Burj Dubai project makes key debut

The Palace, The Old Town has opened its doors in The Old Town Island,
Downtown Burj Dubai, the flagship development by Emaar Properties.The Palace is managed by Sofitel Luxury Hotels and forms an integral
component of Emaar’s mega project. The luxury hotel offers direct views
of Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world and is surrounded by
the Burj Dubai Lake.

Jean-Philippe Bittencourt, general manager of The Palace, The Old Town,
added: ‘We are pleased to open at a time when much attention is being
focused on the Downtown Burj Dubai development and the emirate in
general.

‘As a unique luxury hotel within Downtown Burj Dubai, The Palace
combines the charms of an Arabian palace with the intimacies of home.
The hotel will appeal to leisure and business visitors alike and it is
our utmost priority to ensure that the needs and comforts of all our
guests are met. ’

The landmark hotel carries 242 beautifully appointed deluxe rooms,
including 81 suites all with balconies overlooking the lake or The Old
Town Island. Each floor is equipped with a 24 hour guest relations
station and a personal butler service has been assigned to every room to
ensure maximum luxury and privacy.

Three outstanding fine dining options feature at The Palace, each
boasting an unmatched cuisine and setting. The Argentine Grill, Asado
adopts a cavern-like interior style and hinges on the open grill
concept, where premium meat cuts are cooked at the centre of the
restaurant. Ewaan is located in the main lobby and is the all-day-dining
lounge that serves a Mediterranean buffet.

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In November 2007, The Palace’s signature fine dining restaurant,
Thiptara will open right out on the lake. Open exclusively for dinner
only, guests will sample the restaurant’s fine Royal Thai cuisine while
enjoying striking views of the Burj Dubai and lake.

The same month will see The Palace achieve another first for Sofitel
with the opening of the first LeSpa in the Middle East. The 1,000 square
metre spa accommodates separate facilities for men and women and will
offer guests of the hotel traditional Hammams, Monsoon showers,
specialised treatment suites, a gymnasium and Carita beauty salon and
barber shop.

The Old Town Island, primarily a residential development is an
attraction in itself offering a host of dining and entertainment
facilities for guests. Water taxis docked at the harbour frontage can
transport hotel guests to the Burj Dubai, the Souk Al Bahar - an
Arabian-influenced waterside shopping market and The Dubai Mall - one of
the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations.
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