Luxury Fairmont The Palm resort opens in Dubai

AED 1.2 billion development is IFA Hotels & Resorts' first Dubai hotel

The new 381 room, AED 1.2 billion (US $330 million), five-star beach front Fairmont The Palm hotel.
The new 381 room, AED 1.2 billion (US $330 million), five-star beach front Fairmont The Palm hotel.

Developer IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR) opened the Fairmont The Palm hotel on The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on Saturday.

The AED 1.2 billion (US $330 million) five-star resort comprising 381 rooms is the developer's first to open in Dubai.

The hotel also includes 460-metres of beachfront, 2200 m² of meeting and conference facilities, a 1600m² spa and seven food and beverage outlets. It forms part of a larger AED 2.25 Billion ($616million) development that will include 562 luxury apartments, bringing the total number of rooms to 957.

“As the largest foreign investor on the Palm Jumeirah, it is fitting that this landmark hotel is our first to become operational in Dubai. Led by the vision of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum we are committed to furthering Dubai’s position as a thriving tourist destination. The opening of Fairmont The Palm signifies our first contribution to Dubai’s hospitality landscape,” said chairman and CEO of IFA Hotels & Resorts Talal Jassim Al-Bahar.

The hotel features 10 floors of rooms and suites primarily laid out in a unique dual let format with a common entry door to two rooms.

Each guest room features a five-fixture bathroom with bathtub and separate walk-in shower and is equipped with the latest in entertainment and communication systems including high speed internet access and 40-inch interactive LED TVs.

President of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Jennifer Fox said: “we are extremely excited to add Fairmont The Palm to our list of global destinations. Fairmont first partnered with IFA Hotels & Resorts in 2008 when the award-winning Fairmont Zimbali Lodge in South Africa joined our collection. Our relationship expanded further in 2010 with the opening of the Fairmont Zimbali Resort and we look forward to offering guests our award-winning hospitality at this unique location.”

Fairmont The Palm is also set to contribute to the island’s cultural scene with arrangements underway for Sounds of Fairmont – an international music series featuring EMI artists – to take place in early 2013.

Previous Sounds of Fairmont performers have included Colin James, The Barenaked Ladies, Keith Urban, Corinne Bailey Rae, Matt Nathanson and Glass Tiger.

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