World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai
Dubai’s skyline is constantly rising higher and higher, and a new hotel on the horizon is making waves for being the tallest hotel in the world. We find out more about the newly opened Gevora Hotel.
Scraping the sky in Dubai
A new hotel that lays claim to being the tallest in the world opened recently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The city, already known for its impossibly vertical skyline, is home to a number of high profile hotels that have previously held the crown for the world’s tallest hotel. The former title-holder was the JW Marriott Marquis, but the new Gevora Hotel, which stands at a towering 356m high, is only one meter higher than its predecessor. This was clearly a shrewd move on the part of the architects, hoteliers and developers to make headlines with this extra height. The Gevora is located beside the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana hotel, which, at one time, was also the world’s tallest hotel at 333m. This was before the Marriott Marquis opened, stealing the crown from the Rose Rayhaan. And it’s not only hotels that scrape the sky in Dubai, but also a mixed-use development that since 2008 has retained the title of “tallest building in the world”; the residential, commercial and retail skyscraper the Burj Khalifa, which measures an incredible 829.8m. This makes it nine times the height of famous British landmark Big Ben.
The height of luxury
The Gevora Hotel is not only the highest hotel in the world, but it also offers guests the height of luxury. Spread over 75 floors, the hotel welcomes guests through solid gold revolving doors, announcing the luxurious setting that they can expect from the rest of the property. Dubai is known for its exaggerated exuberance, and the Gevora will not disappoint. With a total key-count of 528 guest rooms and suites, visitors to the hotel will stay in generously proportioned rooms, the smallest deluxe suite measuring 46m2 and the largest two-bedroom suite will cover an area of 85m2. Not only this, but the hotel will also boast luxury spa and wellness facilities on the 71st floor so that guests can truly relax and pamper themselves with spectacular views out over the surrounding area. The entirety of the 12th floor will be dedicated to a health club that includes male and female gyms and other state of the art fitness facilities. Guests can also indulge in the swimming pool on the roof deck. Although the Gevora will be a dry hotel, it nevertheless claims to “boast the best of Middle Eastern hospitality and exclusivity”. The new hotel will no doubt be aimed towards providing lodging for the prospective 20 million visitors per year by 2020, when it will host the Expo 2020, a contemporary world fair.
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