Ready to (Hard) Rock? New Marina hotel to follow Vegas original
What’s On reveals details of Hard Rock Hotel Dubai which will be in Marina 101 in Dubai Marina, opening in 2015. It is one of the new hotels in Dubai.
The soon to be completed tallest residential tower in Dubai will house the first Hard Rock Hotel in the Middle East, it has emerged.
The Hard Rock Hotel will take up the first 33 floors of Marina 101 tower in Dubai Marina, which will be the second highest tower in the UAE when it opens in mid-2015.
The hotel will incorporate a Rock Spa, Body Rock gym, a club lounge and a restaurant, plus a Rock Shop selling the Hard Rock’s famous branded t-shirts and mugs. The walls will be filled with the rock and roll memorabilia the Hard Rock chain is renowned for.
Like other Hard Rock Hotels around the world, Dubai’s version will host live music performances. Musical greats including The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Oasis have played at the original Hard Rock Hotel, close to Las Vegas’ infamous Strip, in the past.
First established in Sin City in 1995, the hotel arm of the Hard Rock Café chain of theme restaurants has expanded to include properties across the US and in Asia. Dubai already has a Hard Rock Café restaurant in Festival City, but the Marina 101 project is the chain’s first foray into hotels in the Middle East.
Hard Rock International – which has a total of 190 venues in 58 countries, including 144 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos around the world – announced its plans together with Abu Dhabi Financial Group and UAE developer Sheffield Holdings. Another Hard Rock Hotel is expected to open in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
Hamish Dodds, chief executive officer of Hard Rock International, said: “We look forward to launching our hotel product to a region already familiar with and embracing of our café brand.”
The announcement of the haven for rock and roll fans comes after plans were revealed for the movie-themed Paramount Hotel in Dubai Downtown.
Each floor of the hotel will incorporate subtle nods to iconic films. As the studio behind some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history, there a wealth of films to which Paramount can pay homage. One thing is for sure, we wouldn’t want to stay in a Friday The 13th suite.