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Mandarin Oriental Dubai to open in 2017

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group plans to open its first property in the UAE in Dubai, according to a top group executive.

The luxury resort, which will have 200 rooms and suites, will be located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeriah 3. It will also include 12 villas built over water, accessible by a bridge. Each villa will have a pool.

The Mandarin Oriental resort in Dubai is owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation and is being built by Wasl Hospitality. Its construction commenced earlier last year, and is scheduled to open by the second or third quarter of 2017, according to Christoph Mares, the group’s executive vice-president and operations director for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

Jumeirah Beach Road has recently seen the opening of the luxury Four Seasons Resort Dubai in October of last year, but Mares does not believe that the luxury segment of the hospitality market is saturated, yet. 

Mandarin Oriental, a Hong Kong-based luxury hotel investment and management group, has a global portfolio of 27 hotels across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and 18 projects in the pipeline, including one in Abu Dhabi, Marrakech, Riyadh and Kuwait.

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