Emirates renames first city hotel

Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first city-based hotel, Emirates Marina Hotel &
Residence has been re-named The Harbour Hotel & Residence.
The 52-storey luxury property, a USD 141 million investment for Emirates
Airline’s luxury hotel division, formally opened its doors in November
2007. The re-branding which officially took effect at the start of the year
will be applied to all communication channels, external signage and
operational items over the next few months.

Located at the gateway to the Dubai Marina, The Harbour Hotel & Residence
boasts easy access to Dubai’s prime leisure and commercial districts. The
Marina boulevard teeming with cafes, shops, and entertainment facilities;
the popular Jumeirah beach; and the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai’s most
fashionable mall are within easy reach, as are prime commercial centres,
Dubai Internet City; Dubai Media City; and Jebel Ali Free Zone.


Tony Williams, Vice President, Emirates Hotels & Resorts said: “Since 2005
when we first announced our plans to develop a city-based hotel at the
Dubai Marina, the waterfront development has been at the centre of a
construction boom with many new projects being branded under the name
‘Marina’. The presence of several Marina-branded properties is likely to
cause confusion among first-time visitors.”



“Re-branding our property as The Harbour Hotel & Residence allows us to
maintain a distinct, individual identity while at the same time retains the
essence of the Marina waterfront development in the hotel’s name.”


“We have communicated the re-branding campaign to our partners in the
travel industry, and are currently assisting them to update their
promotional material,” added Tony.


The Harbour Hotel & Residence features 261 large suites offering choices of
24 spacious studio rooms, six one-bedroom, 170 two-bedroom and 55
three-bedroom suites, as well as six penthouses. Ideal for Dubai’s frequent
visitors that have both business and leisure, and even family travel
requirements, the suites are equipped with luxury fittings and separate
lounge and dining areas.


The hotel offers innovative approaches in its restaurant concepts. Counter
Culture is a street-level, New York style Deli, Coffee Bar and Bakery
rolled into one. The Mediterranean style restaurant, Az.u.r, features menus
with a variety of organic dishes, as well as health and diet produce. The
Observatory, the hotel’s flagship restaurant located on the 52nd level and
due to open later this year, is an international, slightly avant garde
restaurant. A place to see and be seen, the restaurant offers arguably the
most stunning views of the Gulf, Palm Jumeirah, and Dubai Marina.


The Harbour Hotel & Residence is part of Emirates Hotels & Resorts, the
airline’s premier hospitality management division containing a portfolio of
luxury conservation-based resorts and spas. These include the award-winning
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in the desert hinterland of Dubai; Wolgan
Valley Resort & Spa in Australia; and Cap Ternay Resort & Spa in the


The expanding portfolio of Emirates Hotels & Resorts includes its next
major opening -The Green Lakes Serviced Apartments due to open in May 2008.
Located within the Jumeirah Lakes Towers, this property will feature 283
fully-serviced apartments with views over the Emirates Hills’ golf club.