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Metropolitan Hotel Makes a Comeback: Al Habtoor Group Revives Dubai’s ‘Favourite Hotel’


The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai is set to open its doors to in the fourth quarter of 2016 courtesy of Al Habtoor Group. The original Metropolitan Hotel, which was built in 1979, was demolished in May 2012 to make way for Al Habtoor City, a landmark development incorporating three five-star hotels, three luxury residential towers along the upcoming Dubai Water Canal.

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman, Al Habtoor Group said, “We look forward to welcoming our first guests. When we demolished The Metropolitan Hotel I promised our loyal customers that I would rebuild the hotel. Three years on I have fulfilled that promise, and we look forward to receiving both new and old customers to the premises.”

The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai will reopen in a new location on Sheikh Zayed Road near Exit 41 (Al Thanya Street). The four-star property has 320 contemporary rooms including 18 Suites, and state of the art leisure facilities including a well-equipped gym, a rooftop swimming pool and beautifully appointed spa. Guests will also have access to the pool and beach facilities at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection a short drive away.

The hotel will see the return of old favourites The Red Lion, a traditional English pub, and Don Corleone, an authentic Italian eatery. It will also be home to Al Safa, an all-day dining concept serving global cuisine, Al Sheif Shisha Lounge serving Arabic cuisine, and Tropicana, a pool bar. 

Sanjay Luthra, General Manager of the Metropolitan Hotel said, “The revival of the hotel and some of the outlets will contribute to its success. The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai is situated in one of the most sought-after locations on Sheikh Zayed Road. It is in the center of the city. It is not just a hotel; it is a home away from home. The Red Lion was a much-loved institution with a loyal customer base. The bar that you see in the pub today is the same one from the previous hotel. It is part of history in Dubai.”

He added, “Dubai is saturated with luxury hotels. The Metropolitan Dubai is a four-star hotel offering great value.”

Guests can choose from a selection of room types including Premium Rooms, Premium Plus for up to three people sharing, Family Rooms for up to four people, Junior Suites, Premium Suites, and Ambassador Suites.

The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai is the perfect place to host events in one of the region’s busiest cities. The beautifully appointed Al Shindagah Ballroom can accommodate up to 500 guests. The hotel can also accommodate various functions in any of its five meeting rooms including corporate meetings, product launches, cocktail parties and gala dinners.

The hotel has developed its own rewards program, called Loyal, which guests can use throughout the Group’s hotels and outlets. 

The original Metropolitan Hotel was the Al Habtoor Group’s first foray into the hospitality industry and was one of just a handful of hotels in the city at that time.

Al Habtoor said, “We have come a long way since 1979. We are proud to bring back the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai. The success of the hotel has helped our hospitality assets grow over the years in unison with the economy of the UAE. Our hotels have earned a solid reputation around the world and help attract people to the city.” 

The Al Habtoor Group’s hospitality unit incorporates seven hotels in the UAE including the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai; The Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection; The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah; The St. Regis Dubai; W Dubai – Al Habtoor City; The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City; and The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. The Group’s international portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Budapest; InterContinental Budapest; Hilton London Wembley; Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection, Vienna; President Abraham Lincoln Springfield, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel; The Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Hotel.