The world’s tallest hotel, the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is about to lose its ‘highest hotel in the world’ crown, being overtaken by the 1608-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai when it emerges in the fourth quarter of this year.
At the giddy height of 355 metres (1,164 feet), the hotel “symbolises Dubai’s resurgence and increasing importance at the centre of the global business crossroads”.
Just 26 metres (85 feet) shorter than the Empire State Building in New York, it will open in two phases, with the first section featuring 807 rooms and numerous restaurants and lounges.
Firmly focusing its eyes on the important MICE market, it will fill the hotel gap of up to 1,000 people who can meet, sleep and dine under one roof, in one location.
In addition to the many dining and entertainment options, the hotel will have two ballrooms, 24 meeting rooms and a total of 5,100 square metres (54,895 square feet) of event space.
“The potential to cater for the growing needs of the global business community is huge and we believe the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is uniquely placed in that regard,” said Rupprecht Queitsch, general manager.
“There are businesses choosing various cities around the world in which to meet, but until now, Dubai has not had a single location of this size to accommodate this type of group.
“In simple terms, we will establish Dubai on the global conference market landscape,” Queitsch said.