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2013 Is Shaping Up To Be a Pretty Good Year For UAE Hotels

November 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

Things are most definitely not slowing down over in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. After announcements on forthcoming hotels by Le Bristol and the budget-oriented Ibis, it looks like the 395-room Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi is now taking rezzies for stays beginning on Jan 1, 2013. Whoopie!

Marriott's luxury brand already has quite a strong presence in neighboring Dubai, with two properties—the beachfront Ritz-Carlton Dubai Marina (which happens to be undergoing some major renovation/expansion work), and the snazzy Ritz-Carlton DIFC—attracting plenty of luxury-seekers in an already luxury-saturated market. But further down Sheikh Zayed Road, this will be Ritz-Carlton's first Abu Dhabi location.

But that's not all! Read on to find out about more UAE openings coming up around the corner!

Also opening this winter will be the 273-room St Regis Abu Dhabi, which will be located beside the Federal National Council, the Supreme Court and the Ministries area, according to the hotel's website. St Regis is obviously the go-to brand for hotel butler lovers, and as our friends at Conde Nast Traveler showed last month, no one does around-the-clock service quite like the UAE.

And speaking of Dubai, there's some major news going on there as well. Specifically, at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which is officially open as of today. The tallest hotel in the world will continue rolling out more phases of its opening (don't forget, the hotel is comprised of two towers, and right now, only one of those towers is open to guests) through February, when the grand opening will take place.

So if the UAE has been on your list for a while, now is looking like a pretty good time to go check out the scene. And if you need a few more hotel recs, don't forget to check our handy hotel guide for Dubai virgins. Sigh. We remember when it was our first time...

[Photo: Ritz-Carlton]

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