Khalaf Al Habtoor tells his story

Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor's Metropolitan Hotel on Abu Dhabi Road became an unexpected Dubai Icon. Built when Sheikh Rashid's plans for Dubai were at their most imaginative, the Met was to support Sheikh Rashid's proposed airport, seaport and new town at Jebel Ali. Dubai Metropolitan Hotel opened in 1979. 33 years passed before Sheikh Rashid's plans for Jebel Ali started to break ground......

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Metropolitan Hotel was demolished in 2013 to make way for a new super hotel complex