By Sarah Townsend
Residences will also sit within tower owned by wasl Asset Management Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to manage a second luxury hotel and branded residences in Dubai, due to open in 2020, the group announced on Tuesday.
The hotel, located in downtown Dubai, will follow the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Beach, currently under construction on the beachfront and due to open in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Both the hotels are owned and developed by wasl Asset Management Group.
The Downtown hotel will anchor a 63-storey new-build mixed-use building to be named wasl Tower, on Sheikh Zayed Road.
It will comprise 257 hotel rooms, suites and serviced apartments to be located on floors 16 to 38 of the tower. There will also be a signature dining experience, rooftop sky bar, two-storey spa and other amenities including a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop.
Meanwhile the group will also manage 144 luxury ‘Residences at Mandarin Oriental’, located on the tower’s upper floors, plus a resident’s lounge, separate entrance and city views.
The property, designed by Amsterdam-based architects UN Studio, will have direct access to nearby attractions including Dubai Opera, Burj Park and Dubai Mall, the group said.
James Riley, group CEO of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said: “Dubai continues to develop as one of the world’s leading destinations, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to operate two luxury hotels in the city.
“We look forward to collaborating with wasl Group to create a second iconic property and to be extending our brand’s presence in the Middle East.”
Hesham Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group, added: “Combined with the premium property offering at wasl Tower, we are offering the height of luxury in both the hospitality and residential sectors".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.