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Pamper with Centara experience

Slated to open for Expo 2020, the joint collaboration between Centara and Nakheel will be a four-star property. Markland Blaiklock, Deputy CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts shares details with TravTalk.

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The joint venture between Nakheel and Centara to open a themed property in the heart of Dubai in time for Expo 2020 will replicate the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in Pattaya. The property will deliver a family-centric lifestyle destination at Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new 15.3 sq km waterfront city that is set to become Dubai’s newest tourism hotspot. As the first Centara establishment in the UAE, this resort will cover an area of almost 300,000 sq ft and will be featuring a waterpark, multiple restaurants including alfresco rooftop dining options, kids’ club, spa and fitness centre, and business facilities.
The brands of Centara Hotels and Resorts include Centara Grand, five-star hotels and resorts in prime locations; Centara, four-star hotels and resorts; Centara Boutique Collection featuring boutique hotels; Centara Residence and Suites, serviced apartments for both short-term and long-term stays; Centra by Centara, quality value hotels in convenient locations, and COSI, affordable lifestyle hotels for the smart-minded travellers. Markland Blaiklock, Deputy CEO, Centara stated, “The inspiration comes from our flagship Centara brand Mirage in Pattaya with the lost world theme. So the plan is to replicate that, and the theme of the Magic Carpet is carried into the design of the hotel. There are two other Centara hotels located near the mall; one will be residences and suites and the other one a hotel. We will be ready for Expo 2020 prior to October of the year. We are also planning on repositioning some of the brands we already have in our portfolio by June this year. We are looking at Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Morocco and Maldives over the coming years.”

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