IHG to open first Crowne Plaza resort in UAE

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed an agreement with Kuwaiti-owned Almadina Real Estate Development to open a 442-room Crowne Plaza Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The hotel is currently under development on the manmade Marjan Island, giving it the ideal seafront resort location for attracting leisure and business tourism.

Scheduled to open in 2015, Crowne Plaza Resort Ras Al Khaimah will span more than 193,750 square feet and feature nine food and beverage outlets. These include an all-day dining restaurant with show kitchen, an alfresco dining terrace, a cigar lounge, two coffee shops, a pool bar and a traditional bar and nightclub. For corporate guests, the property has an events team and six meeting rooms. The hotel’s leisure and fitness facilities will include a spa, fitness center and beauty salon, as well as nursery and indoor souk.

The resort will be located on the Marjan Island development, which sprawls across over 29 million square feet of reclaimed land. It will be close to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and only an hour’s drive from Dubai.

The resort will become the second IHG managed hotel in Ras Al Khamiah when it opens, with an InterContinental due to open in 2014. There are 64 Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts in more than 60 countries around the world, including five in the UAE. An additional 18 Crowne Plaza hotels are in the global development pipeline.

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