Senior executive says luxury project is 'still very much alive'; initially due to open in 2015
Langham Hospitality Group is still committed to plans to open a luxury hotel on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah despite the project stalling, a senior executive has revealed.
Andrew Jessop, Langham's senior vice president worldwide development, said the project, which was initially scheduled for completion in 2015, was "still very much alive".
In an interview with Hotelier Middle East, a sister publication of Arabian Business, Jessop said: "That project is still very much alive as a managed project. The developer is currently stalled but we are confident that he will eventually finish that building.
"Construction is already 90 percent completed and the interiors just need to be finished. The hotel is well positioned on the Palm with a fantastic view over the sea to the Dubai skyline."
In 2014, Langham announced plans to open a 323-room resort on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
The company said at the time that it had signed an agreement with DAS Real Estate to manage The Langham, Palm Jumeirah resort. Catering to couples and large families, the resort will have 53 one- and two-bedroom suites that range from 63 to 236 square metres; 22 of them will feature individual plunge pools.
Jessop added in the interview that he remains "hopeful" that the project will be delivered by 2020.
The interview took place at an event to showcase The Langham Downtown Dubai, a AED1 billion ($275 million) project encompassing a 167-key Langham Place Hotel and 239 fully serviced luxury residences scheduled to be completed by 2020.
He said The Langham Downtown Dubai will feature the group's signature Chuan Spa and afternoon tea in the lobby, a destination bar, as well as a speciality restaurant, the operating partner of which will be a well-known European chef whose restaurants have been awarded with multiple Michelin stars.
Jessop also shared that The Langham Jeddah is on track for completion by either end of 2018 or early 2019.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.