When you enter a five star hotel, what comes to your mind, Valet Parking, enchanting lobby and decor, gorgeous receptionist?? A sumptuous meal, a place to hang out, a family friendly location and home away from home? Hotel is a much awaited place where you can relax and unwind but the glory you witness comes with a lot of hard work. By hard work, I mean real hard work!
I had an opportunity to visit a Pre-opening hotel property in Dubai this week. Though we had visited a lot of Pre-opening hotels in the past, this time we were given a vest and helmet to wear as it was still the construction site, it was my first experience. I felt great as my brother keeps sending me his pictures from his site, he is an engineer, 😀 This time I also wanted to pretend an engineer but the job comes with a lot of responsibilities. I could feel that as soon as I entered the construction site. There were only structures, wooden logs, ladders, electrical wires, sunlight, labourers working with blue uniform a safety hat, gloves and a vest. Lifts were still not working so the engineer asked me if I could climb 3 floors up? Seeing the people working around me so hard, I didn’t think it was a big deal for me.
It is all about dreams, the developers dream to create another skyscraper, a hotel company’s dream to add another feather in their hat. An engineer’s dream to see the final and ready to be used building and most importantly the dream of a labour!!
This is supposed to be a ballroom which will be the largest in Dubai. It can hold upto 1000 people at one time, with larger LED screens and F&B services, this will be a perfect destination to hold future events in town.
What dream could a labour have? They travel to the city of dreams, to make a big living without their family. Sweat their bodies out under the harsh sun to earn a few notes to make a wire transfer. I’m not sure what their dream is, when they are working on a construction site. For them it’s a job for which they would be paid on hourly basis or a lumpsum. A dream to pay for their kids education and a source of bread and butter. I think, after working countless hours everyday, their dream must be a place where they can retire for the day, comfortable or not, who cares!! They would just need somewhere to pass out!!
When you enter the hotel, there are people dressed in their best, chauffeured in the best cars, how many people will acknowledge the hard work behind the luxury!! The Pre-opening hotel staff works day and night to bring the hotel to the very day to welcome their first guests. Initially, there could be flaws as they are still testing if everything works well. Overall, what these people bring to us is commendable, hats off to you all and a big Thank you!!!!