Ras Al Khaimah has been the subject of a lot of positive news lately, with the real estate market performing well, tourism numbers constantly increasing and development in the emirate on the up.
More positive news was seen today in the emirate with the revelation that the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) are to open a resort on the Al Marjan Island of RAK.
It was revealed yesterday that the group have signed an agreement with Almadina Real Estate Development to open the Crowne Plaza resort which will encompass 442 rooms.
The Al Marjan Island is a man-made development in Ras Al Khaimah, similar to the infamous Palm Jumeirah in neighbouring Dubai, and is currently the subject of an array of development which is further driving tourism to the emirate.
The hotel is currently under construction but will span more than 18,000 metres and is the second IHG development in RAK with the first scheduled to open in 2014 and this latest project in 2015.
Pascal Gauvin, IHG’s Chief Operating Officer for India, Middle East and Africa, said: “The Marjan Island development is set to become an exciting destination, and it is the perfect setting for our first Crowne Plaza Resort in the UAE.
“Offering an idyllic beachfront setting, a fantastic selection of F&B options, and all the services and facilities you normally associate with Crowne Plaza, we expect the resort to set a new benchmark for the brand.”
The influx of tourism in RAK was also noted with Abdul Mutaleb Khraibut, Member of the Board, Al Madina Real Estate Development commenting: “Ras Al Khaimah is evolving as a unique tourist destination. Combining this with IHG’s management experience and the Crowne Plaza brand, we are confident that the resort will quickly gain popularity as a destination in itself.”
This is the second IHG announcement in the UAE this week with the company revealing that they are to open a resort at the Bay Central site in the heart of Dubai Marina.