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Sheraton Hotel on Dubai Creek

Early 1970s Dubai Creek became a base for manufacturing offshore structures, oil support industries and supply boat operations associated with Dubai's growing offshore oil industry. Almullah Enterprises of Saudi Arabia decided to build a hotel in midst of this industrial activity that has become Dubai's iconic Sheraton on the Creek Hotel. Dubai suffered from a dire shortage of quality hotels in the early 1970s. Sheraton Hotel on the Creek was a welcomed addition.

Work began on Sheraton Hotel in mid 1970s on reclaimed land alongside Deira side of Dubai Creek. Italian Architectural Rome Group in association with Rader Mileto Associated, Rome designed the 255 room Sheraton Hotel Complex as an advanced bio-climatic building. This Complex comprised a hotel and residential apartments. Dubai's then Ruler , Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum laid the hotel's foundation stone in 1975 with the Hotel formally opening in 1978. Hotel Guests and Residents enjoyed uninterrupted views across Dubai Creek to a Dubaiside yet to be developed and onward to Dubai's World Trade Centre then still under construction.

Dubai Municipality began developing adjacent reclaimed land soon after the Sheraton Hotel's opening. Creekside Car Parks were built and began to fill with cars. Car Parking was free in 1978. But Dubai Municipality soon learned "Car Parking Pays" and paid car parking introduced for the first time.

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Dubai's Iconic Architecture

Dubai's Sheraton Hotel on the Creek is one of the first of Dubai's buildings to present cutting edge architecture. Despite being dwarfed by many surrounding newer architectural wonders, Sheraton on the Creek today retains its distinctive silhouette looking as fresh as it did in 1978. Although Dubai's many new hotels are larger and more opulent, none enjoy Sheraton on the Creek's unique location and outlook. The hotel was refurbished in 2002. Stay at the Sheraton on the Creek and you can walk, or take an Abra, to all the major sites of Dubai as it used to be.

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