|06 December, 2019

Lulu opens Great Scotland Yard in London

Group completes investments of $390mln in the UK

Customers shop for fruit and vegetables inside a supermarket in London, Britain August 7, 2019.

Customers shop for fruit and vegetables inside a supermarket in London, Britain August 7, 2019.

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Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of Lulu Group International, has completed investments of $390 million in the UK with the inauguration of the Great Scotland Yard in London on Friday. The hotel will be open for business from Monday.

The historic property was acquired in 2015 for £110 million, and the makeover of the hotel involved a further £50 million. The Great Scotland Yard was inaugurated by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State; Lord Jonathan Marland; Edward Lister; UAE Ambassador Mansoor Abulhoul; Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanshyam and Hyatt Hotels global president and CEO Mark Hoplamazian in the presence of Lulu Group chairman Yusuffali M.A. and Twenty14 Holdings managing director Adeeb Ahamed in London.

Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group International, said: "The Great Scotland Yard Hotel... spotlights the city's vibrant history, its several celebrated aspects and its status as a global melting pot. We have curated an unmatched experience for every guest while recreating the historic premises into a symbol of ultimate hospitality."

In addition to the Great Scotland Yard, Twenty14 Holdings had acquired the celebrated Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian in Scotland in 2018.

Adeeb Ahamed, managing director of Twenty14 Holdings, said: "The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is dream come true for us. The culmination of a path set long ago. Transforming one of the world's most historic addresses into an icon of modern hospitality. Twenty14 Holdings' focus remained steady right through, keeping the building's reputation in mind, every effort made in its rebirth had to be extraordinary, beyond expectations."

The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is being managed by Hyatt under their The Unbound Collection. Peter Fulton, group president for EAME/SWA at Hyatt Hotels said: "I could not think of a better London home for this brand, which is all about creating unique stays and story-worthy experiences. I want to thank the Lulu Group for putting their trust in us and handing us the keys to this one-of-a-kind hotel."

Shafeena Yusuff Ali, director of Twenty14 Holdings, has overseen the artistic side of the hotel. "We wanted to create a hotel that will inspire and ignite your senses and also your soul," she added.

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