l Khoory Group, a UAE national family-owned diversified business conglomerate, has announced the opening of its new hotel property, Khoory Sky Garden, at the heart of Deira in Dubai.
With 279 spacious rooms and suites with premium amenities and interconnecting facilities, Al Khoory Sky Garden is an ideal hotel in the middle of the central business district in Deira which also features four food and beverage outlets including an all-day dining facility, spa, gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, kids club, games room, a large ballroom and three meeting rooms.
It is located on a plot of land where Al Khoory Group had started its business operations around 50 years ago – the year the UAE Federation was formed.
The Emirati conglomerate has interests in real estate, automotive, equipment trading, engineering consultancy services, environment, waste management, tourism and hospitality sectors.
The location where the hotel stands, used to be known as ‘Port Saeed’ area that stretches to the bank of Dubai Creek – walking distance from the then Al Khoory Group office and yard, where wooden merchant boats used to transport goods to and from India’s economic gateway Mumbai, Pakistan’s Port of Karachi, Bandar Abbas in Iran and other harbours in the GCC region.
Dubai Creek and Port Saeed used to provide the economic lifeline to Dubai – then a trading outpost – before Port Rashid in Shindagha became a major harbour.
The merchant wooden boats still ferry goods to and from the berthing space in Dubai Creek, next to Al Maktoum Bridge where Dubai Customs has its operations. Dubai’s economic landscape started to expand on both sides of Dubai Creek due to hectic trading activities.
Group Vice-Chairman Abdullah Khoory said: "The opening of the Al Khoory Sky Garden Hotel coincides with the UAE National Day and it reflects our strong commitment to the UAE economy and especially the tourism industry."
"Our family has a strong emotional attachment to this particular plot of land where my father established our family business fifty years ago. We still have fond memories that dates back to the formative years of the UAE – with less vehicles on the semi-paved roads – when many modern amenities that we take for granted, was a luxury," he added.-TradeArabia News Service