Hotel giant IHG plans two new properties in Dubai's DWC

InterContinental Hotels Group announces agreement for Holiday Inn Dubai World Central and Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central
Hotel giant IHG plans two new properties in Dubai's DWC
Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa for IHG. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 22 Oct 2014 03:47 PM

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) on Wednesday announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Abjar Hotels International for a new 450-room Holiday Inn Dubai World Central and 250-room Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central.

The two hotels will be located in Dubai World Central, on the main approach to the Al Maktoum International Airport, the company said in a statement.

Holiday Inn Dubai World Central will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, bar and meeting space and will be the fifth Holiday Inn property to open in the UAE.

Located adjacent to the new Holiday Inn hotel, Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central will be the first franchised property under the brand in the Middle East. The new Staybridge Suites hotel joins a pipeline of two other Staybridge Suites properties set to open in the next three to five years across the UAE.

Dubai World Central is the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis. Built around Al Maktoum International Airport, the largest airport in the world when completed, DWC is the first city in the world to be exclusively designed around an airport.

At 145 square kilometres, DWC has been designed as a self-sustained economic zone with a state of the art airport in the centre surrounded by businesses, trade facilities, customised transportation links, residential offerings and the home to Expo 2020.

Rashed Bu Qara’a, COO, Dubai World Central, said: “DWC is pleased to open its doors to IHG as it expands its presence in the UAE.

"To meet the needs of the 25 million visitors for Expo 2020, 70 percent of which will be from overseas, as well as the 200 million passengers expected annually at Al Maktoum International Airport, we are proud to be able to offer our future hospitality partners the necessary infrastructure and facilities needed to remain at the forefront of this growth.”

Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, added: “Dubai is a key growth city for us in the Middle East and with the development of new infrastructure we see greater opportunities for us to build our brands' presence here.

"Dubai World Central is set to become a major commercial hub with immense potential for us to cater to the rise in business and leisure travel, and we are very pleased to be working with Abjar Hotels International to develop the new Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central and Holiday Inn Dubai World Central.”

Abjar Hotels International, the hospitality arm of the Almulla Group, currently has five IHG properties in its portfolio across two brands in Dubai - Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, Holiday Inn Express Dubai - Internet City, Holiday Inn Express Dubai Jumeirah, Holiday Inn Express Dubai Safa Park and Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport.

IHG’s portfolio includes 17 hotels across five brands in the UAE  - InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites.

The company will open a further nine hotels in the next three to five years, including InterContinental Dubai Marina by next year and Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina by 2016.

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