24 - 26 MAY 2022



The next ‘world’s tallest hotel’ to open in Dubai by 2023


Image courtesy of The First Group.

Ciel will top out at 365-metres, beating the previous record

Despite the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, Dubai is still keen to maintain its reputation as one of the most ambitious and visually impressive cities in the world.

Though the modern emirate already holds the world record for the world’s tallest hotel, it is looking to outdo itself with a new property opening in 2023.

Gevora Hotel, on Sheikh Zayed Road, has held the crown of ‘world’s tallest’ since it opened in 2017. The hotel clocks in at 356.3 metres with 75 floors.

The world’s second tallest hotel is also in Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which is 355 metres and has 82 floors. While the two properties only have a one metre difference, the latest challenger will have almost 10 metres over its predecessors.

In comes Ciel, which will soar 365 metres into the sky, and be nine metres taller than Gevora Hotel (or around the height of two giraffes).

Developed by The First Group, the hotel will add to the Dubai Marina skyline. More than 11,800 cubic metres of concrete and in excess of 3,000 tonnes of steel are being used to construct the building’s foundations.

The hotel will be designed by architectural firm NORR in a Japanese style, featuring 1,042 guestrooms, including 150 suites. F&B venues will include all-day dining venue Sunset Lounge on the 75th floor, Horizon Bar on the 77th floor, Ciel Observatory & Lounge on the 81st and a rooftop Sky Terrace with a pool and bar. A luxury spa and health club will be located on the building’s 55th floor, offering impressive Marina views.

Reaching 82 floors, Ciel is the flagship development of The First Group’s fast-growing portfolio of hotels situated in prime locations across Dubai, which includes award-winning Wyndham Dubai Marina, Millennium Place Marina and TRYP by Wyndham Dubai.

The design won three prizes at the International Property Awards in December 2019, for Best International Hotel Architecture, Best Hotel Architecture Arabia, and Best High-rise Architecture Arabia.

“We are proud to mark this important milestone in the development of Ciel, which is set to become one of Dubai’s most iconic buildings and a landmark hotel of global significance,” said Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group.

“Ciel is The First Group’s 18th project in Dubai and our largest and most complex undertaking to date. This spectacular tower will truly be a jewel in the crown of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Ideally located in Dubai Marina, Ciel guests will enjoy world-class hospitality, F&B and entertainment facilities,” concluded Burns.


Story originally appeared in Hotelier Middle East, find the article here >