Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel on Palm Jumeirah Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel on Palm Jumeirah

Interior contracting firm Depa has signed interior fit-out contracts for two Dubai hotels – the new Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel on Palm Jumeirah and the refurbishment of Novotel World Trade Centre Hotel.

Combined, the two contracts are worth a total of AED144 million (US $39.2 million) to Depa.

"Depa is pleased to see the return of hospitality sector contracts and is excited to be involved with two leading brands. The fit-out work is already under way for the Novotel Hotel and we will begin shortly on the Kempinski,” said Depa interim group CEO Nadim Akhras.

“The new investment upswing in Dubai’s hospitality sector is broad-based, with activity rising across small- and large-scale projects. The contracting cycle has started to reach the interior fit-out phase and we are also witnessing numerous hotels wanting to refurbish."

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The fit-out contract for the Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel includes the engineering, manufacturing, delivery and installation for all guest rooms and public areas, including the business centre, ball rooms, lounge and all day dining spaces. The works will start immediately and the project is expected to be completed by late 2015.

Covering 100,000 square metres on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, it comprises 345 luxury rooms, including 36 suites, surrounded by gardens and views of a Lagoon. The private spaces, featuring golden and silver themes, are furnished with bespoke, handcrafted pieces courtesy of traditional Italian furniture craftsman Francesco Molon.

It also has 18 food and beverage outlets, luxury pool and spa facilities as well as a cinema and 3000 square metres of boutique shopping and business and conferencing facilities. The design concept by Leo International is inspired by 18th century continental Europe and the hotel’s interiors will reflect the era of Louis XV.

Meanwhile, Depa’s contract with Novotel World Trade Centre Hotel is for the refurbishment, fit-out, furniture and equipment of 412 guest rooms, lift areas, lobbies and corridors of the thirteen floor building. The project is due for completion by January 2015.