By Eudore Chand
Redevelopment work on Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club is in full swing for the winter season reopening.
Redevelopment work is going on at full swing at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club for the scheduled reopening for the winter season of this year. When that happens, the club will have a luxury hotel on the banks of the Creek and 92 executive villas. The villas will be available for rent on an annual basis. The hotel is to be managed by Hyatt International, will have 238 rooms and will open in August next year. It will be called the Park Hyatt Dubai and is described as boutique.
“The hotel will combine elements of a boutique and city centre hotel because of its location on the creek,” says Christopher May, general manager of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
Apart from all the building, the existing golf course and practice range is being redesigned as well. This is being done in conjunction with top professional Thomas Bjorn and should be ready for play on the 1st December 2004.
The hotel is to feature several restaurants, conference and banqueting facilities as well as a health spa. “A team of international experts has designed the hotel to complement and not compete with the design of the clubhouse. The clubhouse is one of the iconic designs in Dubai and when you already have a building like that you don’t need another design to diminish it,” May said.
All rooms at the four-storey low-rise hotel will have creek views. Building a hotel onsite has been planned since the club opened in 1992 and this is driving the redevelopment. To position the hotel between the marina and the clubhouse, the existing golf course had to be redesigned. While its area remains the same, the course will now flow around the perimeter of the resort.
The architecture of Park Hyatt Dubai will draw on the rich heritage of Dubai and the region, seamlessly blending Moorish and Mediterranean influences, complementing the iconic Dubai Creek Golf Clubhouse, a building synonymous with Dubai’s famous skyline, according to John Wallis, senior vice-president for marketing at Hyatt International.
The hotel will have conference facilities including a ballroom to accommodate 500 guests, four meeting rooms and a Business Centre complete with outdoor function area. Health and relaxation facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, steam room and Jacuzzi.