DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is
putting the finishing touches on its first property outside of
North America and the Caribbean, the Fairmont Dubai, which is set
to open Feb. 2.
The Fairmont Dubai occupies a portion of a 34-story building
constructed in the shape of a barajeel, an Arabic
windtower. It features 394 rooms, including 128 suites, and is
located in the city's business district.
The building, which also contains apartments and office space,
is connected to the Dubai World Trade Center by a pedestrian
The hotel is a collaboration between Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa
Al Nahyan, a leading figure in the United Arab Emirates, and
The two parties plan to develop Fairmont hotels elsewhere in the
Middle East and in other locations. The Dubai property is the first
in the partnership.
Toronto-based Fairmont has 38 hotels in North America and the
Caribbean, including the Plaza in New York, the Fairmont San
Francisco and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta,
Management said it believes the hotel's amenities will make it a
hit with business travelers. Videoconferencing facilities and DSL
links are available as well as a spa and a fitness center.
Dining options at the Fairmont Dubai include the Exchange Grill,
Bar & Cigar Lounge; the Cascades (open all day), and the
Spectrum on One, a 297-seat restaurant that has seven kitchens and
offers a variety of cuisines.
The Fairmont recently played host to a group of 122 travel
professionals and agents.
The hotel is offering a rate of $95 per night for agent bookings
during its first month of operation. Commission is 10%.
The promotional rate for consumers is $110 per night.
Fairmont appointed Michael Kaile general manager and vice
president of the property.
Kaile, who joined the Canadian hotelier in 1991, was previously
regional vice president and general manager of the Fairmont
Hamilton Princess in Bermuda.
Other appointments included Stephen Banks as regional sales and
marketing director and Kent Cooper as director of sales.
Banks was previously with Ritz-Carlton's Middle East operations,
and Cooper served at New York's Plaza.
For more information or reservations, call (800) 441-1414 or
visit Fairmont's Web site at www.fairmont.com.