By Salma Awwad
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai announces opening of new tower to offer nearly 300 extra rooms
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the world's tallest hotel, has announced the opening of a second tower to increase its total number of rooms to more than 1,000.
The second tower offers an additional 294 rooms to the hotel, bringing the total room count to 1,098 in quarter 1, 2014.
Once fully operational by the end of 2014, Tower 2 will comprise of 804 suites and rooms, the hotel operator said in a statement.
Tower 2 introduces a new lounge on its 72nd floor, which will build on the hotel’s current portfolio of 14 restaurants and lounges, it added.
Commenting on the tower opening, Bill Keffer, hotel manager for the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai said: “The second tower opening has opened at an important time in Dubai’s development; recent reports from Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) predict that by 2020, Dubai will receive around 20 million visitors per year.
“This is due to the country’s growing prominence as a MICE destination on the world stage and the recent Expo 2020 win. In light of this we are confident our hotel is in a strong position to cater for the increased number of visitors, particularly because our conference and event facilities are equipped to host over 1,000 people to meet, dine and stay,” he added
The world’s tallest hotel opened in November 2012 standing at 355 metres in height, which is only 26 metres short of the Empire State Building.
Once fully open the two identical towers will offer 1,608 hotel suites and rooms, nine restaurants, six lounges, and 8,500 sq m of event space.