The world’s tallest hotel, Ciel by The First Group, is on track for Q1 2024

The world’s tallest hotel, Ciel by The First Group, is on track for Q1 2024

The 82-story architectural wonder, which is on track to become the world’s tallest hotel, is the focal point of The First Group’s rapidly expanding collection of world-class hotels that have set a new industry benchmark in the UAE.

From a design perspective, Ciel is undoubtedly The First Group’s largest and most complex development to date. The building itself encapsulates the power of integrated design, a multi-layered, simultaneous process necessary in the creation of complex superstructures.

Designed in conjunction with The First Group’s long-term architectural partner, NORR, Ciel boasts a number of innovative features, including an observation deck with panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline, the Palm Jumeirah and Arabian Gulf on the 81st floor, as well as a rooftop infinity pool and bar on the 76th floor. Another standout feature is the hotel’s 300-meter-tall interior atrium, which boasts vertically stacked landscaped and naturally ventilated terraces that will provide occupants with shared communal and interactive spaces.
Ultimately, Ciel’s impressive design reflects its landmark status as the world’s tallest hotel. The design itself has received global praise, with the hotel winning the 2019 International Property Awards (IPAs) for Best International Hotel Architecture, Best Hotel Architecture Arabia and Best Residential High-rise Architecture Arabia. Ciel also received the top prize in four major categories at the 2019-2020 Dubai, Africa and Arabia Property Awards: hotel architecture, new hotel construction and design, commercial high-rise development and residential high-rise architecture.
“We are thrilled to bring Ciel to Dubai’s skyline, a ground-breaking project that will redefine upscale hospitality and showcase the best of what the city has to offer. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, we are making great progress and are firmly on track to open the property officially in 2024. Ciel will offer guests an unparalleled experience, with its unique design, luxury amenities and stunning views. Ciel is not just a building but a symbol of Dubai’s ambition, innovation, creativity and excellence,” said Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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