Work has begun on a $300 million (AED1.1 billion) residential and aparthotel complex in Dubai which is set to feature a manmade beach and rainforest and scheduled to open in 2018, according to the project’s lead consultant.
The scheme in Tecom, just off the Sheikh Zayed Road, is to be the UAE debut of a new Hilton Worldwide luxury hotels brand called ‘Curio – A Collection by Hilton’. The brand launched in June 2014 and already has hotels across the US, including in Las Vegas, Buenos Aires and Florida, as well as the Reichshof Hamburg Hotel in Germany.
The first Curio Middle East hotel is scheduled to open at Mall of Qatar next year.
Dubai’s Curio is to be called the Rosemont Hotel & Residences in Al Thanya First, is being developed on around 13,000 square metres of land and will comprise two 47-storey towers, of which one will be an aparthotel and the other serviced apartments.
The aparthotel will have 450 hotel rooms, plus a rooftop lobby and swimming pool. The second tower will have 280 serviced apartments also with a rooftop lobby and swimming pool. There will also be a health club, dining area, business centre and VIP lounge.
According to the plans, a five-storey podium is to be constructed between the towers, linking the two and featuring an artificial ‘beach’ and a manmade, rainforest-style landscape garden next to it.
The developer is Hilton Worldwide. The lead consultant is the Dubai-based arm of Canadian company Zas Group and Kieferle & Partner is the architect.
The main contractor, Civil Engineering and Contracting, was appointed shortly after Zas Group won the project management contract in June.
Mohammed Hashem, head of Zas Group’s tender and specification department, told Arabian Business that enabling works began one month ago and the project will complete in or around June 2018.
According to construction website Venturesonsite.com, ‘The Rosemont by Hilton’ in Tecom occupies two adjoining plots (C001-001 and C001-002). These plots are being amalgamated as part of the development, Hashem said.
He added that, while the Rosemont brand has yet to be formally launched, the company wants to build more hotels across the region and is eyeing several Middle East countries.
The Tecom scheme will be its first though, he said.
Zas Group said on its website: “The architecture of the building will represent today, in a city where smart and chic structures have contributed greatly to the destination.
“The intention of creating an active frontage on Sheikh Zayed Road side is achieved by a common podium proportioning the towers over as a pedestal, as modernism dominates the design.”
It is understood that Hilton Worldwide wants to build more Curio hotels across the region and is eyeing several Middle East countries.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Middle East and Africa for Hilton Worldwide, said: “Dubai’s vibrant hospitality sector continues to grow at an impressive pace, firmly earning its position as a highly desirable destination for global travellers.
“We continue to see huge potential in the market, and to add a Curio property to our portfolio of 35 hotels either trading or under development in the UAE is our recognition of the UAE’s ability to build a compelling offering to attract visitors from around the world.”
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