From luxury resorts complete with beach clubs to a hotel in JVC complete with more than 200 pools…
2018 was a big year of hotel openings, from luxury resorts on The Palm to budget-friendly hotels in the Marina, and it looks like 2019 will be no less impressive when it comes to new hotels opening in Dubai.
From Mandarin Oriental making its Dubai debut to a second serving on FIVE complete with 270 pools, here are 9 lavish hotels opening in Dubai in 2019.
Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City
The first five-star business hotel in Media City, the Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City is on track to open in the first quarter of 2019. The 235-room hotel will feature five restaurants and lounges, a spa, gymnasium and outdoor swimming pool as well as a state-of-the-art convention centre. Keep an eye out for a new rooftop bar as well, which will offer panoramic views of the Marina skyline.
Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City, Dubai Media City, opening March 2019. movenpick.com
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
One of the most hotly anticipated hotel openings in 2019 is the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai the Asian brand’s first Dubai hotel. Found on the Jumeirah beachfront, the hotel features 178 guest rooms and 78 suites, most of which come with private balconies, six restaurants and lounges and a 2,000 square metre spa. It’s set to open in the first quarter of 2019.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, opening April 2019. mandarinoriental.com
Waldorf Astoria DIFC
Spanning the 18th to 55th floor of DIFC’s Burj Daman is a brand new Waldorf Astoria hotel, which is opening next year. The entire 18th floor is dedicated to the hotel’s outdoor pool, rooftop bar, restaurants and wellness centre, while the floors above are dedicated to the hotel guest rooms.
Waldorf Astoria, Burj Daman, Happiness Street, DIFC, Dubai, opening April 2019. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
Dubai Studio City is set to become a dining destination in its own right, thanks to the soon-to-open Studio One Hotel. From the same people behind Media One Hotel, the mid-range, affordable city hotel will feature no less than six new dining destinations – and we reckon you’re already familiar with some of them. As well as a second serving of The Maine, L’Arte, The Irish Village and Mr Miyagi’s, there will be two new homegrown concepts, El Chapo’s Tacos and The Meating Room, which says it will offer ‘Indian suburban chic vibes’.
Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, Dubai, opening March 2019.
St Regis Dubai – The Palm
The first St Regis in the city was recently rebranded into Habtoor Palace, so we’re hoping the second serving fares better when it opens on The Palm next year. The luxury 280-room hotel will occupy the first 18 floors of a new building by master developer Palm Tower, which will be home to an infinity pool, 52nd floor viewing deck and several restaurants. It will also sit alongside the region’s first St Regis beach club, which will open in 2019, too.
St Regis Dubai – The Palm, Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah, opening 2019. nakheel.com
Taj Hotel JLT
Taj hotels second Dubai property will open in The Residences in Jumeirah Lakes Towers in the second quarter of the year. The hotel will occupy the first 17 floors of the tower, and features 200 guest rooms and suites, in addition to recreational facilities and dining venues. It’s one of two new Taj hotels opening in Dubai this year, with a Taj on The Palm set to open at the end of 2019.
Taj Hotel, The Residences, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, opening second quarter of 2019. theresidencesjlt.com/taj
JA Lake View
JA resorts, the legacy UAE brand is gearing up to open a third hotel, The JA Lake View Hotel this September. The 5-star hotel will join JA Beach Hotel and the all-suite JA Palm Tree Court on the 128-acre estate – making it Dubai’s Largest Experience Resort. It will bring an additional 348 luxurious rooms and suites to the area, and will include three outdoor swimming pools and five meeting rooms.
JA Lake View Hotel, Jebel Ali, Dubai, opening September 2019. jaresortshotels.com
The Royal Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah
The Royal Atlantis Resort is set to open towards the end of next year next to Atlantis, The Palm. Atlantis’ second Dubai property will offer 231 residences and 795 new guest rooms and suites. Among the host of planned amenities is an infinity pool situated 90m above the ground, as well as a legion of celebrity chef-led restaurants which include Dinner by Heston from Heston Blumenthal, Ariana’s Persian Kitchen by Iranian-Persian chef Ariana Bundy and Jaleo, the acclaimed restaurant by Jose Andres.
The Royal Atlantis Resort, Palm Jumeirah, opening late 2019. theroyalatlantisresidences.com
FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai
Known as The Palm’s popular party spot, FIVE will open in JVC in early 2019. Inside, you’ll find 247 hotel rooms and suites, 221 one and two-bedroom hotel apartments and 33 four-bedroom hotel apartments, with all the apartments set to come complete with private pools and lush, landscaped gardens. In total, the website advertises that there will be 271 pools inside the 800 foot skyscraper – that’s a whole lot of pools.
FIVE Jumierah Village, JVC, Dubai, opening 2019. fiveglobalholdings.com
Millennium Place Dubai Marina
Millennium Place is slated to open in the first half of 2019, and is a new offering in Dubai from the Millennium hotels group. The hotel features 453-rooms and suites, and will also be home to the world’s first Masterchef TV restaurant, which you can read all about here.
Millennium Place, Dubai Marina, opening 2019. thefirstgroup.com
Radisson, Damac Hills
The Middle East’s first Radisson hotel will open in Damac Hills at the end of next year. Currently under construction, it will be situated amongst the new 3.9 million sqm residential community surrounded by parkland and an 18-hole championship golf course. It will feature 481 rooms, including one and two-bedroom suites, as well as two restaurants to cater to guests’ dining needs. Leisure facilities including a gym, spa, kids club and an outdoor swimming pool will also be available, as will an extensive hotel meeting space built out over 600sqm.
Radisson, Damac Hills, Dubai, opening Q4 2019. damacproperties.com
Cote D’Azur, The Heart of Europe
One of 14 hotels opening within the six-island, The Heart of Europe complex is Côte d’Azur, a luxury beachfront hotel with 839 keys. The contemporary Mediterranean-style hotel will be home to premium quality rooms, suites and deluxe apartments with balconies. Special features at the hotel will include picturesque courtyards, various swimming pools, landscaped gardens, a beautiful white sandy beach, kids clubs, watersports, diving and snorkeling facilities, beach cafes and speciality restaurants. It will also be linked to the rest of the mainland Europe island, with a heap of shopping options.
Cote D’Azur Hotel, The Heart of Europe, World Islands, opening 2019, thoe.com
Opening in The Opus, which was designed by the late legendary architect Dame Zaha Haddi, is contemporary Spanish hotel brand ME by Meliá. Projected to open in the final quarter of 2019, it’s set to bring no less than 15 restaurants, bars and nightlife concepts to Downtown Dubai. Included in those is contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant, Roka. Founded in London in 2004 by Zuma’s founder Rainer Beck, the award-winning restaurant will make its Dubai debut in the hotel, and will feature a central robata grill as well as signature dishes from Roka’s famed London menu. ME Dubai will occupy 19 floors in the lower half of the building and consist of 93 rooms and suites as well as 98 serviced apartments. The jewel in the crown is set to be the ultra-luxurious ‘Suite ME’, which will occupy 200 square metres.
ME by Melia, The Opus, Business Bay, opening Q4 2019. mebymelia.com