Dubai: The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai on Shaikh Zayed Road, which was demolished in May 2013 to make way for Al Habtoor City, is making a comeback. The hotel is set to reopen its doors to guests this quarter, Al Habtoor Group said in a statement on Sunday. The original Metropolitan Hotel was built in 1979. It was replaced by Al Habtoor City, a development incorporating three five-star hotels and three luxury residential towers.
The new Metropolitan Hotel Dubai will, however, open in a new location on Shaikh Zayed Road, near Exit 41 (Al Thanya Street). The four-star property will have 320 contemporary rooms including 18 suites, and a gym, rooftop swimming pool and spa. Guests will also have access to the pool and beach facilities at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, according to the company statement.
The original Metropolitan Hotel was the Al Habtoor Group’s first foray into the hospitality industry and was one of just a handful of hotels in the city at that time.
“The success of the hotel has helped our hospitality assets grow over the years in unison with the economy of the UAE,” Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of Al Habtoor Group, said in a statement.
Al Habtoor Group’s hospitality unit incorporates seven hotels in the UAE including the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai; The Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection; The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah; The St. Regis Dubai and W Dubai — Al Habtoor City, among others. Its international portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Budapest; InterContinental Budapest; Hilton London Wembley; Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection, Vienna; and The Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand, among others.