In February 2018, Dubai has once again topped the world with the introduction of Gevora Hotel, the new title holder for the tallest hotel in the world.
Whenever we think of Dubai, the first few things that come to mind are sunny beaches, luxurious cars, and really, really tall buildings. Apart from the Burj Khalifa which poses itself as the tallest building in the world, the JW Marriot Marquis Dubai Hotel holds the title of the tallest hotel in the world at a height of 355 metres since its inception in February 2013. That is, however, the case until a new challenger emerged from the ground. In February 2018, Dubai has once again, bested the whole world as they introduced the new title holder for the tallest hotel in the world – the Gevora Hotel.
The Gevora stands majestically at a height of 356 metres, just a meter taller than its predecessor; BUT a win is still a win. To further rub salt to their wounds, both hotels are located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, also known as the longest road in the United Arab Emirates. Al Attar Group is now able to hold the award from the Guiness Book of World Records, as they have invested up to 500 million dirhams (US$1.36 billion) and four years of development to complete this project.
The hotel consists of 75 storeys (with a whopping 3,859 stairs) altogether overlooking the beautiful scenery of sunny beaches and luxurious cars. The lift travels at a roller coaster speed of 16mph so you’ll get to the top within 38 seconds. Here’s a tip for you: you can stop at the 71st floor to capture a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline through their viewing gallery.
Upon entering the hotel, you’re greeted by a golden revolving door, with its colour scheme that’s also reflected on the exterior by the facade of gold-tinted glass and the golden beams forming its pointy top showcasing its royal status. The gold detailing would be easy to spot in the interior as it shines among the lobby’s white tiles and walls.
After checking in with the receptionist, you’ll then be escorted by a butler to one of the hotel’s 528 suites. These rooms are surprisingly affordable for a hotel who achieved such heights with rates starting at an affordable rate of US$150 per night and going up to US$550 for the most deluxe suits, with the smallest of these rooms at 46 square meters. However, despite the building’s height, it couldn’t claim the title of the highest hotel room in the world, as it takes a minor defeat to Hong Kong’s Ritz Carlton hotel.
The quality of the hotel’s facilities complements the building design in giving their patrons a world class experience. On the 12th floor, you can find a health club with sauna and steam rooms, an outdoor pool deck, and a hot tub. If you prefer a more exquisite view, you can also check out the spa on the 71st floor.
Meanwhile, they also offer a variety of culinary offerings from the five restaurants within the hotel, including Gevora Kitchen which offers an all-day international buffet; Level Twelve which showcases Middle Eastern cuisine; and Highest View Restaurant where you can enjoy Arabian cuisine and shisha that’s located, as its name goes, on the roof of the skyscraper, so you can literally scrape your food in the sky. Interestingly, the hotel does not serve alcohol unlike most of their competitors. Instead, they have a coffee and cake shop to visit anytime.
Of course, if you ever plan a trip there, don’t just cocoon yourself in the hotel even though it’s so marvellous to be staying in and looking over the city. Go out and experience what the city has to offer too! Stepping outside to the city-state of Dubai, you’ll find endless entertainment all around you. Major attractions there include scaling the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest tower in the world; conquer the Big Red, the biggest sand dune in Dubai; or even spend some time jet skiing while taking in a picturesque view of Dubai’s skyline from a very different angle.
Ultimately, don’t just read all about it, go and experience it for yourself. Contact Gevora Hotel and book your stay!
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