KEMPINSKI delay opening in Dubai due to crisis

Luxury hotel group Kempinski has delayed the opening of its Dubai hotel on Palm Jumeirah until 2013, although the attached residences will open as planned in July. The group has made the decision to delay the opening of the 253-room hotel due to the economic downturn, and the current oversupply of hotel rooms in Dubai.

However the residences section of the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah will still open as planned this summer, with residents having access to facilities including the gym and 1,200sqm outdoor pool. The complex also features five acres of landscaped gardens and 500 metres of private beach.

Kempinski already manages a Dubai property within the Mall of the Emirates. The group plans to open over ten new properties this year, including two hotels in India (Delhi and Chennai), and six in China (Shanghai, Sanya, Xiamen, Huizhou, Guiyang and Qingdao), plus properties in Jurmala (Latvia) and Moscow.

The Kempinski Hotel Bahrain City Centre is also scheduled to open this year, although the current unrest may affect these plans. A spokesperson said that “at the moment, the safety of our staff is paramount and takes absolute priority”.