Polytown Co Ltd, Ssangyong Engineering & Construction, Bilt Middle East, Al Khatib Cracknell, Swissboring Overseas Corporation Ltd, DEPA [Depa United Group PJSC], Hirsch Bedner Associates, Thomas Bell Wright International Consultants, Aluminium & Light In
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The 24 floor Grand Hyatt Dubai is one of the largest, grandest conference and convention centres in the Middle East. With 674 rooms and 4,340m² of conference space the Grand Hyatt Dubai seeks to create a new concept where business and leisure meet – world-class conference facilities set in the backdrop of a world-class resort.
The Grand Hyatt, which first opened in 2003, is located in Dubai – a gateway between Europe and Asia – and is very well placed for the attractions, amenities and business centres of Dubai. The hotel is just a ten minute drive (5 miles) from Dubai International Airport and five minutes from Dubai’s World Trade Centre. It is five minutes away from the Central Creek area and the Dubai Creek golf and yacht club, three miles from Sharjah City and Mamzar Beach and Park, six miles from the main shopping area, nine miles from Dubai Museum, and 12 miles from Jumeirah Beach.
One of the main aims of the Grand Hyatt is to provide world class conference and convention facilities. Over 4,340m² of function space is designed to support a variety of demands. There are two ballrooms, the Baniyas Grand, which can hold up to 2,000 guests and the Al Ameera, which holds up to 800. They are both served by state-of-the-art multimedia facilities.
11 meeting rooms for 15–100 people are complemented by two boardrooms which can host up to 12 people each for executive meetings.
Media support comes in the form of a 24-hour business centre with digital communications technology, private workstations and a dedicated, multi-lingual conference and convention services team that will provide simultaneous translation and secretarial services.
The Grand Hyatt Dubai also aims to be a world-class resort. The hotel combines luxury facilities with innovative design and architecture. The hotel features 14 restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre, tennis courts and a leisure garden. This is set amongst ambitious water features, waterfalls and tropical landscaped gardens, whilst overlooking the dramatic Dubai skyline.
International restaurants provide a wide culinary choice and include Lebanese, Italian, Singaporean, Vietnamese and Japanese. The restaurants are supported by 20 kitchens and more than 350 staff from all over the world. Restaurants include the Panorama Coffee Shop, and the Dhaba Restaurant (with heavy wood furniture and North Indian cuisine amid live folk dancing and singing). The hotel entertainment facilities also include Jimmy Jordan’s Iceberg Discotheque (an ice-themed disco).
DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION
Arkiteknik International, the project archtitects, designed the hotel based on a remit that sought a contemporary design that drew on traditional Arab culture. Built on a 37-acre site almost 18,000m³ of concrete and 20,000m² of glazing went into the construction. Other contractors carrying out work on the hotel included: Polytown Co Ltd (building and project management), Ssangyong Engineering & Construction (civil engineering), Bilt Middle East (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), Al Khatib Cracknell (landscaping architects), Swissboring Overseas Corporation Ltd (piling and foundations), DEPA [Depa United Group PJSC] (interior design and contracting), Hirsch Bedner Associates (hotel design), Thomas Bell Wright International Consultants (façade, curtain walling and cladding), Aluminium & Light Industries Co Limited (curtain wall and cladding). Over 4,000 builders and craftsmen have been employed since construction began.
There are 674 bedrooms in total, all featuring individual climate control, high speed modem points, digital phone lines and interactive TV with Internet as well as the usual amenities. While the majority of rooms are king and double rooms, the hotel also features 18 grand rooms, 22 junior suites, ten executive suites, seven prince suites and two royal suites.
Exclusive floors are home to the Regency Club featuring 134 rooms and suites with private lounge, family lounge and boardroom facilities. All of the hotel rooms feature minibars, complimentary bottled water, complimentary toiletries, bathroom telephones, hairdryers, individual climate control, and plasma screen cable TV. The hotel also offers 24/7 hour room service, 24 hour concierge assistance, dry cleaning, free weekday newspapers, currency exchange, babysitting, and 24 hour front desk service.
GRAND SPA LEISURE AND EXERCISE COMPLEX
The Grand Spa is the hotel’s leisure and exercise complex. Located on the ground floor of the hotel it includes treatment rooms, relaxation areas, juice bar, squash courts, gym facilities, squash courts and a 20m indoor lap pool.
In the four treatment rooms guests can receive a number of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments such as massage and reflexology. Visitors can also use jacuzzis, spa pools, saunas and steam baths.
The Grand Spa’s gym has a range of high-tech equipment that uses ‘smart key’ technology that monitors users’ fitness and progress. The equipment is supplied by Technogym and is the most advanced of its kind for fitness assessment. Tennis and squash courts can be used and there is a 450m running track that winds it way through the hotel’s grounds.
The 20m lap pool has an innovative underwater sound system and leads out onto a decked area where guests can relax on loungers in the tropical gardens. The complex also has a 584,000 gallon leisure pool for relaxation and separate children’s and toddler’s pools.