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1. Three new luxury eco-hotels will be open this year in the emirate of Sharjah, UAE, as part of the Sharjah Collection project. The hotels are being built in partnership of Mantis Hospitality and the Office for Investment and Development of the Emirate.

One of the facilities – Kingfisher Lodge in Khor Kalba – is already working in test mode. It consists of 25 luxurious tents in the desert area of Sharjah. According to Mantis, this is something like a “safari” for guests with a wellness spa located in a separate tent.

This year it is planned to launch two more facilities – Al Badayer Oasis Lodge with 19 rooms and 10 tents with several restaurants and an open-air cinema, and Fossil Rock.

2. One of the symbols of Dubai – the five-star hotel The Address Downtown – is rebuilt after the fire and begins to receive guests again.

After two and a half years, 220 rooms, as well as several restaurants and bars again invite guests. This was reported by the operator of the company Emaar Hospitality Group. The hotel has completely renovated the interior of the restaurant The Galliard, the steak house STK now offers a brunch. Also, the Neos Bar, famous for its panoramic views of the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, is re-opened. The cost of rooms in the hotel starts from 1000 dirhams (US $ 273) per night.

3. Another luxury hotel will open its doors in Dubai this year – the Canal Central Hotel in Business Bay.

The hotel provides 280 rooms and suites with views of the Dubai Canal and Burj Khalifa, as well as meeting rooms, a gym and spa, a panoramic swimming pool and a lounge for men and women.

The hotel will operate restaurants, including a 24-hour Marrakesh Restaurant, By The Bay – a poolside restaurant – Den Sports Bar and Majlis Lounge in the lobby. In Lilly’s Social House jazz evenings will be organized.

The operator of the hotel is Central Hotels, which currently manages First Central Hotel Suites in Barsha Heights.

This month, the company also intends to open another new luxury hotel – Royal Central The Palm, located on Palm Jumeirah.

In Dubai, the number of hotels continues to grow, the market still has a place for new luxury hotels. According to a recent report by Knight Frank, 57 percent of the hotels in the emirate are either four- or five-star. 49 percent of new hotel projects under development are also in the middle, upper and luxury segments.