Hilton Marjan Island in RAK to open in 2014

Marjan is a cluster of five man-made islands in upscale Al Hamra

Rob Palleschi and Mohamed Ahmed Ali Hassan Ruqait Al Ali at the official signing.
Rob Palleschi and Mohamed Ahmed Ali Hassan Ruqait Al Ali at the official signing.

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Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Mohamed Ruqait Real Estate for a second DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Ras Al Khaimah.

The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Marjan Island is expected to open at the beginning of 2014. It will enjoy a prime location on the trunk of Marjan Island, a cluster of five man-made islands in the upscale area of Al Hamra.

The newly-built DoubleTree by Hilton Resort will be one of the first hotels to open on the prestigious Marjan Island, an area covering over 2.7 million square metres of premium offshore tourism development land.

Once completed, Marjan Island will feature luxury waterfront homes, floating villas, resorts, sporting facilities and numerous beaches.

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa, said: “Tourism is a vital sector of Ras Al Khaimah’s economy. With three Hilton Worldwide hotels already open and a further three in the pipeline, I am pleased we are playing a major part in firmly putting the Emirate on the destination map.

“Today’s announcement represents another important step in our ongoing commitment to the region and our continued expansion across MENA,” said Jagersbacher.

Aimed mainly at the leisure traveller, the 309-key DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Marjan Island will feature 11 suites in the main building and 45 luxury chalets located directly on the resort’s private beach.

Other features include two pools, a children’s club, a health club and spa with five treatment rooms and water sports facilities. In addition, the hotel will feature two restaurants, a lobby lounge and two bars.

Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “This latest Marjan Island property presents another outstanding DoubleTree by Hilton destination in the UAE, and is destined to become a key resort for the world’s travellers. The 2010 opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah and our upcoming opening in Dubai Al Barsha later this year have given us tremendous brand awareness across the region.

“Today’s announcement for a third DoubleTree by Hilton in the UAE will help us to further establish our presence across MENA and create rewarding hospitality experiences around the world.”

Mohamed Ahmed Ali Hassan Ruqait Al Ali, from owner Mohamed Ruqait Real Estate, commented: “We are looking forward to creating a truly impressive landmark property which will appeal to global leisure and business travellers alike.”

Hilton Worldwide currently operates 53 properties in MENA, totalling more than 15,500 rooms across 17 countries.

There are 11 hotels currently operating in the UAE, 18 hotels in Egypt, one hotel and one convention centre in Jordan, six in Saudi Arabia and one each in Oman and Kuwait, plus another 12 hotels in Africa and three hotels in the Indian Ocean.

Hilton Worldwide has a signed development pipeline of an additional 39 properties across MENA in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Uganda, Nigeria and Cape Verde.

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