Zabeel Investments launches luxury five-star resort, Ottoman Palace on Palm Jumeirah
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Rixos Hotels Group to manage first of its kind property with the world's largest Turkish spa, November opening for 410-room and 38-villa development.
Zabeel Properties has today announced the appointment of Rixos Hotels Group as the operator of Ottoman Palace, its new resort on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah. As the first Ottoman themed hotel in Dubai, this five-star hotel and villa project, which will open its doors in November 2008, will boast 410 rooms and a further 38 villas - each with its own individual swimming pool and garden.
With construction having started in May 2007, the project will be completed in record time, without compromising on the exacting attention to quality and detail that Zabeel Properties has become known for.
Dubai-based Zabeel Properties has also developed the Ottoman Palace to the highest environmental building standards, to celebrate the diverse Ottoman dynasty that existed for six centuries. Spanning the regions of South-Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the Ottoman Empire became a world power at the centre of interaction of the eastern and western worlds.
This rich history has been incorporated into a seven-storey development that has been designed by renowned Turkish architect Kürşat Aybak to embrace the rich lifestyle of ancient Turkish culture with modern day luxury.
Announcing the appointment of Rixos Hotels Group, H.E. Mohammed Ali Al Hashimi, Executive Chairman of Zabeel Investments, said: "The travel and tourism sector is fundamental to the growth of Dubai and the wider UAE, and visitors today are demanding more from their experiences. The number of travellers spending more than one night in the UAE is set to exceed 10 million by 2011 and we must continually raise the standard of service we offer to visitors, while at the same time producing environmentally sustainable projects that display our uncompromising focus on quality real estate.
"The Ottoman Palace does just that; providing guests with an experience that gives them the chance to escape, discover and surround themselves with opulent and traditional Turkish culture. We are delighted to announce this partnership with Rixos Hotels Group for the Ottoman Palace resort, which will be a valuable addition to Dubai."
Fettah Tamince, Entrepreneur and Founder of Rixos Hotels Group, said: "Rixos has become recognised as an industry leader from a strong foundation for Turkish hospitality. The splendour and artistry of the Ottoman Palace by Rixos will be awe-inspiring, taking guests back in time to experience the pomp, grandeur and exquisite culture of the once mighty Ottomans.
"All its distinctive features will be combined with a welcoming atmosphere and personal touch, which will truly make Ottoman Palace a destination in itself, placing this ethnic themed resort in a luxury category of its own."
Housed in a 97,000 square metre plot that includes 50,000 square metres of landscaping and associated amenities, the site is fronted by sea on two sides. It has been constructed by ZSML and managed by EC Harris.
Robert Norton, Chief Executive Officer of Zabeel Properties, stated: "The Ottoman Palace has been built according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, something which will be part of all our developments. Zabeel Properties' philosophy is focused on delivering quality real estate projects that not only meet, but exceed our customers' expectations."
The development will incorporate the world's largest and most decadent authentic Turkish spa. Covering 8,500 square metres, this signature ‘Hammam' concept is unique to the Rixos Hotels Group, and will provide a revitalising spa offering a range of authentic ancient Turkish treatments with a modern and contemporary twist. Facilities will include steam baths, aromatherapy facilities, snow rooms, hydro massage areas, floating tanks and specialised saunas.
Ottoman Palace by Rixos will feature 410 rooms including deluxe and club rooms; plus family, business, executive and club suites; two Royal Suites and one Imperial Suite. Its 38 residential villas will provide absolute opulence for those wishing to indulge themselves in the Rixos lifestyle long-term.
Commenting further, Mohammed Ali Al Hashimi, said: "Our villas will be the most sought after villas on Palm Jumeirah, as they combine the unique offering of a home with access to all services and facilities of this five star resort. The villas will be launched for sale in due course."
Guests will be able to choose from a selection of gourmet restaurants offering a range of quality dining from classic Anatolian to modern day fusion and connoisseur French cuisine. The resort will also incorporate a world-class entertainment venue, the Mehteran, for star-studded concerts and events. Ottoman Palace will also become a haven for shoppers, with its own retail mall housing a range of luxury brands.
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About Zabeel Properties
Zabeel Properties is the property arm of Dubai-based Zabeel Investments - a multi-diverse company with business interests spanning private equity and asset management in the GCC and other international markets. Zabeel Properties has a development portfolio that currently comprises approximately AED15 billion (US$5 billion) of prestigious residential, commercial and hospitality developments. Its portfolio includes:
• Porto Dubai, a luxury residential development on a reclaimed peninsular featuring a pioneering ‘tiered island' design concept at Umm Seqeim, Dubai, giving residents unspoilt views of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel.
• An AED 2.1 billion residential, hospitality and lifestyle project, Tiara Residence & Tiara Hotel, which is poised to become one of the premier properties on the Palm Jumeirah.
• The Tiara United Towers, a joint venture with United Holdings to deliver a landmark commercial and hospitality project on Dubai's main Sheikh Zayed Road. The AED2.4 billion developments' visually striking twin towers will represent a design first for the region.
• A soon-to-be-launched 800-room ‘Americas Hotel & Resort' on the Bawadi development in Dubai. The project promises to become one of the world's most exciting entertainment and leisure destinations offering amusement centres, shopping malls, theatres, restaurants and convention centres.
About Rixos Hotels Group
Rixos Hotels Group has achieved great success in the tourism sector with its unique hotel projects, and has established itself as a market leader in a short time frame by combining a youthful and dynamic team with an international business vision.
Rixos Hotels Group has an accommodation capacity of over 2 million bed nights per year, and provides the highest quality of service in all of its eight existing hotels in four countries. Customer satisfaction is incomparable due to the 'Perfection in Service' standard which Rixos defines as 'All Inclusive - All Exclusive'.
All Rixos Hotels are acclaimed as having the most comprehensive and exclusive all inclusive boarding system. Rixos realizes a way of life through this concept in order for guests to feel privileged with regards to their varying expectations.
Rixos Hotels are located in strategically important areas, both in terms of business and leisure tourism - Eastern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean, the Gulf region and Central Asia. Other new properties are soon to open in Vienna/Austria, Almaty/Kazakhstan and Budaia/Bahrain.
Dedicated to the art of vacation and promising to change guests' perception of a holiday forever by discretely preempting their needs and desires from the very start of their visit, Rixos Hotels all offer spectacular culinary, leisure and entertainment facilities.
Restaurants serve various cuisines to suit all tastes and are headed by world class chefs. The hotels all have ongoing entertainment programs and include world famous performers. For children and teenagers, a world full of experience, fun and excitement are created in the Rixy Clubs within the Hotels. The Rixos Hotels concept also incorporates a revitalizing Wellness & Spa Center.
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