InterContinental Hotels and Al-Futtaim sign management deal for UAE's largest Holiday Inn hotel at Dubai Festival City

InterContinental Hotels and Al-Futtaim agreement for the management of the largest Holiday Inn hotel in the UAE.

InterContinental Hotels and Al-Futtaim sign management deal for UAE's largest Holiday Inn hotel at Dubai Festival City
InterContinental Dubai Festival City launches new 5, 000 sq. metre arena adding further to the portfolio.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 13 November  2016

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and Al-Futtaim, one of the region’s most progressive business houses headquartered in Dubai, have signed an agreement for the management of the largest Holiday Inn hotel in the UAE.

The 520-room Holiday Inn® Dubai Festival City will operate under a management agreement with Dubai Festival City Real Estate Development LLC owned by Al Futtaim, who also own InterContinental® Dubai Festival City, InterContinental® Residence Suites, Crowne Plaza® Dubai Festival City, and Al Badia Golf Club.

Marking the fifth property in partnership between IHG and Al-Futtaim, the hotel will be located in Dubai Festival City, a well-established, mixed-use waterfront community comprising some of the finest retail, residential and commercial properties in Dubai. Expected to be completed towards the end of 2017, the property will be the first branded mid-market hotel in the area.

Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City joins the luxury InterContinental Dubai Festival City hotel and the business oriented Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City in the community. From the Club InterContinental lounge at InterContinental, to Kids Eat Free at Holiday Inn, all three IHG properties are intended to meet a broad range of guests’ needs.

The new hotel will connect directly to Dubai Festival City Mall which boasts a large variety of dining options and popular international retail outlets. With convenient road access to Dubai’s iconic landmarks and situated only two kilometres from Dubai International Airport, the hotel is set to benefit from both business and leisure demand.

IHG and Al Futtaim have also recently launched an expansive 5,000 square metre arena located on the grounds of Al Badia residential area adjacent to the InterContinental Dubai Festival City and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City. The new Festival Arena by InterContinental Dubai Festival City can cater for large scale events with a capacity of up to 5, 000 people.  With a private entrance and distinctively high ceilings, the arena can be customized to host any exhibition, conference, banquet, or trade show as well social events such as a concert or festival.  

Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, IMEA, IHG said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding our partnership with an eminent corporation like Al-Futtaim and this new hotel compliments the existing luxury and upscale offerings at Dubai Festival City perfectly. This signing is pivotal to IHG’s growth plans in the region as there is growing demand for mid-market hotels in the UAE, especially in Dubai. With the Holiday Inn brand’s universal appeal and ability to consistently offer a reliable welcoming experience in over 70 countries around the world, it’s the perfect brand to meet this need. Moreover, we are excited about the launch of the Festival Arena by InterContinental Dubai Festival City, an impressive venue that can cater to a broad range of events in Dubai and will create new possibilities for unique events within the entertainment industry.

Chris O’Donnell, Group Director Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) said: “Following the major redevelopment and expansion of the Dubai Festival City Mall and the development of the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, we will be providing visitors and residents with a complete range of retail, business and leisure activities and wide ranging accommodation to guests and residents alike. This hotel marks our sixth project with IHG and with our collaboration thus far has resulted in great success; we are confident our continued partnership will be one the enablers of our growth ambition in the Middle East.”

The hotel will feature an adjoining café and restaurant, a rooftop grill, health club, four meeting rooms and a conference centre with a capacity to seat 200 people. Holiday Inn is the right brand to give guests exactly what they want and need from a hotel stay, from modern design and in-room amenities to free internet through IHG’s industry leading loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club, now with over 94 million members worldwide. 

IHG operates 78 hotels across five of the company’s brands in the Middle East region (GCC, Levant and Egypt), including InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, and Staybridge Suites® with a further 26 in the development pipeline.

IHG has nearly 1,200 Holiday Inn hotels open across the globe, and 260 hotels in the company's global pipeline. There are currently 25 Holiday Inn hotels open across the Middle East and a further five in the pipeline*.

* Figures as at 30th September 2016.


Media Enquiries:
Karim Dabbour
Memac Ogilvy Public Relations
Tel: +966 26510704  

Laura Baker
Communications Manager IMEA
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Tel: +971-4-213-6040

Georgios Kotsolios | 
Head of PR, Group Marketing Communications 
Tel:  +971 4 208 5855 

About IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group): 
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,100 hotels and more than 750,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme, with nearly 99 million members worldwide. 

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

Visit  for hotel information and reservations and  for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit:  and follow us on social media at: ,  and .

About Al Futtaim 
Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the largest and most diversified privately owned conglomerates, which employs in excess of 42,000 people.

Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, Al-Futtaim operates through more than 200 companies and has increased its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Structured into four divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, and representing over 225 world-class international brands, the success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. Visit  for more information.

© Press Release 2016

More From Press Releases