YOTEL, an affiliate company of Kuwait-listed IFA Hotels & Resorts KSCC, signed an agreement with Dubai Investment Properties (DIP) to operate a new hotel in Dubai, UAE. This marks the hospitality brand's first property in the Middle East.
The hotel is part of a major new development located on Sheikh Zayed Road, directly adjacent to the upcoming Dubai Water Canal Project and at the gateway of Business Bay, the city's business district. The hotel will be a short walk from the Business Bay Metro station and minutes from Downtown Dubai, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.
When completed in early 2018, the 42-story property designed by Arkiteknik International will have 438 cabins, furnished with the brand's signature Techno Walls and Smart Beds, as well YOTEL's exclusive Club Lounge, a multi-function co-working and recreational space. The property will also include 127 serviced apartments, also managed by YOTEL, marking the brand's debut in the serviced residence space.
According to Abdallah Moneimneh, GM and chief architect at Arkiteknik International, the property will have a contemporary design. The building will reflect simplicity and geometric elegance, offering a minimalist design with a twist and showcasing the YOTEL concept.
YOTEL currently operates three airport hotels in London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol airports; and one city hotel in the heart of Manhattan, New York. YOTEL is expanding with seven new hotels under development globally, including two new airport hotels set to open at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (2016) and Singapore Changi Airport (2018); and five new city hotels currently under construction in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2017) Singapore Orchard Road (2017), Miami (2017), San Francisco (2017) and Dubai (2018).
Founded by YO! founder Simon Woodroffe OBE, YOTEL's HQ is in London and has offices in Boston and Dubai. Its major partner and shareholder is IFA Hotels and Resorts KSCC based in Dubai.