Podcast: Al Hamra's plans for Manar Mall, hospitality in Ras Al Khaimah

Developer is targeting hospitality opportunities, senior VP for commercial, Barry Ebrahimy, says during CW Viewpoint podcast

Al Hamra Group is working on Manar Mall.
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Al Hamra Group is working on Manar Mall.

Details have been revealed of the 250-key Rove Hotel that Ras Al Khaimah-based developer Al Hamra is adding as part of its $100m (AED367m) expansion of Manar Mall by the UAE company’s senior vice president of commercial, Barry Ebrahimy, in conversation with Construction Week.

“We own and operate nearly 20% of all hotel rooms in Ras Al Khaimah,” Ebrahimy said in conversation with Jack Ball, Construction Week’s senior reporter, during Construction Week Viewpoint’s latest podcast episode.

He said the designs for the hotel – set to be managed by Emaar Hospitality Group – were complete, with the firm’s projects team “at work to start awarding contracts”.

“I anticipate the contracts to be awarded and mobilisation to take place in a few months,” he added.

Al Hamra is doubling the size of Manar Mall – already the biggest shopping centre in Ras Al Khaimah – by increasing the outlet's gross leasable area from 27,000m2 to 55,000m2.

“[We are absolutely] looking at other hotel opportunities,” Ebrahimy added, noting that the developer – which owns the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah hotel and the Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, among others – was a “big investor” in the emirate’s hospitality industry.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast series produced by the CW editorial team and published on SoundCloud and iTunes at 12:00 (GST) every Monday.

The weekly bulletin has welcomed the likes of Harj Dhaliwal, managing director for the Middle East and India at Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One; Rizwan Sajan, founder of Dubai-headquartered building giant Danube Group; tech entrepreneur Karim Helal, co-founder and CEO of building portal ProTenders’ and UAE contracting giant ALEC.

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