UAE's Hakkasan reveals plan for luxury Palm resort

Restaurant and nightlife group says construction of first Dubai resort will start next year

Global restaurant and nightlife group Hakkasan on Wednesday announced plans to open its first luxury resort on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah Island.

The property, which is being conceptualised and developed by HKK Hospitality, is scheduled to begin construction in 2014, the company said in a statement.

The project will establish a state of the art beach-front hotel on the crescent of The Palm Jumeriah, it added.

The property will feature "world-class cuisine, elite entertainment and outstanding yet unobtrusive service set in its signature contemporary 'Chinois Chic' environment", the statement said.

Aabar Properties has been appointed to oversee construction for Hakkasan's resort project and has requested tenders from designers and architects.

Khadem Al Qubaisi, chairman of Hakkasan, said: "We are thrilled to continue the strategic development of Hakkasan into a multifaceted global lifestyle brand.

"In addition to our hotel project, the growth of Hakkasan will include new restaurants and elite nightlife venues, day clubs, spas, boutique hotels and other hospitality and lifestyle offerings at key locations around the world."

Neil Moffitt, CEO of Hakkasan and HKK Hospitality, added: "This is a significant time for the Hakkasan brand as we embark on our first venture into the hotel industry. We are excited at the opportunity to create such a luxurious resort in one of the world's most important business and leisure destinations.

"As we move forward with our plans for expansion, this project serves as a strategic step towards developing our brand across the globe."

The company last week celebrated the debut of Hakkasan Beverly Hills, and is planning the launch of Hakkasan Shanghai in early 2014.

HKK Hospitality, engaged by Hakkasan to oversee the strategic direction and expansion of the portfolio, also has plans to expand Hakkasan's other brands, which include Yauatcha, Sake no Hana and HKK, the statement said.

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