I remember the Radisson Diplomat hotel being built in the late 1970′s and taking forever to be completed. In those days, the only real competitors were the Gulf Hotel and the Hilton (now the Golden Tulip). The construction was delayed for so long that other hotels were started later and finished earlier than the Diplomat.
Nowadays, there are a lot of changes taking place, with the Diplomat Residences being built in double quick time and a multi-level car park under construction. It is also a very popular place for the Friday brunch, with this last Friday before Ramadhan having over 1,000 places booked!
I met a friend for a working lunch at the Olivos Brasserie and enjoyed a quick buffet. The food was average, but the selection was extensive for a quick lunch, and they even provided coffee to go. With its central location, and for a working lunch, I found it ideal. 5/10