IHG to construct 2 new hotels in Dubai

Posted on 23rd October 2014

 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Abjar Hotels International for a new 450-room Holiday Inn Dubai World Central and 250-room Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central.

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The two hotels will be located in Dubai World Central, on the main approach to the Al Maktoum International Airport, three minutes away from the current terminal. Holiday Inn Dubai World Central will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, bar and meeting space. This will be the fifth Holiday Inn property to open in the UAE.

Located adjacent to the new Holiday Inn hotel, Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central will be the first franchised property under the brand in the Middle East. The new Staybridge Suites hotel joins a pipeline of two other properties set to open in the next three to five years across the UAE.

Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central will feature a mix of spacious studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Rashed Bu Qara’a, COO, Dubai World Central, said: “To meet the needs of the 25 million visitors for Expo 2020, 70% of which will be from overseas, as well as the 200 million passengers expected annually at Al Maktoum International Airport, we are proud to be able to offer our future hospitality partners the necessary infrastructure and facilities needed to remain at the forefront of this growth.”

IHG’s portfolio includes 17 hotels across five brands in the UAE: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites. The company will open a further nine hotels in the next three to five years, including InterContinental Dubai Marina by next year and Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina by 2016, according to news reports on ConstructionWeek Online.

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