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Kuwait's IFA picks Morgans to run new Palm Jumeirah hotel

New York-based boutique hotelier will bring Delano brand to Dubai; scheduled to open in 2017 as part of The8 project

Kuwait's IFA picks Morgans to run new Palm Jumeirah hotel

New York-based Morgans Hotel Group on Monday announced its plans to link up with Kuwait's IFA Hotels & Resorts to build a hotel on Palm Jumeirah.

The companies will bring the Delano hotel brand to the Middle East with Delano Dubai which is scheduled to open in 2017 as the third hotel in the Delano portfolio.

Delano Dubai's 110-key deluxe hotel apartment property will be situated on Palm Jumeirah and will form part of a mixed-use resort development known as The8.

"Dubai is an ideal destination for us to debut our first Delano property in the Middle East," said Jason Kalisman, interim CEO of Morgans Hotel Group. "Delano Dubai's prime beachfront island location on Palm Jumeirah has a sleek contemporary design and upscale resort facilities which will attract an international clientele who embrace style, elegance and luxury."

The 110 apartments will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units fully furnished and equipped to the highest standards as well as a Presidential Suite, he said in a statement.

"Managing this hotel with their specialist asset management and operational arm, IFA Hotel Investments, will enable us to benefit from their extensive experience in development and operations in this market, and allow us to work together to redefine Dubai's resort scene," added Kalisman.

The8 is currently under construction and will feature both Delano-branded hotel apartments as well as residential properties.

IFA Hotel Investments will oversee the asset management and operational aspect of the development. Launched in 2014, The8 has been architecturally inspired by elements of Miami's South Beach.

The8 will contain resort-style facilities including extensive water-sports, a gym, tennis courts, a signature beachfront restaurant, beach cabanas, barbeque and event areas, as well as dedicated amenities for young families.

"The selection process saw many international brands interested in the project and I am delighted with the final choice of the Delano brand, backed by Morgans Hotel Groups' expertise," said Joe Sita, IFA HI CEO.

Morgans Hotel Group  is widely credited as the creator of the first "boutique" hotel.

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