Middle East's 10 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2018

2018 is gearing up for a busy year in openings. Hotelier Middle East presents 10 openings of the year - in no particular order

1. Wyndham Dubai West Bay Marina

  • Proposed opening date: September 2018.

  • Location: Dubai Marina.

  • Owner: The First Group.

  • Interior designer: The First Group.

  • Architect: Alajmi Engineering Consultants.

  • Keys: 465.

  • Total area of property: Total build up area, circa 27,500m².

  • F&B outlets: A distinctive F&B proposition including three outlets.

  • Leisure facilities: A fitness centre, an outdoor rooftop pool and a spa.

  • MICE facilities: Three meeting rooms.

  • Unique selling points of the property: This 465-room hotel will be situated in a prime location in the highly sought-after Dubai Marina area, with easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road. It will be situated in front of the Jumeirah Lake Towers metro station, and close to other nearby transport links. Wyndham Dubai West Bay Marina will also offer its guests a distinctive F&B proposition.

2. Swiss-Belhotel Al Aziziyah Makkah

  • Location: In the heart of the Holy City of Makkah, footsteps from Masjid Al Haram and the Holy Kaaba.

  • Owner: Cardamom International Property Management LLC.

  • Interior designer: Futurism Design, Architectural & Interior Design, Dubai.

  • Architect: Eng. Osama Abdelwareth Ain Sadoumah,  MSC. consultant, KSA.

  • Keys: 525 rooms.

  • Total Area of property: Approximately 20,039m².

  • F&B outlets: One all-day-dining restaurant and a lobby café.

  • Leisure facilities: Nil.

  • MICE facilities: Extensive banquet facilities.

  • Unique selling points of the property: It is only a few minutes drive away from Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Al Aziziya.

3. Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem

  • Proposed opening date: Q2 2018.

  • Location: Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

  • Owner: Al Raijhi Estate Investment.

  • Interior designer: IDS Interior Design Studio.

  • Architect: IDS Interior Design Studio.

  • Keys: 502 with private balconies.

  • Total area of property: 15,523m².

  • F&B outlets: The Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem will host an all-day dining venue, which will offer international cuisine.

  • Leisure Facilities: Male and female gyms.

  • MICE facilities: Four high-tech conference rooms accommodating a total of 400 guests, theatre room (200 guests).

  • Unique selling points of the property: The property offers views of the Aisha Al Rajhi Mosque and surrounding areas, and is located less than a mile from Mina and Muzdalifah train stations. It offers the convenience of access to the Makkah City Centre, and is 105km from King Abdul Aziz International Airport. Its facilities are perfect for business travel.

4. Millennium Golden Horn Istanbul

  • Proposed opening date: Q1 2018.

  • Location: Historical City Centre, Istanbul.

  • Owner: SNR Holding.

  • Interior designer: METEX Group.

  • Architect: METEX Group.

  • Keys: 127.

  • Total area of property: 6,280.36m².

  • F&B outlets: All-day dining restaurant.

  • Leisure facilities: 24 hour room service, wellness centre with spa, steam and Turkish baths, 24-hour gym, swimming pool.

  • MICE facilities: A 340m² ballroom which can be divided into three meeting rooms, a 58m² meeting room, and a 72m² PDR.

  • Unique selling points of the property: Located in the heart of the historical city centre in the garden of the Tekfur Palace which is the first palace of Byzantum, next to the Virgin Mary Church. It is 200m to Khora Mosque & Museum in Balat neighbourhood which is protected by UNESCO, and is a five-minute drive from the Pierre Loti Hill and 15 km from Ataturk International Airport.

5. Anantara Tozeur Resort

  • Proposed opening date: Not set yet but will be in 2018.

  • Location: Tozeur, right outside the city centre, Tunisia.

  • Interior designer: Agora Architects.

  • Architect: Agora Architects.

  • Total area of property: TBC.

  • F&B outlets: All-day dining Tunisian restaurant, speciality Thai restaurant, and an Arabian night’s souq experience.

  • Unique selling points of the property: The property will be a palm oasis by itself, and offers excursions to the Chott El Jerid salt lake, along with a star gazing experience. Star Wars fans can visit the film set at Chott El Jerid.

6. TIME Asma Hotel

  • Proposed opening date: Q2 2018.

  • Location: Al Barsha, Dubai.

  • Owner: Adel Noori Jaber Ali.

  • Interior designer: TRS.

  • Architect: Ragheed Ahmed.

  • Keys: 232 over six floors.

  • Total area of property: 18.741m2.

  • F&B outlets: It will offer an all-day dining restaurant/Italian pizzeria, pool bar & in-room dining.

  • Leisure facilities: Gym, swimming pool, kids pool and treatment rooms (male & female).

  • MICE facilities: Three meeting rooms as well as a business centre.

  • Unique selling points of the property: Two floors of the hotel will be reserved exclusively for female travellers with dedicated services, including: room service, a female-only check-in counter, women-only guest relations, in-house baby-sitting services, in-room tablets highlighting the services offered for women such as bespoke beauty products, in-room beauty treatments, and enhanced amenities in each room. The hotel aims to have females making up 80% of the team members, led by GM Ghada Mahgoub.

7. Radisson Blu Residence Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter