Summer isn't necessarily the time to send clients to the United Arab Emirates, but here's an update on developments for making future travel arrangements.
At the end of 2006, there were 31,508 rooms available in
If a fall excursion is suits your clients, consider the Raffles Dubai, which opens its
doors in September. The 248-rooms-and-suites resort takes the shape of a
20-story pyramid in the heart of
Although all rooms sport balconies with expansive views across the city, the best rooms to book will be the Presidential Suites, which span a whopping 2,800 square feet, have their own large, private balcony, boast panoramic views of the city, tranquil interiors and a beautiful lounge area.
Dining options abound, including everything from steak and
seafood at Fire & Ice and contemporary, international fare at Oasis.
Raffles Dubai will also include the award-winning Raffles Amrita Spa and the
The hotel is 15 minutes from the international airport and
10 minutes from
Travel agents sending their clients can contact General Manager Hagop A. Doghramadjian directly at 9714 3246000 or [email protected].
Located inland along
The man-made Palm Jumeirah is complete and building on the island has already begun; occupancy is expected by the end of this year.
Travel Agent hears that the Atlantis Hotel will be built on the island and be completed by the end of 2008. Insiders tell us one of the hotel's suites will even have an entire wall that is an aquarium. The island has also peaked major mogul and entrepreneur Donald Trump's interest. Plans for the Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower, created by the European firm Atkins, have been revealed.
Word on the other two man-made
All of the islands will consist of residential, leisure, hotel and marina developments set to be completed between 2008 and 2010.
The $28 million project Bawadi, which is to be developed and managed by Tatweer—a member of Dubai Holding—will be the longest strip of hotels in the world. Asia Asia, one of the hotels, is set to be the largest hotel in the world with 6,500 rooms.
Thirty-one hotels with 29,200 rooms will stretch along 10 kilometers (approximately six miles). The complex will have more than 100 theaters and 1,500 restaurants. The project will be completed in five phases in the period of 2010-2014.
The five-star Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort—Dubai opened its doors right
Besides Mina A' Salam, guests can experience a stay fit for a king at Al Qasr ("the palace"), which is designed to reflect a sheikh's summer residence. Dar Al Masyaf, the resort's Arabian Summer Houses, are stand-alone, two-story retreats, and the optimal choice for guests seeking extra privacy.
Famished guests have a wide-range of restaurants and bar
options, with cuisine running the gamut, from traditional Arabian tapas at
Bahri Bar to classic Italian at Segreto. Although each accommodation has something
to offer, the best rooms to book are the Dar Al Masyaf Gulf Ocean Suites, which
span 1,291 square feet and are located on the first floor to ensure the best
views of the
When your clients are ready to leave this peaceful paradise,
they will be in easy reach of transportation;
Travel agents sending their clients can call the Central Reservations Office at 877-854-8051.
Don't Forget Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat is set to become an international tourism destination offering approximately 29 hotels with more than 7,100 rooms, three marinas and two golf courses. The island's beachfront will be home to 14 resorts being build to be four-stars and higher. When the development is complete, it is expected to house approximately 150,000 people.