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Venue Highlight 50 MAR-APR 2019 MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS MCMAG-ASIA.COM From the Gulf of Thailand to the Arabian Sea, a range of new openings are here to delight visitors and planners alike. COMPILED BY WILL CHIN InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah Meeting up in South Jakarta L ocated at the heart of South Jakarta, the newly opened InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah shares the neighbourhood with Pondok Indah's premium shopping and business district, which means that work and leisure are just a stone's throw away from each other. The hotel also comes with 311 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. That aside, the highlight of this property has to be its meeting facilities. The InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah comes with a large ballroom that can hold 3,000 guests for the standing configuration, or 2,000 for the seated configuration. Aside from that, there are also 16 function rooms and one studio space for unique concepts. Together, there's about 261 sqm of meeting space for planners to work with. One of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai's beachfront restaurants. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai A new jewel in the Arabian Gulf Mandarin Oriental has expanded its portfolio of luxury hotels to the Middle East with the opening of the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in Dubai, UAE. Located near the water's edge, the 256-room resort was designed by the acclaimed international designer Jeffrey Wilkes and features a variety of guest rooms and suites, most with private balconies and terraces, as well as majestic views of the ocean or the city's iconic skyline. Facility-wise, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai has six restaurants and bars, including two signature restaurants: Tasca by Portuguese celebrity chef Jose Avillez, as well as Netsu, a Warayaki-style Japanese steakhouse by renowned Australian-born chef Ross Shonhan. Elsewhere, the hotel features a 2,000sqm spa with nine treatment rooms, as well as a state- of-the-art-gym. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai also comes with an array of meeting facilities. First and foremost is the beautiful 650sqm ballroom, which sits up to 360 guests and has a beachfront terrace for outdoor events and activities. There are also four well appointed meeting rooms that enjoy natural daylight and can be further divided into seven separate spaces if needed. The Lounge.

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