Ramada Dubai will be renovated but it will loss its world's tallest glass mural

Posted: 27-Aug-16 09:55

The Ramada Dubai, a popular spot for many years, will be torn down later this year to make way for a bigger, more upscale property which will include a supermarket and shopping mall. The most iconic element of the Ramada is its massive stained glass mural, a panel so enormous that it made the Guinness Book of World Records. The mural is so large, in fact, that the new hotel won't be able to accommodate it, and unless a buyer is found, the massive work of art will be demolished along with the hotel, The National reports.

Ramada Dubai will be renovated but it will loss its world's tallest glass mural

In Dubai, where it seems that everything is bigger and more ostentatious, the world’s largest stained glass mural is in need of a buyer. Currently a focal point of the Ramada Dubai, the massive mural will be demolished along with the hotel later this year, according to The National. The hotel’s owners would prefer to find a new home for the enormous piece, which has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The spectacular mural is just over 41 metres high and 9 metres wide. The work of designer John Lawson, the mural was inspired by 17th century Mughal designs and features 28 species of flowers as well as birds and geometric designs. The pane is a beloved feature of the hotel, and many are saddened by the prospect of such an undignified end for the mural.

As Dubai continues to grow, many of the city’s older properties have been razed to make way for new, larger developments. The demolition of the Ramada Dubai will begin in October to make way for a five-star, 180-room hotel and shopping mall. Unfortunately, the new hotel cannot accommodate the enormous mural, according to Abdellah Essonni, the chief executive of Abjar Hotels International.

The mural is currently up for sale and Abjar Hotels hopes that ultimately, it will remain in the UAE. The Ramada Dubai is set to close at the end of August, after the last guest checks out of the hotel.

In recent years, Dubai has become a major tourist destination, known throughout the world for its luxury shopping and physics-defying building projects. Among Dubai’s building triumphs are the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, and a man-made island shaped like a palm tree.

Visitors are also drawn to the city for its diversity and cosmopolitan attitude. Emiratis are only a small portion of Dubai’s population, which draws from cultures around the world. Although it was once a slow-paced backwater in the Emirates, Dubai is now a favourite destination among travellers who want an array of international dining options, world-class shopping, and an energetic, youthful atmosphere. Because of its high standard of living, Dubai was voted one of the best places to live in the Middle East.

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