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Dubai's St. Regis, W and Westin to All Leave the Marriott Portfolio

July 10, 2018
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Dubai's St. Regis, W and Westin to All Leave the Marriott Portfolio
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Dubai, a city known for its tall buildings, over-the-top spectacles and superlatives, is losing three Marriott properties — a St. Regis, W and Westin.

Marriott announced on Tuesday that as of July 31, 2018, The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City will no longer be associated with Marriott International. According to a statement from Marriott, after that date, management of the three Dubai properties will be transferred from the world's largest hotel chain to the new owning company, Al Habtoor Group.

"These hotels will no longer be part of the St. Regis, W Hotels and Westin Hotels global brand portfolios," Marriott said in a statement. "This is a mutual decision reached amicably between the parties. The parties are working closely together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for associates, clients and partners."

Tuesday's announcement comes just more than a week after a similar announcement in which the St. Regis Dubai Polo Club would be leaving Marriott as of July 1, 2018.

In all, the three properties feature a total of 1,594 rooms, according to Gulf Business. Additionally, the three properties boast 18 restaurants and lounges, two spas and 34 meeting and banquet spaces.

Under the new Al Habtoor Group ownership, you'll no longer be able to take advantage of Starwood Preferred Guest or Marriott Rewards elite perks for your stays, nor will the hotels be part of the new unified Marriott loyalty program. Additionally, there will be no SPG or Marriott Rewards point-earning potential for stays at any of the three properties after July 31. If you have a stay booked after that date, you can give Starwood or Marriott a call to see what your options are.

Al Habtoor City, which is home to the three properties, also features a tennis facility, theater, La Perle (a show) and now more than 1,500 rooms. Once Al Habtoor Group's takeover is complete, Marriott will no longer have a St. Regis or a W in the city — at one point, it had two St. Regis'. However, Dubai being St. Regis-less is not expected to last too long, as both a W and a St. Regis are expected to open on The Palm at some point in the not-too-distant future.