Dubai: Nakheel’s second hotel at Dragon City – a 304-room Premier Inn – is now open, marking another key milestone in the developer’s hospitality business strategy.
Premier Inn Dragon City, located just steps away from the world-famous Dragon Mart and its 5,000 shops, restaurants and attractions, was officially opened on Monday (16 December) by Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Alison Brittain, Chief Executive Officer of Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality company and owner of the Premier Inn brand.
The eight-storey hotel features a 320-seater restaurant, a Costa Coffee shop, a fully-equipped gym and meeting facilities. It is the fourth Nakheel hotel to be delivered, coming hot on the heels of the inauguration last week of its second hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall. Premier Inn also operates Nakheel’s first hotel at Ibn Battuta, opened in 2016.
Premier Inn Dragon City is part of Nakheel’s long-term vision for the mixed-use community, currently best-known for the Dragon Mart retail and trading hub, where a new shopping complex and 900-space multi-storey car park opened last month. Dragon City’s first hotel, a 251-room ibis Styles, opened in 2016, and its first residential component – a twin-tower apartment complex with 1,142 units – is under construction.
Nakheel Chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said: “Today marks another milestone for Nakheel, Dragon City and Dubai as we deliver the fourth hotel in our hospitality project portfolio, and the second at this globally-renowned destination. We are delighted to build on the success of our first hotel here, and to further cement our partnership with Whitbread by adding another Premier Inn to our collection of hospitality developments. We are confident that this new hotel will be a big hit with Dragon City’s 40 million annual visitors, who come from the UAE, GCC and beyond to shop and trade at this world-famous destination.”
Alison Brittain, Chief Executive Officer of Whitbread, said: “Having been part of the UAE hospitality landscape for more than a decade, it’s a true testament to the quality of Premier Inn that we are able to open our eighth hotel in the region. Our hotel at Dragon City marks the second in our strategic partnership with Nakheel, following the successful launch of Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall in 2016.”
Nakheel’s hospitality portfolio features a diverse range of accommodation, including iconic, luxury projects on Palm Jumeirah, all-inclusive beach resorts at Deira Islands and mid-range hotels attached to the developer’s major shopping malls.
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About Nakheel ( www.nakheel.com )
Dubai-based Nakheel is a world-leading master developer whose innovative, landmark projects form an iconic portfolio of master communities and residential, retail, hospitality and leisure developments that are pivotal to realising Dubai’s vision. Nakheel’s waterfront projects, including the world-famous, award-winning Palm Jumeirah, have added more than 300 kilometres to Dubai’s original, 70km coastline, paving the way for the development of hundreds of seafront homes, resorts, hotels and attractions.
Nakheel’s current master developments span 15,000 hectares, accommodate nearly 300,000 people and provide a growing range of destinations, attractions and facilities for Dubai’s residents and tourists. They include Palm Jumeirah, The World, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Village, Al Furjan, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, Dragon City, Nad Al Sheba, Warsan Village, International City and the upcoming Deira Islands – a new destination for tourism, living and leisure at Dubai’s oldest, most traditional trading hub.
Nakheel Malls, Nakheel’s retail arm, has 17 million sq ft of leasable space across 19 projects, including large-scale malls and souks, leisure destinations and community shopping centres. Operational assets, with six million sq ft of leasable space between them, include Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart, Nakheel Mall, Golden Mile Galleria, The Pointe and Club Vista Mare. Upcoming retail assets include The Night Market, Warsan Souk, Al Khail Avenue, Circle Mall, Nad Al Sheba Mall and Deira Mall.
Nakheel Hospitality’s project portfolio currently comprises a range of resorts, hotels and serviced apartment complexes, from five star, luxury establishments to modest accommodation, with around 6,600 rooms and hotel apartments between them. Four are operational, with the rest at various stages of development. Working with international, reputable hospitality brands, Nakheel is bringing new concepts to Dubai in line with the government’s tourism vision. Joint venture partners currently include Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts and Thailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts, with management agreements with Accor Hotels (Raffles), Marriott Hotels & Resorts (St. Regis), Minor Hotels (Avani) and Hilton (DoubleTree) also in place. Nakheel’s hospitality project collection also includes 24 community clubs, restaurants and lounges. Nakheel’s residential leasing portfolio currently comprises 17,000 villas and apartments at The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, Nad Al Sheba, Palm Jumeirah, Badrah, Veneto and International City, with more on the way.© Press Release 2019
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