Dubai's Jumeirah Group hands back two hotels to Meydan

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and The Meydan Hotel to return to Meydan management, says Dubai hospitality group
Dubai's Jumeirah Group hands back two hotels to Meydan
Meydan-owned Bab Al Shams Desert Resort has been run by Jumeirah Group since it opened in 2004
By Staff writer
Sun 19 Dec 2010 03:35 PM

Dubai-based luxury hotel operator Jumeirah Group
will cease to operate Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa and The Meydan Hotel
from January 1.

Management
of the hotels will be handed over to Meydan, the owner of the two properties,
HotelierMiddleEast.com can reveal.

A
spokesperson for Jumeirah Group said: “We can confirm that the day-to-day
management of The Meydan Hotel and Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa will
revert back to Meydan LLC as from 1 January 2011.

“Both
companies will cooperate closely to facilitate a smooth transition period.”

Jumeirah
Group has operated the desert retreat Bab Al Shams since it opened on December
2, 2004.

Abdin
Nasralla, previously general manager of Bab Al Shams, took up the helm of
Meydan’s hospitality arm, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality, prior to the launch
of trackside property The Meydan earlier this year.

The
Meydan Hotel opened on March 4, 2010, ahead of the Dubai International Racing
Carnival’s Super Thursday race-meeting and a concert by Sting.

Jumeirah
was appointed as a service provider to assist in the opening and launch of The
Meydan, which was initially expected to be run by Banyan Tree Hotels and
Resorts.

Banyan Tree initiated arbitration proceedings
against Meydan, Meydan Group and Meydan City Corporation for various breaches
of its hotel management agreement for The Meydan in February 2010.

In June, Meydan CEO and chairman of the board Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, and
Jumeirah Group executive chairman Gerald Lawless, announced they had signed a
Letter of Understanding for the management of The Meydan.

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