Opening Night At The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Spotlights "World's Tallest Hotel"

Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:11pm EST

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Star-Studded Evening Features Performance by Leona Lewis
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates,  Feb. 27, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, the JW
Marriott luxury brand celebrated the newly opened landmark hotel in the  Middle
East  and second Marquis worldwide - the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.  Featuring
an exclusive performance by British singer / songwriter and recording star,
Leona Lewis, the "World's Tallest Hotel" hosted more than 1,200 VIP guests,
including international design icon Donna Karan, local singing sensation Salha
and the Million Dollar Band, and  Dubai  television personality DJ Bliss.  

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Party guests were greeted by fire dancers and stilt walkers and escorted into
the hotel on a stunning signature JW Marriott black carpet.  Celebrities, local
dignitaries and business leaders dined on international fare from six of the
hotel's signature restaurants - Rang Mahal by  Atul Kochhar, Izakaya, Tong Thai,
Prime 68 La Farina and the Arabic Restaurant- while enjoying premium beverages
from  Dubai's newest night spot, Vault.  

Virgin Radio's  Simon Heng  and television presenter  Diala Makki  were the
emcee's during the evening, guiding guests through a series of live performances
by some of the world's most exciting artists. In just five minutes,
world-renowned live artist  Jean Pierre Blanchard  astonished guests by
transforming a blank canvas into a stunning image of surprise headline act 
Leona Lewis. Guests were then treated to an electrifying live performance of
Lewis' hit song  Bleeding Love  as well as tracks from her new album, 

Other entertainment highlights included two performances by classical pop
sensation, 2CELLOS. Young Croatian cellists  Luka Sulic  and  Stjepan Hauser 
achieved international fame when a YouTube clip of their unique cello version of
 Michael Jackson's  Smooth Criminal  took the world by storm.  Their viral
success led to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join 
Elton John  on his worldwide tour.  2CELLOS wowed party guests with their
eclectic mix of classical, pop and rock.  

About JW Marriott Marquis Dubai  
For more information about the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or to make a
reservation, visit, or contact the hotel directly on +9714 414
0000, via email at  or online at  Media can also visit  

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International's luxury portfolio and consists of
beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around
the world. These elegant hotels cater to today's sophisticated, self-assured
travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic,
relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide
highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so
that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them.
Currently, there are 59 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the
portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us
online,, @jwmarriott and

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in 
Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and
territories and reported revenues of nearly  $12 billion  in fiscal year 2012. 
The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership
resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our
web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

SOURCE  Marriott International, Inc.

Jessica Kumins, JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations,  +1-301-380-7487,; Deema Termanini, Marriott Middle East Africa Public
Relations, +971-56-6553796,

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