Nakheel and Minor link for 372-room hotel in Dubai

Nakheel has signed of a Letter of Intent for a management agreement with Thailand’s Minor Hotel Group for a new, 372 room hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. 

Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah (right) with William Heinecke, founder, chairman and CEO of Minor International.
Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah (right) with William Heinecke, founder, chairman and CEO of Minor International.

Signed in Bangkok by Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and William Heinecke, founder, chairman and CEO of Minor International PCL, under the proposed agreement, the hotel will be managed under the AVANI Hotels & Resorts brand.

The new, 14-storey hotel – one of two Nakheel hotels at Ibn Battuta and one of 10 in the developer’s overall Dubai hotel portfolio – will have direct access to the mall and a link to the Dubai Metro.

Features will include a rooftop pool, all day dining restaurant and coffee shop.

Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said the company continued to “work with reputable international partners to bring new brands to Dubai, further enhancing and diversifying the emirate’s hotel accommodation offering in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision”.

AVANI Ibn Battuta forms part of Nakheel’s 4.7 million sq ft expansion to Ibn Battuta Mall, which will create another 766,000 sq ft of shopping, dining and entertainment space.

Nakheel’s other hotel at Ibn Battuta – a 372-room Premier Inn – is currently under construction and due to open this year.

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