Revealed: Middle East's top 10 most anticipated hotels of 2016

The region's hottest hotel openings this year, from Bahrain to Beirut
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Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai

\nProposed opening date: September 2016.

\nLocation: Palm Jumeirah Dubai.

\nOwner: Skai Holdings.

\nInterior designer: Yabu Pushelberg and Nao Taniyama.

\nArchitect: P&T Architects & Engineers Ltd.

\nKeys: 477 rooms and suites, comprising 85 suites and 40 hotel apartments. In addition, it will have 222 signature Viceroy Residences.

\nF&B: 10 dining outlets that includes Mott 32 — a contemporary Cantonese restaurant from Hong Kong, and Italian restaurant Quattro Passi.

\nLeisure facilities: A 800m2 spa, 14 treatment rooms, three outdoor swimming pools, large recreational pool, beach club, library and relaxation lounge.

\nMICE facilities: 700m2 main ballroom, catering up to 400 guests and four fully-equipped meeting rooms.

\nUnique selling points of the property: Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai features standout architecture with design, located along Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah offering panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel’s 10 restaurants offers a wide variety of choices to guests. The Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai will also be the emirate’s first Viceroy hotel.

\nDid you know?

\nThe Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai will be the emirate’s first Viceroy hotel.
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Canyon ranch Kaplankaya

\nProposed opening date: July 2016.

\nLocation: Kaplankaya Turkish Riviera.

\nOwner: Capital Partners.

\nInterior designer: Office of Architecture in Barcelona.

\nArchitect: Carlos and Borja Ferrater with partner Juan Trias de Bes.

\nKeys: 141 guestrooms and suites, including 48 garden bungalow rooms, 18 garden bungalow executive rooms, 69 hotel rooms, and six hotel suites. The resort will also include 150-300 villas built in multiple phases.

\nTotal area of property: 4,817,000m2.

\nF&B: There will be two restaurants within the resort, Canyon Ranch and Canyon Ranch Nourish. One in the hotel, and another more casual option located adjacent to a pool and beach. The cuisine will focus on Mediterranean-inspired fresh, sustainable foods interwoven with Turkish ingredients and flavours.

\nLeisure facilities: Spa with hot-and-cold therapies including hammams, Finnish saunas, igloos, HydroSpas, fitness and wellness centre with fitness classes, Technogym cardio. The resort will have on-site exercise physiologists and personal trainers, with a range of outdoor activities that include hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, wind surfing and sailing to name a few.

\nMICE facilities: Conference and event rooms spread across 271m2.

\nUnique selling points of the property: The resort and its facilities are tailored towards providing a sanctuary of health and wellness options. The resort features several spa and treatment facilities within its premises.

\nFast fact:

\nThis will be the first Canyon Ranch property outside of the United States.
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Rocco Forte Jeddah

\nProposed opening date: Q2 2016.

\nLocation: Jeddah City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

\nOwner: Assila Hospitality Ltd.

\nInterior designer: Olga Polizzi and Martin Brudnizki.

\nArchitect: Mohamed Harasani Architects.

\nKeys: 304 units, including 94 residential serviced apartments.

\nArea: 85,126m2.

\nF&B: Eight restaurants planned, which includes Pampas (Argentinian) and Aubergine (Mediterranean).

\nLeisure facilities: Rooftop pool, 1252m2 Assila spa, sports lounge, squash courts, treatment rooms.

\nMICE facilities: Large ballroom, dedicated meeting floor with 11 meeting rooms and an on-property indoor car park.

\nUnique selling points of the property: The hotel is located on Tahliah Street, the only luxury hotel in the heart of Jeddah’s central business and shopping district. An art hotel with around 2000 paintings and art pieces done by Saudi artists.

\nDid you know?

\nThe legendary Rocco Forte Hotels return to the Middle East after a stint in Abu Dhabi.
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Bab Al Qasr, Abu Dhabi

\nProposed opening date: April 2016.

\nLocation: Abu Dhabi Corniche, UAE.

\nOwner: Emirates — Morocco General Trading and Investment Company (EMROC)

\nInterior designer: Planning Services International (PSI).

\nKeys: 677 rooms (298 rooms, 114 suites, 265 residences).Area: 154,189.28m2.

\nF&B: Eight dining options including a brasserie, grill restaurant, Moroccan restaurant, beach restaurant, cocktail bar, pool bar, lobby lounge and delicatessen.

\nLeisure facilities: Bab Al Qasr will be a haven for business and leisure travellers alike with something to suit every need. The leisure facilities will feature a private beach, a Moroccan spa and health centre, and swimming pool.

\nMICE facilities: Bab Al Qasr will offer a total of 16 meeting rooms with state-of-the-art facilities and technology, along with a large ballroom.

\nUnique selling points of the property: Bab Al Qasr has been designed to provide authentic Arabic luxury hospitality, featuring Arabesque architecture and spectacular interiors to create a truly authentic Arabian experience for business or leisure travellers. The hotel is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

\nDid you know?

\nBab Al Qasr is located on its own private beach.
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Time Royal Hotel, Dubai

\nProposed opening date: December 2016.

\nLocation: Dubai Healthcare City, UAE.

\nOwner: AWTAD PJSC.

\nInterior designer: Studio HBA.

\nArchitect: NEB.

\nKeys: 277.

\nArea: 28,000m2.

\nF&B outlets: Three restaurants; however no other details have been confirmed.

\nLeisure facilities: Spa, pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, indoor kids club.

\nMICE facilities: One ballroom and four meeting rooms.

\nUnique selling points of the property: A special medical tourism offering with 22 specially equipped suites to cater to all medical travellers and have their own private space.

\nDid you know?

\nThis will be the Local hotelier’s first five-star property launch.
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Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort — Beirut, Lebanon

\nProposed opening date: May 2016.

\nLocation: Beirut, Lebanon.

\nOwner: SGET (Société Générale d‘Entreprises Touristiques sal).

\nInterior designer: HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates).

\nArchitect: Samir Khairallah & Partners (SKP).

\nKeys: 153 keys.

\nArea: 64,231m2.

\nF&B: Ten restaurants which includes Candelabra, Bar 1897, Le Salon and B.

\nLeisure facilities: Resense spa, pools, private beach and tennis court.

\nMICE facilities: Three meeting rooms and one ballroom.

\nUnique selling points of the property: Rooms feature a jet stream and semi-private pool access. Ideal wedding destination with extensive indoors and outdoors facilities, and a specially designed bridal suite.

\nSpecial feature?

\nPrivate sea view day-use bungalows with terraces, and secluded private Jacuzzi along with a private beach area.
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Downtown Rotana, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

\nProposed opening date: February 1, 2016.

\nLocation: Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

\nOwner: Banader Hotels.

\nInterior designer: GMA.

\nArchitect: Aedas International.

\nKeys: 249.

\nArea: Total build-up area 27,777m2.

\nF&B: City Lobby Lounge, Flavours on 2 — all-day dining, Teatro Downtown and Sundeck Pool Bar.

\nLeisure facilities: Bodylines fitness & wellness club, offering a rooftop swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, relaxation area, massage rooms, dance and exercise studios.

\nMICE facilities: Seven meeting rooms, plus the Al Maha Ballroom along with total meeting space of 1,033m2.

\nUnique selling points of the property: Downtown Rotana is the latest five-star business hotel to open in the immediate vicinity offering luxury accommodation and facilities for business and leisure travellers. It offers some of the largest guest rooms in comparison to five-star business hotels in the immediate area.

\nSpecial feature?

\nThe hotel smartly combines top notch features suited for business travellers as well as those looking for leisure.
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Al Rayyan Hotel — Doha, Curio, A Collection by Hilton

\nProposed opening date: H2 2016.

\nLocation: Mall of Qatar, Doha, Qatar.

\nOwner: Al Jaryan Trading & Contracting.

\nInterior designer: HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates).

\nArchitect: Chapman Taylor.

\nKeys: 201 rooms, including 25 suites.

\nArea: 32,000m2.

\nF&B: Moda lounge, Patisserie retail shop, Mezzo Restaurant (Mediterranean), Muy Vivo (South American).

\nLeisure facilities: Located at the heart of a new district in Doha known as Al Rayyan Gate.

\nMICE facilities: The hotel will feature two boardrooms, four meeting rooms and a multi-function banquet hall with a dedicated private entrance.

\nUnique selling points of the property: As a Curio — A Collection by Hilton hotel, this property is designed for travellers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences seamlessly combined with the quality and service level.

\nDid you know?

\nThe hotel features a ladies coterie — with facilities including a hairdresser and spa; 24-hour gym and wellness areas.
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Four Seasons DIFC

\nProposed opening date: Q2 2016.

\nLocation: Dubai International Financial Centre, UAE.

\nOwner: Bright Start Holdings, a private holding company and investment vehicle owned by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

\nInterior designer: Adam Tihany.

\nArchitect: Joesph Sawaya and Winston Coral.

\nKeys: 106.

\nF&B: DIFC Diner, Podium Lounge, Sky Bar and Cigar Club.

\nLeisure facilities: The hotel will feature a spa, rooftop glass walled pool and a fitness centre.

\nMICE facilities: No meeting room facilities designated within the property. However a Four Seasons first — ‘Living Room’ — can be used for intimate conversations, meetings or general networking. With specially designed tables, service areas and seating to make it an idyllic space to work.

\nUnique selling points of the property: Its prime location is a fundamental factor in that it sits nestled into one of the most sought after post codes in Dubai making it idyllic for short stay travellers looking to be close to the sights and shopping, or those on fleeting business trips.

\nDid you know?

\nThe Four Seasons DIFC has no designated MICE facilities, instead IT offers a Four Seasons first — ‘Living Room’.
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Coral Al Madina by HMH — Hospitality Management Holdings

\nProposed opening date: October, 2016.

\nLocation: Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

\nOwner: Mobarak Hotels Group.

\nInterior designer: Designs Company.

\nArchitect: Design interior design & furniture.

\nKeys: 400+ rooms and suites.

\nArea: 46,000m2.

\nF&B: Three speciality restaurants and a lobby lounge.

\nLeisure facilities: Fully-equipped gym and spa, shopping arcade as well as a helipad.

\nMICE facilities: Two fully equipped meeting rooms with adaptable function spaces and a business centre.

\nUnique selling points of the property: Coral Al Madina Hotel is going to be the biggest and most prestigious opening of the year for HMH — Hospitality Management Holdings and is being developed to be the first ‘smart’ hotel in Madinah offering the most advanced technology including high-tech smart rooms.

\nDid you know?

\nEach room is equipped to meet the needs of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and families, coupled with views of the holy mosque.