Boutique hoteliers beat a path to Dubai’s door

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Dubai is more famous for the creation of hotels that tower towards the sky than for intimate establishments of the boutique variety. But that is about to change with the creation of a 128-room in the city’s financial district, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFV).

News of the hotel was revealed by Brett Schafer, CEO for DIFC Properties in an interview with Construction Week, which is published by ITP, the Dubai-based parent company that owns Boutique Hotelier. The project is valued at $68 million.

"We think we are doing the first so-called boutique hotel in Dubai, so that’s a niche,” Schafer disclosed.

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No details were given about the hotel’s owner or which brand under which it will be launched, but Schafer did hint that several more boutique hotels could be opened within DIFC, thanks to its premium cluster of affluent workers who demand the finest hospitality.

“There’s huge demand, we have boutique hotel operators, some of the best in the world, none of which are in Dubai … stampeding over each other to [get in] and what better location can you have than that?” he said.

“It’s tied into the Gate Village, so it will be connected to that, [with] all the restaurants we have like Zuma, Roberto’s …so it’s a slam dunk from that perspective," he added.

“We expect to make an announcement on that within the next few months, with a view that when we get it approved, we’ll then launch the design,” he added.

 

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