Dubai-based developer Nakheel said on Saturday it is planning a new partnership with Austria’s largest independent hotel chain, Vienna House, to create a $160 million, 600-room beachfront resort at Deira Islands.
News of the planned resort – the first for Vienna House in the Middle East – was outlined at a signing ceremony in Bangkok, home of Vienna House’s parent company U City PCL.
Under the planned partnership, the two companies will build a beachfront holiday complex – Vienna House Deira Beach – at Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new 15.3 sq km master planned waterfront city.
The planned partnership is Nakheel’s third hospitality joint venture at Deira Islands. The developer already has 1,400 rooms under way through JVs with Spain’s RIU Hotels and Resorts and Thailand’s Centara Hotels and Resorts. In total, Nakheel has more than 3,600 keys at Deira Islands through existing or upcoming joint ventures or hotel management agreements.
Nakheel chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said: “We are delighted to be working with Vienna House on this unique new concept for Deira Islands. Our ongoing strategy is to being new, highly-reputable hospitality brands and concepts to Dubai as part of our commitment to supporting the government in realising its tourism vision. Vienna House at Deira Islands will be a shining example of how this strategy is coming to fruition.”
Rupert Simoner, CEO of Vienna International Hotelmanagement, added: “Vienna House Deira Beach will offer quality leisure experiences that are designed to offer guests authentic moments and memories. There is nothing comparable in Dubai at present. We are honoured to partner with Nakheel to create this uniquely-designed beach resort.”
Vienna House, the largest independent hotel chain in Austria, currently has more than 30 hotels across nine countries, and employees around 2,400 people.
Deira Islands will add 40km, including 21km of beachfront, to Dubai’s coastline. The project paves the way for hotels and serviced apartments, retail destinations, mixed-use buildings and residential waterside developments.
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