AccorHotels, Khamas Group partner on Dubai's first Mama Shelter

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AccorHotels has partnered with Khamas Group of Investment to open a new Mama Shelter hotel in Dubai’s downtown Business Bay. It is expected to open in 2020.

Olivier Granet, managing director & COO of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa, said in a statement, “With a portfolio of upwards of 200 hotels in the Middle East and Africa across all segments, it is a milestone for our group to bring the first lifestyle brand to Dubai. Our valued partnership with Khamas Group underscores our joint-commitment to debut an exciting new concept such as Mama Shelter in a dynamic and cosmopolitan city.”

Designed by Franklin Azzi Architecture, Mama Shelter Dubai will have 201 rooms and 80 residences. The architect said, “Mama will offer a unique tower to Dubai, a pure glass coat covering a wooden skin made by each room’s shutters.” The rooms have spacious king-size beds, high speed Wi-Fi and about 3,230 square feet of meeting space. 

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The property will have hotel rooms with one bedroom and two bedroom residences designed by interior designer Thierry Gaugain. Guests will have access to the dining restaurant, the rooftop bar, the lobby bar, the café, the volleyball court, the basketball court and the swimming pool.

Mama Shelter will also be close to landmarks, including the Downtown Dubai area, the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Alongside the concentration of lifestyle hospitality projects across Business Bay, Mama Shelter will have an additional five-star hotel within the same tower.

Pawan Kachroo, MD of Khamas Hospitality, said, "Through the Mama Shelter Dubai Business Bay, we intend to energize the industry with competitive experience-driven offerings.”

The Trigano Family, co-founders of Club Med, created Mama Shelter eight years ago with its first location in Paris. Since then the family has expanded Mama Shelter all over the world in Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro. Mama Shelter Dubai marks the eighth location for the Mama Shelter brand. In February, the company announced plans to open Mama Shelter Prague in early 2018.

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The 80-room hotel, owned by Freeman & Kallaher Colorado Properties and managed by InterMountain Management, is slated to open Oct. 23.