The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai, one of the emirate’s first, is set to re-open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The original Metropolitan Hotel, which was built in 1979, was demolished in May 2013 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 ande the four-star property will feature 320 rooms including 18 suites.

Facilities will include a gym, a rooftop swimming pool and spa while 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 Italian eatery. It will also be home to Al Safa, an all-day dining concept, 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… It is not just a hotel; it is a home away from home.”

Source: Arabian Business