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The Delano Says "Sorry Vegas, We're Headed to Dubai"

September 5, 2008 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

Well, folks, it was only a matter of time, we suppose: Morgan's Hotel Group is following all the other hip, savvy hoteliers expanding to real estate hotspot Dubai.

News of the Delano Dubai -- expected to open in 2012 -- was released today. The details:

Delano Dubai will be located at the epicenter of the Dubai Waterfront. The project is expected to consist of a three-building complex overlooking the iconic Palm Jebel Ali, with panoramic views of the Persian Gulf, the open spaces of the waterfront and beachfront parks.

We're guessing the company needed something to do after the Las Vegas project was infinitely delayed.

The hotel will have around 200 guest rooms and 100 "branded residences," with a restaurant, bar and spa and access to a luxury retail plaza. Adjacent to that building will be a 44-story tower with 360 residences that feature "hotel services."

The big, showy feature? A giant cabana bar built into the pier with a dock for boats or gondolas that whisk guests away guests to a floating saltwater pool, the first of its kind in Dubai.

We can't necessarily say we're surprised that boutique chain Morgans is seizing the opportunity to go totally over-the-top in a city known for it's totally ridiculous, lavish-as-anything hotels.

We're psyched to see renderings soon -- and we're wondering how similar the property is going to look to the Delano Miami (shown above).

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