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Enriching the hotel experience

The United Arab Emirates is on a rapid growth trajectory to secure its name as the most popular business and leisure tourist destination in the world. Every emirate in the country is ensuring that they do their own part not only to develop basic infrastructure, but also to increase their hotel room inventory.

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Faisal Al Moosa, AA Al Moosa Enterprises
With the opening of three hotels on the Palm, we are not only expanding our footprint in the UAE but also contributing to strengthening the tourism sector of Dubai. These three projects will bring additional 1,500 hotel rooms that will support our government’s Tourism Vision for 2020. The hotels will cater to varied market segments across diversified source markets and will further strengthen the city’s reputation as the region’s leading tourist destination. Our partnership with Hilton, Taj and Marriott is part of our mission to offer unique products and services that will meet the expectations of travellers while maintaining the high standard of tourist destinations.

Maryam Al Sayegh, Deputy Vice Chairman, Roda Hotels & Resorts
Jewel of the Creek project has been going on for quite some time. We’ve recently got news that the contractors will hand it over to the owners by early next year. This makes it closer to our timeline to open it up. The property actually consists of 18 F&B outlets, as well as three-star, four-star, as well as serviced apartments and a large five-star hotel. We have serviced apartments, which is more feasible for families with many children. Given the occupancy in Dubai, it is very hard to find rooms that are close to each other or even on the same floor. What we realised is a lot of guests are more comfortable in taking an apartment while travelling with younger children. We’ve also got guests who prefer to have their own home cooked meals.

Markland Blaiklock, Deputy CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts
The joint venture between Nakheel and Centara to open a themed property in the heart of Dubai in time for Expo 2020, will take inspiration from the hugely successful property, Centara Grand Mirage Resort in Pattaya. This will enable guests to have a similarly engaging experience and deliver a family-centric lifestyle destination at Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new, 15.3 sq km waterfront city set to become Dubai’s newest tourism hotspot. This resort is the first Centara establishment in the UAE and will cover an area of almost 300,000 sq ft featuring a water park, multiple restaurants including alfresco rooftop dining options, kids’ club, spa and fitness centre and business facilities.

Iftikhar Hamdani, Cluster GM, Ramada Hotels & Suites Ajman, Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman & Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche
The wait is over as 179-key Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche is all ready to welcome guests! We have been actively promoting the property in various exhibitions and roadshows in Europe and Asia and have received utmost enthusiasm. The property ticks all the right boxes in attracting both holidaymakers and business travellers with its superb views, excellent room features, modern facilities and sumptuous dining options. Our passionate team is all eager to provide the top-level of service to everyone who will set foot at Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche.

Ammar Kanaan, General Manager, Central Hotels
Central Hotels is poised to be opening and operating two new hotels in the next few months, namely 207-key Royal Central The Palm and 284-room Canal Central in Business Bay. Focused on both business and leisure travellers, the hotels will aggregate digital paperless technology, modern designs, unobstructed views of Dubai’s iconic sites like The Palm and Burj Khalifa, as well as exclusive access to the Beach or the Dubai Canal. Revolving on our ‘Stay Fresh’ concept, Central Hotels brings to the table fun, relaxing, easy and fresh hotel stays that guests experience through our personalised services, facilities and exciting dining concepts.

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