Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

THE RE­GION’S LARGEST Hol­i­day Inn, tow­er­ing over Dubai Fes­ti­val city with 510 rooms, is due to open its doors on April 18.

To the right of the spa­cious lobby, topped with colour­ful ball chan­de­liers, is a small meet­ing area with nat­u­ral light which will tar­get train­ing ses­sions and dis­creet events and more meet­ing space is up­stairs on the Mez­za­nine level, in­clud­ing a board­room be­yond glass doors with pre-func­tion space.

To the left of the lobby, Zest will serve as a ‘life­style’ café space and be­yond is the large Sirocco all-day diner which is lined with com­fort­able seat­ing and can hold up to 240 guests. A lounge bar will open at a later date on the 19th top floor.

One key fea­ture is the walk­way con­nect­ing the ho­tel to the mall (due to open af­ter the ho­tel’s launch), pro­vid­ing shop­pers with a con­ve­nient pas­sage and a seam­less link with In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal and Crowne Plaza ho­tels. Hol­i­day Inn guests can sign their bills to their rooms when eat­ing in the up­scale and five-star ho­tels. An out­door pool of­fers Fes­ti­val City and Burj Khal­ifa views and in­side is a de­cent-sized gym with tread­mills and weights.

So­lar power will ac­count for around a third of en­ergy con­sump­tion at the ‘Green En­gage’ prop­erty.

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