InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed a franchise agreement with Abjar Hotels International for a new 450-room Holiday Inn Dubai World Central; and 250-room Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central. The two hotels will be located in Dubai World Central (DWC), along the main route to the Al Maktoum International Airport and near the current terminal.
Holiday Inn Dubai World Central will have an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, bar and meeting space. This will be the fifth Holiday Inn property to open in the UAE.
Located beside the new Holiday Inn hotel, Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central will be the first franchised property under the brand in the Middle East. The new Staybridge Suites hotel joins a pipeline of two other Staybridge Suites properties set to open in the next three to five years across the UAE.
When it opens, Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central will have a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites designed to create a residential environment for extended stay guests. The suites will have kitchens, entertainment and communications facilities, and separate working areas with complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests staying at Staybridge Suites Dubai World Central may also enjoy the food and beverage options available at the neighboring Holiday Inn Dubai World Central.
Dubai World Central is the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis. Built around Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central is the first city in the world to be exclusively designed around an airport. At 90 square miles, DWC was designed as a self-sustained economic zone with an airport in the center surrounded by businesses, trade facilities, customized transportation links, residential offerings and the home to Expo 2020. The eight districts comprising DWC are residential, logistics, aviation, commercial, humanitarian, exhibition, golf and the airport itself.
Abjar Hotels International, the hospitality arm of the Almulla Group, currently has five IHG properties in its portfolio across two brands in Dubai: Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, Holiday Inn Express Dubai - Internet City, Holiday Inn Express Dubai Jumeirah, Holiday Inn Express Dubai Safa Park and Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport.
The Staybridge Suites brand launched in 1998 and the first Staybridge Suites in the Middle East opened in Cairo in 2008, and in Abu Dhabi in 2009. IHG currently has three Staybridge Suites hotels across the Middle East, with six properties in the pipeline for the region.
IHG currently has 17 hotels across five brands in the UAE: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites. The company will open a further nine hotels in the next three to five years, including InterContinental Dubai Marina this year, and Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina by 2016.
PHOTO SHOWS ANOTHER IHG PROPERTY BEING DEVELOPED IN THE MIDDLE EAST, INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI MARINA