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Zaha Hadid-designed ME by Meliá to debut in Dubai by Q4 2018

Spanish hotel brand ME by Meliá will make its Middle East debut by the end of 2018 as the newest lifestyle hotel in Dubai’s Business Bay district

ME by Meli will be located within The Opus in Business Bay.
ME by Meli will be located within The Opus in Business Bay.

Spanish hotel brand ME by Meliá will make its Middle East debut by the end of 2018 as the newest lifestyle hotel in Dubai’s Business Bay district.

Designed by Dame Zaha Hadid in partnership with Dubai-based luxury developer Omniyat, the hotel will be located within The Opus mixed-use building, also designed by the late architect.

ME by Meliá is the only hotel project where Hadid personally designed all of the interiors and exteriors, specifically conceived to display the architect’s vision of ‘interconnectedness’ throughout the project.

ME Dubai will consist of 93 rooms and suites across 19 floors, including 98 serviced apartments and an exclusive room dubbed the ‘Suite ME’.

READ: The Opus to be handed over in October

The property will feature dramatic, signature furniture in the lobby, vertical café, lounges and reception area, which were either designed or personally selected by Hadid.

The luxury, five-star hotel is expected to become a leading destination for entertainment in Dubai’s Business Bay district, spanning across 6,000 square feet of leasable area.

Mahdi Amjad, founder and CEO of Omniyat said: “We are scheduled to open the hotel by the fourth quarter of next year,” he said, adding that it will host a wide range of F&B outlets which the developer has also begun leasing out.”

The hotel will offer 15 restaurants, including ROKA, the London-based contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant.

READ: Site visit: The Opus by Omniyat, Dubai

The interior of ROKA Dubai was designed in a collaboration by Rainer Becker and Japanese designer, Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo’s Studio Glitt.

Gabriel Escarrer, vice chairman and CEO, at Meliá Hotels International, said: “We are incredibly excited to open ME Dubai, our first property in the Middle East, in partnership with Omniyat to bring Zaha Hadid’s vision to life.

“We’re confident that our unwavering commitment to exemplary service, coupled with Zada Hadid’s remarkable design and ROKA’s sumptuous cuisine will make for an unparalleled experience for our guests in Dubai.”

Omniyat announced in September 2017 that the fit out contract had been awarded to Plafond, a fit out, MEP, and facilities management specialist based in Dubai.

ME by Meliá has hotel branches in Miami, Milan, London, Ibiza, Mallorca, Madrid and Cabo, with upcoming openings in Sitges in 2018 and Barcelona in 2019.

Ominyat began hand over of The Opus during the fourth quarter of 2017, after ten years of development.  Along with the hotel, the building includes luxury residences, commercial office space, F&B outlets, and nightclub.

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