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In pictures: The UAE hospitality sector old and new

November 28, 2013

The Chicago Beach Hotel in 1979, Dubai’s first resort residence. Courtesy Omar Salam
The Chicago Beach Hotel in 1979, Dubai’s first resort residence. Courtesy Omar Salam
The Chicago Beach hotel was torn down to make way for the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach hotels, above. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters
The Chicago Beach hotel was torn down to make way for the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach hotels, above. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters
The Burj Al Arab under construction. James Davis / Eye Ubiquitous / Corbis
The Burj Al Arab under construction. James Davis / Eye Ubiquitous / Corbis
Atlantis hotel, which was built on the manmade island Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Marwan Naamani / AFP
Atlantis hotel, which was built on the manmade island Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Marwan Naamani / AFP
The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, which is renowned for its opulent interiors of gold leaf. Ryan Carter / The National
The Emirates Palace hotel  in Abu Dhabi, which is renowned for its opulent interiors of gold leaf. Ryan Carter / The National
The JW Marriott Marquis is the world’s tallest hotel at 355 metres. Jeffrey Biteng / The National
The JW Marriott Marquis is the world’s tallest hotel at 355 metres. Jeffrey Biteng / The National
Above, a private pool at Al Maha Resort. The hotel was named after an endangered Arabian animal. Lee Hoagland / The National
Above, a private pool at Al Maha Resort. The hotel was named after an endangered Arabian animal. Lee Hoagland / The National
The lobby of the Desert Islands Resort & Spa hotel on Sir Bani Yas Island. Stephen Lock / The National
The lobby of the Desert Islands Resort & Spa hotel on Sir Bani Yas Island. Stephen Lock / The National
An aerial view of the beachfront in Dubai’s Westin Hotel and the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. Randi Sokoloff / The National
An aerial view of the beachfront in Dubai’s Westin Hotel and the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. Randi Sokoloff / The National

The UAE’s hospitality sector has become a jewel in its crown and the growth from the early days has been impressive.