By Lubna Hamdan
Leading hospitality group will manage the Movenpick Grand Al Bustan and Swissotel and Swissotel Living Al Murooj starting this month
The world’s largest hotel operator Accor has taken over the operations of two hotels belonging to Dubai Developments, the privately held development company established by UAE Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Accor will manage the Mövenpick Grand Al Bustan which opened in 1997 near the Dubai International Airport, and Swissôtel and Swissôtel Living Al Murooj, which is situated between Downtown Dubai and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
Both hotels will undergo significant upgrades, with the Mövenpick Grand Al Bustan set to undergo a three-year phased improvement plan featuring 279 rooms and suites; seven F&B outlets, including three specialty restaurants, an all-day dining venue, a pool bar, lobby lounge and shisha café; and 4,000sqm of banqueting and meeting facilities.
Swissôtel and Swissôtel Living Dubai Al Murooj, which has been operational since 2005, will also undergo a three-year upgrade which will see the property feature 251 rooms and 285 extended-stay apartments spanning studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, complemented by 1,500sqm of banqueting and meeting facilities and 11 dining venues including four specialty restaurants, an all-day dining outlet, pool bar and two cafés.
The hotel takeovers will grow Accor’s UAE portfolio to nearly 17,000 keys across 60 hotels. The Group has over 280 properties in the Middle East & Africa, with more than 61,000 keys in the market.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.