By Andy Sambidge
InterContinental Hotels Group inks deal with Kuwaiti firm to build Marjan Island property
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to build a 442-room Crowne Plaza resort in Ras Al Khaimah.
The hospitality giant said it has signed an agreement with Kuwaiti-owned Almadina Real Estate Development for hotel, which is currently under development on the manmade Marjan Island.
Scheduled to open in 2015, Crowne Plaza Resort Ras Al Khaimah will span more than 18,000 sq m and feature nine food and beverage outlets.
These will include an all-day dining restaurant with show kitchen, an alfresco dining terrace, a cigar lounge, two coffee shops, a pool bar, and traditional bar and nightclub.
The resort will also feature six meeting rooms, a spa, fitness centre and beauty salon, as well as nursery and indoor souk, IHG said in a statement.
The resort will be located on the Marjan Island development, which sprawls across 2.7 million sq m of reclaimed land.
Pascal Gauvin, IHG's chief operating officer for India, Middle East and Africa, said: "The Marjan Island development is set to become an exciting destination, and it is the perfect setting for our first Crowne Plaza Resort in the UAE.
"Offering an idyllic beachfront setting, a fantastic selection of F&B options, and all the services and facilities you normally associate with Crowne Plaza, we expect the resort to set a new benchmark for the brand."
Abdulmutaleb Khraibut, member of the board of Al Madina Real Estate Development, added: "We have secured one of the best locations in the emirate for our development. Combining this with IHG's management experience and the Crowne Plaza brand, we are confident that the resort will quickly gain popularity as a destination in itself."
The resort will become the second IHG managed hotel in Ras Al Khamiah when it opens, with an InterContinental due to open in 2014.
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