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Nakheel, Starwood ink deal to open St Regis hotel on Dubai's Palm

Set to open in 2018, The St Regis Dubai - The Palm will be a part of Dubai developer's Palm Tower project

Nakheel, Starwood ink deal to open St Regis hotel on Dubai's Palm

Dubai developer Nakheel has signed a management agreement with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to operate a new St Regis hotel in Dubai.

Set to open in 2018, The St Regis Dubai - The Palm will be a part of Palm Tower, Nakheel's 52-storey luxury mixed-use development and the centrepiece of Palm Jumeirah island.

It will offer 289 guest rooms, including 23 suites, occupying the first 18 floors of The Palm Tower, while the upper floors will comprise 504 luxury apartments, Nakheel said in a statement.

The hotel will feature two swimming pools, including the one of the world's highest infinity pools. Located on the 50th floor, some 210 metres above ground, the pool will border all four sides of the building, offering 360 degree, panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah, the Gulf and Dubai skyline.

It will offer various dining experiences including a signature restaurant located on the 51st level, a St Regis Beach Club and an all-day restaurant while it will also feature a public rooftop viewing deck on the 52nd floor.

Nakheel chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said: "Our partnership with Starwood to open a St Regis on the Palm reinforces what the island is all about: unrivalled, world-class facilities that set new standards for residents and tourists.

"The Palm Tower will be the jewel in the crown of this world-famous island and a new architectural wonder for Dubai. We are delighted to have partnered with St Regis - another name synonymous with luxury - to represent our flagship hotel, and one of the most sought-after establishments in the region."

Neil George, senior vice president, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Africa, added: "We are pleased to be entering into this partnership with Nakheel for this iconic development which will further consolidate Starwood's strong growth momentum in Dubai, where we continue to see strong demand for high-end hotel accommodations.

"The continued growth of the St. Regis brand in the UAE underpins our commitment to Starwood's luxury portfolio in this dynamic market."

St Regis made its debut in the Middle East in 2011 with The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, rapidly growing its portfolio in the Middle East with The St Regis Doha, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, and the newly opened St Regis Dubai.

The Palm Tower, for which Nakheel awarded a construction contract for AED819 million in October this year, will be directly linked to Nakheel Mall, a new, 4.4 million square foot retail and entertainment destination by Nakheel. Construction is ongoing, with completion due in 2018.

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