By Louise Oakley
Luxury hotelier says more properties are likely to be added to portfolio in run-up to World Expo 2020
Dubai-based luxury hotelier Jumeirah Group will be expecting to add more hotels to its Dubai portfolio in the years leading up to the World Expo 2020, the president and group CEO Gerald Lawless has revealed.
Speaking to HotelierMiddleEast.com ahead of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference on May 4-5, Lawless said Jumeirah Group would be working closely with parent company Dubai Holding to develop more hotels in Dubai.
“We’re fortunate to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Holding; Dubai Holding, through its verticals of Tecom and Dubai Property Group, has a lot of ambitions to develop hotels in Dubai and we know that we’ll be working very closely with the parent company to deliver on the expectation as far as that’s concerned,” said Lawless.
Currently, the group is progressing the development of phase four of Madinat Jumeirah, a 435-room property due to open in 2016.
“That project is on schedule for opening in Q1 of 2016 and will have 435 bedrooms and is really a very, very appropriately designed hotel which will sort of join together the very modern structures of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj al Arab and the more traditional design of Madinat Jumeriah, though I do accept that Madinat Jumeriah was opened after Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj al Arab, but that’s just the way it happened, and I think that’s going to be very significant,” said Lawless.
Jumeirah Group operates 22 hotels in 11 countries, including seven properties in Dubai.