By Bindu Suresh Rai

If Dubai is referred to as skyscraper city, then this concrete jungle has earned its title with panache.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Architectural marvels are peppered around the emirate, ruling majestically from dizzying heights, while the infrastructure grows at a rapid pace in their monolithic shadows.

Was it a surprise then the announcement came that the world’s tallest hotel will find its way to our shores?

At a height of 355 meters, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will overtake Rotana’s Rose Rayhaan, which stands tall at 333m, to become the largest dedicated hotel tower in the world when it opens its doors in the fourth quarter of 2012.

For those looking for some perspective, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will stand tall a mere 26m shy of the Empire State Building in New York.

The 1,608-room juggernaut will open in two phases, with the first section featuring 804 rooms and numerous restaurants and lounges, which will open by Q4 2012. More info