Hotel giant plans to open fourth Crowne Plaza in Dubai

Intercontinental Hotels Group signs deal to open Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina in 2016
Hotel giant plans to open fourth Crowne Plaza in Dubai
Pascal Gauvin, chief operatingoOfficer, India, Middle East and Africa for IHG.
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 23 Sep 2013 01:46 PM

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) said on Monday it has signed an agreement with TAJ RP International Limited, part of RP Group of Companies, to open Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina in 2016.

Located in the Dubai Marina area, the 3,037 sq m hotel site sits next to Dubai Marina Mall and will offer three large-sized meeting rooms, a boardroom and a ballroom.

The 280-room property will also feature a spa and health club, three restaurants, two of which will be specialty and one all day dining, a lobby lounge and bar.

The new development marks the entry of the fourth Crowne Plaza hotel into Dubai and the ninth Crowne Plaza hotel into the UAE, without taking into account the UAE's first Crowne Plaza Resort scheduled to open in Ras Al Khaimah in 2015.

There are 65 Crowne Plaza hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa with an additional 19 in the development pipeline.

Pascal Gauvin, chief operatingoOfficer, India, Middle East and Africa for IHG, said: "As a brand that focuses on the needs of both the business and leisure traveller, the up and coming Dubai Marina area is a fantastic urban location for this project.

"We are delighted to partner with TAJ RP International Limited on this exciting new development and to continue to grow the Crowne Plaza brand in Dubai, and the wider United Arab Emirates."

Dr Ravi Pillai, chairman, RP Group of Companies, added: "The project is particularly exciting as TAJ RP International is focused on expansion within the hospitality sector and we view IHG as the perfect partner to complement this growth.

"We have a growing presence in a number of vital segments including the hospitality industry in more than seven countries and 15 cities and are pleased to make an entry into Dubai Marina, one of the city's most energetic business hubs."

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