Dubai's Nakheel, UK's Whitbread open Premier Inn Dragon City hotel

The 304-key, eight-storey hotel will feature a 320-seater restaurant, a Costa Coffee shop, and a fully-equipped gym

Dubai's Nakheel, UK's Whitbread open 304-key Premier Inn Dragon City hotel
Dubai Media Office
Dubai's Nakheel, UK's Whitbread open 304-key Premier Inn Dragon City hotel

Dubai-based master developer Nakheel has opened its 304-key Premier Inn Dragon City hotel, which is its second hotel within its shopping, residential, and leisure centred Dragon City destination.

The eight-storey hotel will feature a 320-seater restaurant, a Costa Coffee shop, a fully-equipped gym, and meeting facilities, according to state-run Dubai Media Office.

This is the Nakheel’s fourth hotel to be delivered, following the launch of its 360-key Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai hotel in December 2019.

The hotel was officially opened by Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel and Alison Brittain, the chief executive officer of Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality company and owner of the Premier Inn brand.

The Premier Inn Dragon City is part of Nakheel’s long-term vision for the mixed-use community, which is known for the Dragon Mart retail and trading hub, where a $46m (AED169m) retail complex and a 900-space multi-storey car park opened in November 2019.

Dragon City’s first residential component – a twin-tower apartment complex with 1,142 units – is under construction.

Commenting on the opening of Premier Inn Dragon City, Ali Rashid Lootah, said: “Today marks another milestone for Nakheel, Dragon City, and Dubai as we deliver the fourth hotel in our hospitality project portfolio, and the second at this globally-renowned destination.”

Lootah added: “We are confident that this new hotel will be a big hit with Dragon City’s 40 million annual visitors, who come from the UAE, GCC and beyond to shop and trade at this world-famous destination.”

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