Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has partnered with Dubai Properties to open four new hotels in Dubai under the group’s Element and Aloft brands. Scheduled to open in 2018, the hotels will add 816 rooms in Dubai, and is in line with the Dubai government’s focus on mid-scale hotel development ahead of Expo 2020. The new hotels include the 227-key Aloft Dubai Dubiotech, which will be located in the world’s first free zone area dedicated to the life science industry. Aloft Dubai Studio City will comprise 200 guest rooms, meeting space of up to 120sqm and all of Aloft’s signature brand elements. Aloft Dubai IMPZ will be located in the International Media Production Zone and will offer 221 guest rooms. Element Dubai IMPZ will comprise 168 studio accommodations and double rooms.