By Andy Sambidge
Santorini on Marjan Island will comprise 410 rooms; was originally scheduled to open by end of last year
Bin Majid Hotels and Resorts has announced that it is scheduled to open its new Santorini property on Marjan Island, the first man-made island project in Ras Al Khaimah, by the end of 2014.
The seven-storey building will comprise 410 guest rooms and will be the fifth property Bin Majid owns in RAK, joining others such Beach Resort, Beach Hotel, Acacia Hotel and Mangrove Hotel. The hotel was originally scheduled to open by the end of 2013.
Dr Ali Kasapbashi, the chief operating officer of Bin Majid, said: "We have developed a hospitality legacy through our current brands, and much of that legacy was built upon continuing to expand and building a strong brand presence in the Emirates.
"With the new properties and upcoming ones in the pipeline, we will soon be recognised as a leading hotel and leisure company in the UAE and the region," he said.
The hotel group currently operated a total of about 1,020 rooms. Together, the planned new properties will take the tally to just under 2,000.
Al Marjan Island is a core part of the RAK government's strategy to diversify the economy into new sectors. The project seeks to establish RAK as a destination for affordable luxury and is likely to provide momentum to the sector going forward.
Earlier this week, Bin Majid Hotels and Resorts announced the addition of Bin Majid Tower in Abu Dhabi to its portfolio.
The hotel is part of a AED400m ($108.9m) expansion plan to support the growing tourism industry and is due to open this year.