceroy Residences.

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