By Sarah Townsend
Construction of the 260-bed Meydan Beach Hotel is due to complete in 2019
Meydan Group has started building a five-star hotel on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), to replace a beach club the developer shut down in 2014.
The Meydan Beach Hotel is to comprise 260 rooms, including hotel and serviced apartments, according to Meghnad Warrier, vice-president of finance at Meydan Group.
Preliminary construction work including shoring and piling has begun and the development is expected to complete within three years, by the start of 2019.
Warrier said the hotel is being constructed on a site next to the Ritz Carlton and opposite the Mövenpick hotel in JBR.
It is understood the hotel will replace the private Meydan Beach club, which opened in JBR in 2012 and closed two years later.
In the months before it opened, the luxury club courted controversy among JBR residents who were angry it had been built on the site of a promised community beach house, according to media reports at the time.
Dubai Properties Group, the developer that built JBR, reportedly handed over the building to Meydan, which turned it into a high-end club with three swimming pools that cost up to AED500 per day to enter. The club closed in 2014.
An announcement on the now-defunct Meydan Beach website says: “The Meydan Group brings together elegant lifestyle opportunities with leading entertainment and sporting events and takes pride in our diverse range of offerings.
“As part of our future direction, we will be introducing an exciting new development to our portfolio located at the Meydan Beach site. In order to make way for this project, operations at Meydan Beach have now been closed.
“The Meydan Group looks forward to announcing details of the plans for this development that will continue to improve and transform the range of offerings for Dubai’s residents and visitors.”
The statement added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our guests for your continued support.”
A spokesperson for Meydan Group declined to provide further information about the new hotel, and said images were not yet available.
The developer is also building the Meydan One mixed-use centre comprising a 770-metre-high tower, new mall with the world’s largest indoor ski slope, a 25,000 sq m indoor sports facility, manmade beach and public square capable of accommodating 60,000 people.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.
More unkept promises (this time - the stories told to JBR buyers 10 years ago). Further tarnishing the image of Dubai as an investment.
Another blow to Dubai's credibility in the eyes of private real-estate investors. First: Dubai Properties includes a beach park and beach club as part and parcel of the benefits that JBR buyers will get. Next: The park becomes a car park (direly needed as no-one thought where the visitors to all that retail F&B would put the cars they arrived in... and please don't mention the myth of the public transport option). Next: The park becomes a mall, with even more F&B competing with the existing excess. Next: the beach club that was supposed to be free to JBR owners becomes an expensive venue in the hands of Meydan. Next: Meydan realise they were being too greedy even by their voracious standards and now turn the site into a hotel that will block the sea view that many JBR investors thought they had bought. All very disappointing. And another warning to new investors to beware of marketing promises that will not be kept.
Also the road between the first line beach hotels and the JBR towers should be closed for all normal traffic. It should be open only for emergency vehicles, taxis and hotel buses after 6 p.m. and delivery trucks before 11 a.m. Have a look how this is solved in the city of Salzburg Austria for example. It cannot be our future to have that important road blocked with cars and motorbikes all night long and making so much revving noise at times. I am very worried that one day the emergency vehicles will not arrive on time just because the road was hopelessly blocked by normal cars and bikes.
Furthermore if the whole of the right hand side of the JBR beach front is occupied by hotels, how will emergency vehicles access the beach in case of a drowning accident for example? Already now you will find there are no access points anywhere right of the Beach Mall.