By Andy Sambidge
Global hotel operator signs management agreement for JBR property to open in late 2013
Global hotel giant Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Al Ain Hospitality Investments to operate a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Dubai.
The new 110-suites DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai will be located in Jumeirah Beach Residence and is expected to open in late 2013.
The hotel is part of a larger dual-tower upscale development which also includes a residential complex.
Abdul Aziz Husain Ahmed, CEO of Al Ain Properties, said: "Our capabilities and experience as a property developer and hospitality investment company combines perfectly with Hilton Worldwide's expertise as hotel operators, and we're delighted to be working with them on such an exceptional property."
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa, added: "Dubai continues to be a key market for us and its on-going appeal as one of the GCC's most attractive destinations is a major factor in expanding our city-wide presence.
"This latest hotel will be a welcome addition to the JBR Walk neighbourhood and will perfectly complement our three existing Dubai properties. We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Al Ain Properties which is one of UAE's pioneer real estate companies."
The hotel will feature two restaurants, a pool bar, lobby lounge and a late opening nightspot. Leisure facilities will include a fitness centre, private beach, outdoor swimming pool, and four retail shops.
John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton said: "The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel brand is experiencing exciting growth in the UAE. We look forward to opening the DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach and becoming an active and valuable member of the local community."
Hilton operates more than 325 DoubleTree hotels and resorts in five continents.
Earlier this month, Hilton Worldwide said it has the largest number of hotels in active development across the Middle East and Africa as it looks for strong growth in the region.
The hotel operator said it has a total of 12,349 rooms in 35 properties in active construction.
Hilton Worldwide added that it will be "aggressively expanding" its presence in the region in the next two to three years.