Dubai's Zaha Hadid-designed hotel delayed until 2020

ME Dubai by Melia opening has been pushed back

ME Dubai by Meliá will open in Dubai in 2020. Courtesy Meliá Hotels International
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The much-anticipated ME Dubai by Melia will not open until 2020, according to the Spanish hotel brand.

Inaccurate media reports have this week stated that the hotel, which was designed by late architect Zaha Hadid, would open its doors later this month. But Enrique Ortiz, EMEA region vice president at Melia Hotels International, has confirmed to The National that the property will only debut in 2020.

The atrium of ME Dubai. Courtesy Melia Hotels International

Earlier this year, developer Omniyat announced that the hotel, which is located in The Opus in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa District, would be delayed until the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. It was originally scheduled to open in 2018.

Situated in Downtown Dubai, the property is the only hotel project for which Dame Zaha Hadid personally designed both the interiors and exteriors.

ME Dubai features flowing lines typical of Zaha Hadid's designs. Courtesy The atrium of ME Dubai. Courtesy Melia Hotels International

The design is now being brought to completion by Zaha Hadid Architects and, when complete, will have 93 rooms over 19 storeys, and boast the flowing lines and curves that are a signature of the Iraqi architect’s work.

ME by Melia hotels fuse design, art and music and are known for their bespoke services. Each guest receives a customised stay with local art and cultural experiences, as well as a taste of regional ingredients. ME Dubai will boast 15 restaurants and bars and will be pet-friendly, with four-legged friends receiving their own welcome packs at check-in.


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