Top 10 GCC hotel renovations underway
The hottest hotel redevelopments currently taking place in the region
1) Pullman Deira City Centre
Formerly The City Centre Hotel in Dubai, the entire refurbishment and full rebranding to Pullman Deira City Centre is already well underway. The first stage of the rebranding to become a Pullman Hotel - Accor’s upscale hotel brand - will be completed by the third quarter of 2012.
2) Sheraton Doha
One of the oldest hotels in Qatar – the Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel – embarked on an “extensive” two-year renovation programme in October 2011, in a bid to keep up with the increasingly competitive hotel scene in Doha.
3) Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina in Dubai will be closed to hotel guests until October, while it undergoes an extensive refurbishment. In addition to the refined new lobby décor, it will be introducing the latest Le Méridien brand concepts, which include the Latest Recipe restaurant along with The Hub and Latitude Bar.
4) Crowne Plaza Dubai-Deira
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) took over management of the former Renaissance property from Marriott in March last year and embarked on a multi-million renovation, backed by owner Dubai's Almulla Group.
5) Boutique 7
Dubai's Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites is undergoing an AED 20 million ($5.44 million) refurbishment which will include the introduction of balcony hot tubs and a new night club among other facilities. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
6) Le Méridien Al Aqah
Le Méridien Al Aqah in Fujairah is undergoing a complete rooms renovation, at a cost of AED 20 million (US $5.45 million), which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
7) The Nile Ritz-Carlton
The US $90 million contract was awarded to Arabian Construction Company in February for the extensive refurbishment of The Nile Ritz-Carlton as part of its conversion from the former Nile Hilton. The revamp will include interior finishing, mechanical electrical works and plumbing.
9) Al Faisaliah
The Rosewood Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, is overhauling all its restaurants at the end of 2012, in a bid to ramp up its reputation as the number one gourmet destination in Saudi Arabia.
10) Sheraton Cairo
Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers & Casino closed for an extensive renovation in November 2011. The hotel is expected to reopen at the "end of summer 2012".