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First overseas Dukes hospitality project to open in Dubai by end-2016

UK-themed Dukes Dubai will offer 279 bedrooms and 227 hotel apartments on Palm Jumeirah

First overseas Dukes hospitality project to open in Dubai by end-2016
Seven Tides CEO Abdulla Bin Sulayem.

The first international property for the Dukes Collection on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah will open by the end of this year, it has been announced.

Owned and operated by UAE-based luxury hospitality developer Seven Tides, Dukes Dubai will employ over 400 staff, the company said in a statement.

Spread over 15 floors, Dukes Dubai will offer 279 bedrooms including 64 suites with a women-only Duchess floor featuring 20 rooms plus 227 fully furnished hotel apartments, along with six dining experiences and extensive leisure facilities including a private beach and health club.

The six dining venues includes the hotel’s signature outlet, the Great British Restaurant, which will offer modern British casual-style cuisine.

Dukes Dubai will also add a flavour of India to its restaurant repertoire with the launch of the first international outpost for Mumbai-based family restaurant group, Khyber, the statement said.

Other dining locations include The Tea Lounge offering Traditional British Afternoon Tea and the award-winning Manhattan style grill and bar, West 14th.

Landscaped leisure activities include a choice of three indoor and outdoor pools including an infinity pool and lazy river, fitness centre, private stretch of white sandy beach and kids club.

The 227 studio and one-bedroom apartments are targeted at families and long staying guests. Fully furnished, the apartments are made up of 185 studios and 42 one-bedroom units.

“Dubai is now the fourth most popular destination in the world, it is a cosmopolitan city, a playground for the rich and famous. These international travellers recognise, expect and demand quality service and we have to deliver, not only to realise the Dukes stringent brand values and to secure guest loyalty but to compete successfully in Dubai’s highly competitive luxury hospitality market,” said Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO, Seven Tides International.  

“Our intensive training programme will focus on the essence of great British service. With new staff arriving from countries near and far, it is important that we explain the concept of great British service, establish Dukes’ standards and stress the value of consistency, both in theory and practice,” added Debrah Dhugga, managing director, Dukes Collection.

“Dubai is an increasingly popular destination for travellers from the UK, and our experience of welcoming loyal guests from the emirates and wider Gulf to DUKES London has helped us identify an opportunity to export our brand,” said Dhugga.

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