A new hotel designed to resemble a cruise liner has opened for business in Al Barsha. The 230 room Grand Excelsior is the latest addition the New Dubai area’s rapidly growing hospitality sector. Located just minutes away from the Mall of the Emirates, the hotel is operated by B&G Hotels and Resorts. Facilities include the A La Grande all-day dining restaurant, the Anchor Anchor lobby cafe, a Bollywood-themed Indian restaurant, English pub and the 2Vegas nightclub. The Grand Excelsior is close to the bustling district of Tecom; a zone that has fast become a hub for business and hospitality, thanks to its strategic location beside the Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai Metro network. The area is also home The First Group’s prestigious hotel apartment developments; Metro Central, Grand Central and First Central.