Nakheel, Minor Hotels ink deal for new Avani hotel
The 18-storey hotel – for which a construction contract will be awarded in February this year – is the second Nakheel hotel at Ibn Battuta
UAE’s master developer, Nakheel, and Thailand’s Minor Hotels have signed a management agreement for a new 372-key hotel to be constructed besides the Ibn Battuta Mall.
Under the agreement, signed in Bangkok by Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel and William E Heinecke, founder, chairman, and CEO of Minor International PCL, the hotel will be managed under the Avani Hotels & Resorts brand.
The 18-storey hotel – for which a construction contract will be awarded in February this year – is the second Nakheel hotel at Ibn Battuta and one of 16 in the developer’s hospitality project portfolio.
Adjacent to the recently-opened Ibn Battuta Metro Link, which is directly connected to the mall, the hotel will feature a pool, spa, gym, all day dining restaurant, coffee shop, and parking spaces, DMO reported.
Lootah said: “Today marks yet another key milestone in our commitment to enhancing and diversifying Dubai’s hotel offering by bringing new, reputable international hospitality brands to the emirate in line with the Government’s vision.
“We are delighted to welcome Minor and the Avani brand to Ibn Battuta Mall, which, with over 20 million visitors a year, is one of Dubai’s leading tourist destinations.”
William E. Heinecke commented: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Nakheel for the new Avani hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai.
“Having launched our upscale Avani brand in the region last year, we are delighted to continue the brand’s expansion in the UAE with this new hotel and we are confident that the brand will prove successful in this key market.”
Avani Ibn Battuta will be the second Nakheel hotel at the mall. The first, a 372-room Premier Inn, opened last year.