Meliá Hotels International Will Open the Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah, Port de la Mer

Posted in News on 16 October, 2023

Port de la Mer is Dubai’s New Leisure and Events Top-destination.

With 17 hotels currently operating and seven more in the pipeline, the Gran Meliá brand continues to lead the group’s luxury openings in Europe and the Middle East.

Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah completes the Group’s exceptional Dubai hotel portfolio, where the brand has been present since 2018, first opening the Meliá Desert Palm, member of Meliá Collection, an exclusive resort with a polo field, amongst others.

Meliá Hotels International remains committed to luxury tourism, expanding its presence in Dubai by signing a new Gran Meliá property in Port de La Mer, a new luxury destination located in the Jumeirah One Beach area, one of the best areas in Dubai.

Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah, Port de la Mer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. All images are renderings.

Built directly on the seafront on a beautiful beach with white sand and turquoise water, Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah is a perfect example of a 360o urban resort, including all the attributes that leisure travellers expect to find, jointly with a privileged location close to the DIFC that makes it also attractive for the corporate and events segment.  It boasts a wide range of leisure and lifestyle options, with the taste of Mediterranean luxury that the Meliá brand conveys. The hotel’s excellence and experiences, spectacular location and the beauty of the architectural and landscape project (signed by  MOMA, desertINK & Lagranja)  help the Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah aspire to become the very definition of Mediterranean luxury and “good living”, perfectly representing the Gran Meliá brand throughout the region.

Located on one of Port de la Mer’s peninsulas, the Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah hotel will feature 380 luxurious rooms and suites with exclusive ocean and iconic city skyline views, standing out for its design and personalised services. The complex will also have direct marina access, event facilities to host up to 1,000 people and wellness and fitness facilities endorsed by first-class international partners. Regarding gastronomy, Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah aspires to be a reference in the city, inviting diners to enjoy a selection of the best experiences and brands in the world, with iconic restaurants and bars.

Gran Meliá Dubai Jumeirah will be the country’s first hotel of this brand, representing a milestone in its growing international expansion and scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2025. The brand is already present in 10 countries, bringing the concept of Spain’s lifestyle and its culinary avant-garde to the world’s leading destinations.  Gabriel Escarrer, President and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, proudly states that “the signing of this fantastic hotel gives us a new opportunity to demonstrate our proven excellence in Dubai’s luxury segment. Our Group is already firmly committed to this market. Port La Mer – Jumeirah is the perfect place to bring the exclusive interpretation of our iconic Gran Meliá brand’s Mediterranean luxury to a key market like Dubai.”

This new project is the result of the excellent and fruitful collaboration between Meliá Hotels International and Albwardy Investment LLC, the group that owns the hotel and with which Meliá Hotels International already manages 7 other properties including the Gran Meliá Arusha, Meliá Zanzibar, Meliá Collection Serengeti Lodge and the recent Meliá Collection Ngorongoro Lodge, all in Tanzania, in addition to the Gran Meliá Iguazu in Argentina, the Meliá Collection  London Kensington in the United Kingdom, and the Meliá Collection Desert Palm, also in Dubai. Moreover, Meliá and the Albwardy Group are also preparing a future opening in Seychelles, among others.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International has more than 400 hotels open or in the process of opening, in more than 40 countries, and a portfolio of ten brands: Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, ME by Meliá, The Meliá Collection, Paradisus by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, ZEL, INNSiDE by Meliá, Falcon’s Resorts by Meliá, Sol by Meliá, and Affiliated by Meliá. The Company is one of the world’s leading hotel chains in the leisure segment and its experience in this area has allowed it to consolidate itself in the growing market of urban hotels inspired by leisure. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led it to be recognised as the world’s most sustainable hotel in 2022 according to S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Meliá Hotels International is also part of the IBEX 35.

About Albwardy Investment LLC
Albwardy Investment made a successful foray into the hospitality industry over 20 years ago, and today boasts an impressive portfolio of 17 properties spanning four continents. Our portfolio includes a mix of acquired, refurbished, and new build properties, with our success attributed to strategic branding with some of the most distinguished and renowned international hotel chains and operators. Our hospitality sector currently comprises of 1,300 rooms, with an additional 1,100 rooms under development. Our robust presence in the industry has created employment opportunities for over 2,500 staff, with an additional 1,800 jobs created on our project sites.

Exciting developments are underway, including the newly opened iconic Ngorongoro Lodge– a member of the esteemed Melia Collection – and two other properties currently under construction: The Meliá Seafront Mahe Island and Gran Melia Dubai in Jumeirah. We are also in the process of renovating the recently acquired legendary Meikles Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe.

In addition to hotels, Albwardy Hospitality will be launching a new restaurant in Ethiopia named Marcus Addis in October 2023. Located on the 47th floor of the newly-built Ethiopian Commercial Bank building, this venture is a joint collaboration with the Marcus Samuleson Group. Furthermore, we own and operate The Desert Palm Polo Estate & Residences in Dubai as part of our lifestyle assets, and Safari Plus, our own airline in Tanzania.

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