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When Rose Rayhaan by Rotana completed in 2007 at a height of 333 meters, it made headlines for surpassing the Burj Al Arab as the tallest single-use hotel building in the world, indicating a subtle intra-city competition for the title. Only recently was the tower surpassed by another contender, also located in Dubai, the JW Marriot Marquis Hotel Dubai Towers at 355 meters. But it was never the intention for the tower to build a reputation based on superlatives alone; rather, the tower presents a remarkable case study on the potential of single-use hospitality skyscrapers.

A high degree of luxury reflects the building’s position as a world-class hotel in an international city. Offering guests a choice of 482 rooms, suites, and penthouses, the tower’s highly desirable location on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai’s financial district is rewarded with stunning views and a concomitantly high occupancy rate. Completed three years before the nearby Burj Khalifa and the subsequent surge of development in Downtown Dubai, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana has benefited enormously from greater urban densities. As the city of Dubai continues to evolve into the future, the high standards and expectations generated from the past 10 years will no doubt allow the tower to flourish far into the future.