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GRAND HYATT DUBAI’S DHOWS: A TRIBUTE TO AN ANCIENT TRADING CITY Dubai, UAE - Of the many outstanding features within Grand Hyatt Dubai’s show-stopping Atrium perhaps the most striking are the four hand-crafted dhows suspended from its lofty ceiling and visible to guests as they enter the hotel from the Lobby entrance to this city conference resort. The dhows are a particularly pertinent decorative feature of the hotel, given Grand Hyatt Dubai’s location by the shores of Dubai’s historic creek. Dhows still load cargo for destinations in Africa and the Sub-Continent, much as they have done for several hundred years, when merchants and settlers would transport the wood to build them from Iran and India, trading it for pearls and spices. That same openness to international trade has persevered in Dubai through many generations and, now, at Grand Hyatt Dubai, where modern international trade plays such an important role at the largest hotel conference facility in the Middle East, the dhows serve as a constant reminder of the city’s rich commercial history. However, Grand Hyatt Dubai’s dhows started life far from the Creek, in a timber yard in Auckland, New Zealand, in the capable hands of Glulam manufacturer McIntosh Timber Laminates. For a company whose only similar project was the construction of a parliamentary chamber in the form of a canoe for a small South Sea island, the dhows presented a fascinating, yet major, structural challenge. “While the hulls may look as if they are planted or just hung from the ceiling, they are in fact the main structure that holds up the whole Atrium roof. They are 34 metres wide and 56 metres long, and weigh five tonnes each, so their purpose goes beyond the decorative,” reveals John W. Beveridge, the hotel’s General Manager and Area Director for Dubai. The dhows, like the rest of the Atrium roof, were constructed from Glulam timber, a product manufactured from locally grown pine in New Zealand. Glulam counts among its strengths a fire resistance that is superior to steel. What’s more, the dhows’ builders believe that the vessels are more than capable of taking to the Creek. “Although they were not specifically designed to be used, in all probability, should the roof be unbolted and the dhows lowered into water, they would be just as capable of floating as Dubai’s more conventional dhows,” confirms Mr Beveridge. -more-


GRAND HYATT DUBAI’S DHOWS: A TRIBUTE TO AN ANCIENT TRADING CITY / Page 2 Located in the heart of the city, the 674-room Grand Hyatt Dubai is one of the Middle East's premier city conference resorts. Authentic cuisines and entertainment are available in the hotel’s 14 restaurants and bars, while its state-of-the-art Convention Centre is capable of accommodating up to 2,000 delegates theatre-style. Set within the 37 acres of landscaped grounds, Ahasees Spa & Club offers a wealth of luxury resort facilities. About Grand Hyatt Large-scale and distinctive, Grand Hyatt hotels are places to enjoy, socialize and entertain in the heart of major gateway cities and resort destinations. Signature elements include dramatic architecture, energetic lobby environments, innovative dining options, state-of-the-art technology, spa and fitness centers, and comprehensive business and meeting facilities catering to conferences, corporate meetings and social gatherings of all sizes. For more information and reservations, visit www.hyatt.com. ###


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