InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a deal for a new-build hotel in Dubai's Science Park. The Holiday Inn Dubai Science Park will operate under a management agreement with an affiliate of the Rolaco Group, which also owns the InterContinental Dallas, InterContinental Semiramis, InterContinentalGeneva, Crowne Plaza Geneva, and Crowne Plaza Zurich.
Scheduled to open in 2019, the 402-room hotel will be part of the region’s first freezone community offering facilities including office and laboratory space, as well as residential units. Located near the Arabian Ranches and Motor City, Holiday Inn Dubai Science Park is also close to the Mall of the Emirates.
“We are delighted to be strengthening our global partnership with the Rolaco Group through the signing of their first Holiday Inn property in Dubai," Pascal Gauvin, COO, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said in a statement. "The signing reinforces our current footprint in the UAE, which includes 19 hotels open and another 11 hotels in our pipeline. The UAE is home to our second-largest portfolio of hotels in the Middle East and we continue to expand our portfolio in the region.”
IHG currently has 78 hotels (23,337 rooms) operating across five of the company’s brands in the Middle East region, including InterContinentalHotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, and Staybridge Suites with a further 24 in the development pipeline. Across the Middle East, there are 25 Holiday Inn properties open as of late June, and an additional three hotels due to open within the next three to five years.