UAE loses race to build first Jackson family hotel

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UAE plans to build the first Jackson family-themed hotel look to have been dashed as the company behind the resorts revealed it had signed a deal in China, it has been reported.

Jermaine Jackson revealed earlier this month the family was planning the first Jackson family-themed hotel in Abu Dhabi, at a location near Ferrari World.

The brother of the late iconic singer Michael Jackson, Jermaine said the family planned to name the resort Jermajesty after his 12 year-old son.

The company behind the development of the hotels, Jermajesty Hotel and Resorts, is planning properties in the US, Middle East, Australia, Asia, China and Australia, but China is now likely to be the first resort instead of Abu Dhabi.

The Chinese report will be built in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin after the company signed a deal with Chinese government firm.

Richard Li, the executive chairman of Go Connect, which owns a 20 percent stake in Jermajesty Holdings, told The National there was still a possibility a resort could be built in Abu Dhabi.

"I think he wanted Abu Dhabi to be the first one to go up but then the China deal came knocking and is ready made as the superstructure is already up, thus allowing us to fast track the development," he was quoted as saying.

The resorts will showcase the Jackson family’s singing career and will contain a Jackson Life Entertainment Centre in each hotel.

Jermaine and the Jackson family have long standing connections to the region, with Jermaine converting to Islam in 1989, Michael living in the region for a short spell and the Jackson brothers staging a show on Yas Island on November 2012.

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