Dubai's Address Downtown hotel will not reopen in 2016: Emaar
Dubai - Fire engulfed the 63-storey hotel and residential tower on New Year's Eve.
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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2016, 2:45 PM
Last updated: Wed 27 Apr 2016, 2:49 AM
Dubai's Address Downtown hotel, which was damaged in a fire on New Year's Eve, will not reopen this year, an executive at the hospitality group of operator Emaar Properties told Reuters on Monday. There had been no negative impact on Emaar's balance sheet from the hotel's temporary closure, Chris Newman, Emaar Hospitality Group director of operations, told reporters. An official spokesperson told Khaleej Times: "We would like to have it open this year; however work is progressing and we will announce the timelines in due course. Our goal is to complete it in the earliest possible time." The Address Downtown Dubai, with 196 rooms, is currently being redeveloped. Fire engulfed the 63-storey hotel and residential tower on New Year's Eve. WATCH: Police rescue operations on the night of the fire In addition, Emaar Hospitality Group, announced its expansion plan, highlighted by 35 new hotels and serviced residences to open under its Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels brands. "In just eight years since our inception, we have developed three compelling hotel brands with distinctive niches. Today, we are taking our home-grown expertise to international markets and newer geographies. The scope and scale of our expansion is set to establish Emaar Hospitality Group as a premier provider of world-class hospitality not just in the UAE but globally," said Chris Newman, corporate director of operations at Emaar Hospitality Group. The new openings will take the total number of new hotel rooms being added by Emaar Hospitality Group in the UAE to 3,835 and the number of new serviced residences to 4,249. Internationally, Emaar will add to its portfolio 707 hotel rooms and 833 serviced residences. One of the key expansions by Emaar Hospitality Group in the UAE is its partnership with Eagle Hills, an Abu Dhabi-based private real estate investment and development company, to operate The Address Fujairah Resort + Spa, located in Sharm, known for its breathtaking mountain and sea views. In addition to offering 196 luxury hotel rooms, The Address Hotels + Resorts will also operate 177 apartments set in four residential buildings as well as 10 luxurious villas under The Address Residences Fujairah Resort + Spa. The Address Hotels + Resorts is also expanding in Dubai with the addition of three new hotels including The Address Boulevard Dubai, with 196 rooms and suites; The Address Sky View Dubai, with 169 rooms; and The Address Fountain Views Dubai, with 193 rooms, all located in Downtown Dubai. The Address Downtown Dubai, with 196 rooms, is currently being redeveloped. Also read: Address Hotel fire sparked by short-circuit Also read: 23 tonnes of waste collected after fire and fireworks in Downtown Dubai