Marriott International today announced the latest in its global partnership with Universal Music Group: bringing its music series to the U.A.E. Celebrating the grand opening of Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, global superstar, Gwen Stefani, will be the next performance in this exclusive concert series.
"The spectacular new Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai is theatrical, unexpected and sets the stage for discovering Dubai's newest neighborhood," said Brian Povinelli, Senior Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Renaissance Hotels. "With its bold, artful design, vibrant global dining scene and engaging experiences around every corner, the hotel embraces a spirit that inspires guests to discover something wonderfully new every time they travel."
Located in the Business Bay district, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai features 298 guestrooms and 65 suites. Led by the interior firm WA International, the hotel's design sets the stage to inspire a sense of spontaneous discovery at every turn: from the dynamic art installation of Dubai's cityscape that takes center-stage upon arrival, to the cheeky photography in each guestroom, complemented by a Pablo Picasso's famed camel sketch reimagined into a 3D iron rod sculpture – both playful jests to reframe your stay.
Culinary outlets at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai are set to become highlights of the city's prominent and bustling food scene. Chef Masaharu Morimoto will open his first U.A.E. outpost of the famed-eponymous restaurant in December, while Chef David Myers will debut new contemporary concepts Bleu Blanc & BASTA!, which reflect a Southern French farmhouse and an urban interpretation of a Roman trattoria, respectively. BHAR, the Arabic word for spice, will offer indigenous Middle Eastern cuisine and will debut as the hotel opens its doors. Alongside the opening of BHAR, Grounded will serve as the hotel's premiere coffee shop with unique brewing methods from a variety of international beans.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai will feature all of the brand's unique experiences, including Evenings at Renaissance where guests can connect, socialize, and experience the locale through nightly programming. For the true social discoverer, the hotel's Navigators will help guests experience the neighborhood's soul by highlighting hidden gems and handpicked local discoveries.
"We are thrilled to mark this milestone for Renaissance Hotels by bringing this concert series to the Middle East region for the first time," said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. "Gwen Stefani has an extremely passionate fanbase worldwide and we're delighted to provide intimate access and exclusive opportunities for our most loyal members and customers. With the spontaneity of Renaissance, we are confident this hotel will emerge as the newest lifestyle destination for global travelers as well as local residents."
Members of Marriott's award-winning loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, are able to redeem their points for the Ultimate Fan Experience packages around the concert.
Gwen Stefani fans can also get her new holiday album, which was released on Oct. 6 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart. The first single was written by Stefani, Blake Shelton, busbee and Justin Tranter. An exclusive deluxe edition of the album is available at Target and includes a hardback book with 24 pages of behind-the-scenes images from the making of the album and Stefani's personal photos.
"By the joining the biggest name in hospitality with the world's leading music company, Marriott and UMG are providing music fans around the world with unique, exclusive experiences with some of today's brightest stars at some of the world's most prestigious properties," said Mike Tunnicliffe, EVP, Head of UMGB, USA. "Working together, we continue to unlock new locations for unforgettable performances, in a growing list of locations for our concert series."
Extending over the last two years, the global partnership between Marriott and UMG has brought Ellie Goulding to the St. Pancras Renaissance hotel in London, Demi Lovato and DNCE to the JW Marriott L.A.; James Bay and CHVRCHES to The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach; Juanes to the Courtyard By Marriott Santiago Las Condes; most recently, Imagine Dragons to Marriott Marquis Bangkok; and now Gwen Stefani to the new Renaissance hotel in Dubai.
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