Hakkasan to build Palm Jumeirah hotel resort
Aabar Properties to develop site; architects invited to submit designs
London-based restaurant and nightclub group Hakkasan has announced plans to open a new luxury resort in Dubai's Plam Jumeirah with construction beginning next year.
The firm said that it is planning a resort on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah based around a beachfront hotel.
Hakkasan, is is owned by Abu Dhabi investment company Tasameem, has the unit will be developed by its hospitality arm, HKK Hospitality.
It will be the first hotel venture operated by the company, which was set up as a a modern Cantonese restaurant concept in London in 2001, then subsequently expanded to several cities in the US, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and to Mumbai in India.
The firm said that Aabar Propertiess has been appointed to oversee construction and has already invited a "select group" of architects and designers to bid for the design work.
"We are thrilled to continue the strategic development of Hakkasan into a multifaceted global lifestyle brand. In addition to our hotel project, the growth of Hakkasan will include new restaurants and elite nightlife venues, day clubs, spas, boutique hotels and other hospitality and lifestyle offerings at key locations around the world," said Hakksan chairman Khadem Al Qubaisi.
CEO Neil Moffitt added: "This is a significant time for the Hakkasan brand as we embark on our first venture into the hotel industry. We are excited at the opportunity to create such a luxurious resort in one of the world's most important business and leisure destinations."