JW Marriott has supplanted the Rose Tower and opened the worldâ€™s tallest hotel building in the city-state of Dubai. Standing at 355 meters, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is just 26 meters shy of the Empire State Building. It houses a total of 7,500 square meters of indoor and outdoor event space, including two ballrooms, nine restaurants, as well as five bars and lounges. Guest roomsâ€”of which there are more than 800â€”have been decked out in neutral tones with the occasional splash of color, while higher classes of rooms and suites grant guests access to the hotelâ€™s executive lounge. Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star, may well set a new standard for Indian cuisine in Dubai, while Tong Thai will offer a blend of classics and street foodâ€“inspired dishes from the kingdom when it opens in the coming months. Take the elevator to Prime 68 for a high-end, high-altitude steak before absorbing panoramic views of the city from the 71st- and 72nd-story cocktail bar, Vault. If all this sounds a little vertiginous, the relatively grounded 7th-story pool deck is complemented by the Aqua Poolside Bar, and draws its inspiration from Miamiâ€™s South Beach.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay; Â 971-4/414-0000; doubles from US$250.