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July 6, 2009

Ritz-Carlton Dubai plans expansion

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai has plans to extend with a new development focusing on meeting the needs of corporate event planners in Dubai.

A six-storey extension, being built directly onto the current 138-room five-star hotel, will include 150 rooms, a ballroom capable of accommodating 600 persons, more meeting facilities, a new restaurant and a 13-treatment-room spa.

“We hope to start expansion this year. It will take two years to complete. The extension will enable us to offer more flexible meeting space. People want some creativity with their meetings and the additional spa offering will enable us to provide spa treatments during meeting coffee breaks,” Andrew Nasskau, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, told meetme.

At present, the hotel only caters to small meetings – for up to 50 persons – but is also looking into the option of obtaining a tent to provide an alternative meetings venue. “We are looking for something different,” Nasskau confirmed.

Other plans for the hotel include developing a chef’s garden as part of the property’s push to be more environmentally friendly. Other eco-friendly options include the use of waste water for irrigation, the use of low energy light bulbs, active recycling initiative, and the use of ‘ecowood’ – compressed plastic – for garden fencing. For meetings delegates, the hotel also provides recycled paper.

As the economic downturn takes a grip on the Dubai market, the hotel is taking a holistic approach to its meetings sales process.

“We are actively going out to clients now. Everyone gets involved – the chef, concierge, rooms division – and they act as meetings consultants,” Nasskau explained.

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