"To Dream of the future is one of the most beautiful thing in life. We are not content only to dream, we also work hard, because our ambitions are great and so are our dreams"
His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, UAE Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai.
Initiating the hospitality segment in 1959, today Mr. L.R. Lulla, Managing Partner of Astoria & Ambassador Hotels, shares with us his wonderful experience in Dubai and how the city has evolved to become the most sought after business destination of the future.
Mr. Lulla's modest hospitality venture in Dubai dates back to 1959 when there were no hotels. At that point of time, Dubai was still some years from its entry into the oil boom, but its far-sighted visionary ruler, His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum - also fondly known as the Father of Dubai, sought to work with market forces, not against them and thanks his far reaching vision for Dubai’s, a cosmopolitan trade capital boasting of excellent infrastructure began evolving at a phenomenal pace.
An interesting observation of Mr. Lulla is that over the city of Dubai, the great dome of the Ruler office looks down with an air of motherly protection. It is this that makes Mr. Lulla proud of being a resident of Dubai.
Today, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, UAE Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai, has successfully steered his father's vision and the city of Dubai on a course of becoming a global hotspot.
Mr. Ramesh Whabi, General Manager of the Astoria & Ambassador Hotels, believes that Dubai today has propelled itself on a high trajectory, with several new avenues of economic growth & is no longer only a oil trading region. It has consolidated its position as a trade hub for the traders in the market.
Mr. L.R. Lulla's sons, Prakash L. Lulla, manages the Astoria Hotel in Dubai, & Raju L. Lulla who manages ASTAMB Holidays (India), both believe that UAE & Dubai in particular is a Global Trade Capital and a land of emerging opportunities boasting of excellent infrastructure and breath taking projects.
We takes pride in the fact that the Ruling family & the able administration of Dubai Government is designing this city to attract and accommodate 15 million visitors a year from 2010 onwards. It already serves as a gateway to the Middle East & the Indian Sub Continent, connected to 145 Global destinations by 105 airlines & 120 shipping lines.
Several Internationally recognized development initiatives have been implemented successfully. A few across several emerging sectors such as:
- The 3 man made Palm Islands - Jebel Ali, Jumeirah & Deira
- The man made WORLD islands project.
- The world's largest entertainment project – DUBAILAND
- The world's only 7 star hotel Burj Al Arab
- The world tallest building - The Burj Dubai
- Jebel Ali International Free Zone
- Dubai TECOM (Dubai Technology, Electronic, Commerce & Media Free Zone) which runs the highly professional and successful Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Village
- The upcoming New Jebel Ali International Airport (Which would be the biggest in the world)
- Dubai International Financial Center
- Dubai Health Care City
- And many more breathtaking projects are in the pipe line....
In the last five years alone Dubai has witnessed a tremendous growth in the number of tourists visiting Dubai. With further advancements in tourism development projects, Dubai now attracts over 6.4 million visitors each year, and is on the verge of attracting and comfortably accommodating over 15 million visitors annually.
Mr. Lulla strongly believes that Dubai is the future of evolving business activities, aptly brought to life with growing infrastructure, business friendly environment, unparalleled lifestyle, upscale civic amenities, Zero Tax & Trade barriers, well-connected transport facilities, high tourism potential, ever growing consumer markets and rapid industrialization.
Known for its larger than life shopping experience, Dubai is rightly referred to as the shopper's paradise, 365 days a year. The activities reach the helm during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, where the entire city transforms into the biggest, and the most exclusive shopping extravaganza in the world.
Dubai is the most favored destination for tourists who are planning a memorable vacation. As the city has the best crop of landscapes, shopping arenas, adventure sports, leisure and entertainment all lined-up in an exclusive setting. Moreover, being centrally located, Dubai is increasingly becoming the premier tourist destination of the region thanks largely to the tireless efforts of Emirates Airlines, Dubai's very own international airline.
"On behalf of Astoria and Ambassador Group of Hotels, we welcome you to experience the new face of Emerging Dubai. Look no further. We have taken care of everything you need, to make your stay a memorable one. Looking forward to serving you"
Mr. L.R. Lulla.
Astoria & Ambassador Hotels