Luxury hotel brand InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have spotted the potential in the UAE with the opening of two hotels scheduled for Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.
The first of the hotels announced last month comes as part of the Bay Central development which is already home to two, almost sold-out residential developments the West and Central towers whilst the East tower will be home to the new five-star hotel offering 132 hotel rooms and 196 residential suites.
There will also be eight eateries and drinkeries for guests of the hotel and residents of the West and Central towers as well as a spa and health club making the development at the heart of the sought-after Dubai Marina the place to be.
Rahail Aslam, Chairman of Select Group commented: “The Bay Central development in Dubai Marina has plenty to boast about, from being positioned right at the heart of the Dubai Marina to the magnificent views that the three towers in the development offer.
“The InterContinental brand completes the development’s offering perfectly and we trust that IHG will deliver the quality of service and high standard of operations that they are renowned for.”
Dubai Marina has already been noted as the most popular location in the emirate for investors and both rental and sale prices have risen, in some cases by as much as 10 percent, for the first half of the year.
Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer of IHG for India, the Middle East and Africa also commented on the location of the new hotel, which is opposite the Dubai Marina Mall.
Gauvin said: “The Dubai Marina is a fantastic hub of activity for guests looking to experience everything Dubai has to offer. It’s close to great shopping malls as well as one of Dubai’s most popular beaches.
“The InterContinental Dubai Marina will perfectly complement its sister hotel in the city, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, and we are looking forward to opening the hotel by the end of next year.”
As well as this, IHG have also decided to open a hotel on the ever-developing Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah, which will also be home to the Real Madrid Theme Park. Tourism numbers have increased already this year and the real estate sector is performing better than it ever has and this latest revelation from IHG shed even more positivity on the emirate and the island.
The group signed an agreement with Almadina Real Estate Development to open the Crowne Plaza resort which will have 442 rooms and span 18,000 metres with a scheduled opening of 2015.
Pascal Gauvin added: “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.”
Abdul Mutaleb Khraibut, Member of the Board, Al Madina Real Estate Development also noted: “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.”
InterContinental already have two hotels in the UAE, one in the capital of Abu Dhabi and another one in Dubai’s Festival City whilst another is penned for Ras Al Khaimah as well as the Al Marjan development and Bay Central hotel in Dubai.
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 whilst Dubai Marina is popular amongst young people and couples due to its cosmopolitan nature.