Marriott International opened its new five-star hotel, JW Marriott Marquis, in Dubai in February 2013. Designed by Archgroup Consultants, the 72-storey building is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest hotel in the world at 355m.
JW Marriott Marquis, which is the 59th hotel under the Marriott International brand and the first opened outside North America, is owned by the Emirates Group and was built with an investment of $490m.
The tallest hotel in the world
JW Marriott Marquis is situated in the Business Bay district in Dubai, a prime location that is close to the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Dubai International Airport.
JW Marriott Marquis hotel design
The hotel includes two towers with 72 storeys occupying a total area of 3.75 million square feet. It features postmodern architectural style with the design of the two towers inspired by the trunk of a date palm tree.
The two towers are placed on a seven-storey podium, which includes all the public areas of the hotel, such as restaurants and the banquet hall. The terrace of the podium features swimming pools and a lawn.
Construction of Marriott International’s new hotel
Construction on the hotel started in February 2008 and the first tower was completed in January 2012, while the second was opened in April 2014.
The two towers are supported by a single 3.9m-thick raft erected on 1.2m diameter piles. Each tower features an oval-shaped central core with stability provided by internal lift and staircase walls. The podium is supported by 1.6m x 2.5m reinforced concrete columns. The slabs of the podium are supported by post-tensioned beams.
Facade of the tallest hotel building in the world
The hotel’s 134,000m² facade is covered with glass and aluminium. The glass used on the facade is a combination of high-performance glass and solar-control glass with double glazing.
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Saint-Gobain Glass India supplied the high-performance glass brands, Nano and COOL-LITE, for the building. The Nano glass is used as vision glass and COOL-LITE is used for the exterior walls of the building.
The high-performance glasses effectively guard against the outside heat and help to maintain the temperature within the hotel. The Nano glass has a light transmission capacity of 35% and low internal reflection. The glass, therefore, allows the right amount of light into the building, while also providing beautiful views of the exteriors.
Facilities offered at Dubai’s new hotel
The first tower has 684 rooms and 120 suites and the second tower has 804 suites and rooms in addition to a lounge, which will be opened through the year, adding up to a total of 1,608 rooms and suites. The second tower also features a two tier function space in the 72nd floor.
Identifying a gap in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market, the hotel has incorporated a large event space. The hotel features 8,500m² of indoor and outdoor space, which includes two ballrooms, 24 meeting rooms and outdoor terraces. The event space can accommodate around 1,000 people.
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai features a number of restaurants, including steakhouse Prime 68, Japanese restaurant Izakaya, Indian Rang Mahal by Atul Kochha, Thailand-themed Tong Thai, and Kitchen 6, which offers all day dining, buffets and living cooking stations.
The hotel also features a number of bars, including the Vault on the 71st and 72nd floors, which offers stunning views of the city and features a private cigar room, wine bar Kork, coffee house and bakery La Farine and the Aqua Poolside Grill and Bar.
The hotel also features a 4,000m² Saray Spa and Health Club, offering a range of spa treatments. A fully equipped fitness centre and outdoor pool are also available to guests.
Brookfield Multiplex was the main contractor for the project. Other contractors included LW Design Group (interior design), Kardoff (lighting), Finex (spa design), Green Scapes Landscape (landscaping), MFT (façade), BG&E, MEPS, Thyssenkrupp, Al Mansoor Contracting and All Bright Electrical.