The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), India's largest hospitality company, has signed an agreement to open its fourth Taj hotel in Dubai, increasing its inventory to more than 1,000 rooms in the city. The new Taj hotel, slated to open in early 2022, is being developed at Deira Creek.
"The Middle East is a significant market for IHCL. We are honored to partner with Ithra Dubai for this new hotel in Deira, the historical and cultural center of Dubai. IHCL has a long tradition of managing marquee hotels with rich heritage links across the world," said Puneet Chhatwal, managing director and chief executive officer at IHCL.
The new hotel will be part of Deira Waterfront Development, one of Dubai's most significant rejuvenation projects, and will be located 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport. The hotel will have approximately 200 rooms and suites with a selection of rooms cantilevered over the water, specialty restaurants, a bar and lounge, an unspecified amount of meeting space and a spa.
Deira is a culturally rich and vibrant part of Dubai which has historically been part of a major international trade route. Some of the popular attractions in Deira include the Spice Market, Gold Souk, Women's Museum, Heritage House and the Dubai Dolphinarium.
IHCL also operates Taj Dubai in downtown Business Bay, which has 296 rooms, views of the Burj Khalifa, a ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 and a selection of meeting rooms and a large boardroom. Its two new hotels, Taj Jumeirah Lake Towers and Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, are opening in late 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The Taj hotel in Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers will occupy from the ground floor to the 17th floor and will have 200 guest rooms and suites. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa on Palm Jumeirah will have 232 rooms and the largest spa in the Middle East.