By Neil Churchill

Dubai’s luxury hotel The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa will be renovated in 2013, a spokesman for the hotel has said.

The five-star resort, located on Jumeirah Beach, will see its guest rooms and food and beverage outlets refurbished, its director of business development has told Hotelier Middle East.

“This paired with a general refresh across the board will add to guest experience,” said Nicolas Villemin.

As well as accommodating 446 rooms and suites, the popular hotel also houses 14 restaurants and bars as well as sporting facilities.

At the start of the year Al Habtoor announced plans to demolish Dubai’s Metropolitan Hotel, also part of the Habtoor Group and one of the city’s oldest venues, and build in its place a new hotel complex.

The Habtoor Palace will have 1,600 rooms between three hotels, a Las Vegas-style theatre, several tennis courts, a massive garden and international food and beverage outlets when completed.

The $1.33 billion complex will comprise a five-level podium, one 36-storey tower and one 25-storey tower. The development is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016. More info

Neil Churchill