Al Habtoor marks the end of Metropolitan era

Closing ceremony held at landmark Dubai property to say farewell

The Metropolitan's replacement - the Habtoor Palace
The Metropolitan's replacement - the Habtoor Palace

A closing ceremony was held at the Metropolitan hotel on March 7, to mark the end of the landmark Dubai property, which was opened in 1978.

The 179-room Al Habtoor hotel, which also includes 63 furnished apartments, is to be demolished in June to make way for a new hotel – one of three planned by the group.

Khalaf Al Habtoor, chairman of the Al Habtoor Group, said that, while he was “personally very sad”, the company had to “ grow with the country as the country grows economically – we have to support the growth, and we have to promote the country.”

He added: “We had two choices – one choice to grow, and one choice to stay as we are. I think we choose the right one. I think all from the UAE and most of you – European, Asian or English – who live in this country are all one family and we have to push and support my country in progressing.”

Playing at the closing ceremony was a band comprised of musicians who played in the hotel’s Rattlesnake and Red Lion bands in the 1980s.

The new replacement hotel will be part of a $1.33 billion complex which also includes a theatre and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

 

For all the latest hospitality news from UAE, Gulf countries and around the world, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page.

Most Popular

Newsletter