Earlier this month, Marriott revealed that it would no longer operate Al Habtoor's Polo Resort and Club. The global operator has now said it will be handing over the operations of three hotels -The St Regis Dubai, W Dubai Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City- back to the Habtoor Group by July 31.
Marriott International and Al Habtoor Group said they have agreed these hotels will no longer be part of the St Regis, W Hotels and Westin Hotels global brand portfolios.
When the hotels first opened, it was Dubai’s first St. Regis, the UAE’s first W hotel and the largest Westin in the Middle East. The hotels collectively offer nearly 1,600 rooms, 18 restaurants and lounges, two spas, 34 meeting and banqueting spaces and three ballrooms.
Arabian Business revealed that this is a mutual decision reached amicably between the parties, a statement said, adding that the management of these hotels will be transferred to the owning company.
"The parties are working closely together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for associates, clients and partners," the statement said.
Construction on the Al Habtoor City Complex began in 2013, and it was two years later that the ambitious project began to see returns, with The St. Regis Dubai being the first venue at the complex to open its doors at the end of 2015.