Al Habtoor Group brings the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai back to life

Posted: 05-Jan-17 11:25

The Al Habtoor Group has made good on its promise to revive the much loved Metropolitan Hotel Dubai after it was demolished over three and a half years ago. The Group recently celebrated the re opening of the iconic hotel at its new location on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Al Habtoor Group brings the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai back to life

After closing its doors for over three and a half years, the iconic Metropolitan Hotel Dubai has been reopened at its new location on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Instrumental to the eagerly anticipated re launch of the Metropolitan was the Al Habtoor Group. Speaking at the time of the opening was Al Habtoor Group Chairman Khalaf Al Habtoor, who stated:

“Today, I have kept and fulfilled my promise of rebuilding the Metropolitan Hotel to continue its legacy. The old Metropolitan had a very strong, loyal customer base. We look forward to welcoming them back at the new premises, where they will see the return of some of the best-loved outlets, and we look forward to welcoming new guests”.

Originally built in 1979, the Metropolitan Hotel was demolished in May 2013 along with The Red Lion English Pub (widely recognized as one of the oldest English pubs in Dubai) and the Don Corleone Italian Restaurant- all three monuments were popular attractions among holidaymakers to Dubai. Following the demolition, the site was used for the construction of Al Habtoor City- an urban resort destination featuring three hotels and luxury residential towers.

With the re opening of the Metropolitan Hotel, guests old and new will be pleased to learn that both the Red Lion Pub and the Don Corleone restaurant have been incorporated into the 320 room hotel. Other features in the new hotel include a state of the art gym, a spacious ballroom able to host up to 500 guests, a roof top swimming pool and a luxury spa.

The UAE has been seeking to diversify its economy away from the oil industry and as a result great emphasis has been placed on the tourism sector, which is currently poised for expansion. Dubai, the UAE’s largest city, is currently enjoying a boost to its tourism sector thanks, in part, to a recovery in the Russian rouble. Russia is one of Dubai’s key source markets and following a 68 and 31 per cent decline in the rouble in 2014 and 2015 respectively, arrivals from Russia were on the decline during this period. However, with the rouble up by 28 per cent this year, officials at Dubai Tourism have reported 177,000 Russian visitors to Dubai in the first 10 months of 2016- a figure representing an eight per cent increase year-on-year.

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