UK-branded Dukes Dubai begins service after soft opening

Posted: 06-Jan-17 10:38

Located on the iconic Jumeirah Palm, the five-star Dukes Dubai is the UK brand’s first overseas property. After its soft opening which took place on 28th December, the hotel began operating in the first six floors and offering tasty dishes in its signature Great British Restaurant and Dukes Bar. Once completely finished, the venue will comprise 273 rooms, 277 hotel apartments and six terrific dining options.

UK-branded Dukes Dubai begins service after soft opening

Owners of Dukes London and other chic properties within the UK, the British brand Dukes just launched its first overseas project in the ultra-modern and buzzing city of Dubai.

On 28th December, Dukes Dubai began offering services to the public on the first six floors of the 15-floor hotel which should be completed in early 2017. The soft opening of this hospitality venue marks the expansion of this brand and is a tribute to the increasing number of British visitors and residents in the Emirate.

Once all final touches are in place and Dukes Dubai is ready to fully offer its accommodations and facilities, the five-star establishment will feature 273 rooms including 64 suites, with a ladies-only Liberty Duchess floor featuring 20 rooms, as well as 227 fully furnished hotel apartments and six dining options, comprising everything from British cuisine to tasty Indian fare. Located on the west trunk of Palm Jumeirah, the hotel also gives guests the chance of enjoying a portion of the beautiful man-made beach.

Dukes Dubai’s soft opening is a reflection of the destination’s growing popularity amongst British holidaymakers. In 2015 Dubai welcomed 1.2 million visitors from the UK, representing the emirate’s third largest source market. British nationals have not only increased as tourists in Dubai; approximately 240,000 UK nationals are currently estimated to be residing in the UAE.

Managing director of Dukes Dubai and Dukes London, Debrah Dhugga expressed how she expects this project to have a positive outcome amongst UK travellers and how the soft opening during the festive season will increase their chances of success:

“Dubai is an increasingly popular destination for travellers from the UK, especially during the Christmas and New Year period and having the opportunity to begin our soft opening period on 28th December, we didn’t hesitate to open our doors.”

In addition to all of the bedrooms on the sixth floor which became available with the soft opening, Abdulla Bin Sulayem, Seven Tides CEO, said hotel’s signature outlet Great British Restaurant (GBR) and Dukes Bar have also begun serving the public. Offering guests modern British brasserie-style cuisine, GBR will operate under the culinary direction of executive chef Martin Cahill. For a more informal affair, Dukes Bar serves light snacks and is famed for its signature selection of martinis. When the remainder of the property is ready, traditional Northern Indian restaurant Khyber, will also open its doors within the hotel marking the first international outpost for Mumbai-based family restaurant group.

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