Premier Inn to manage the Ibn Battuta Hotel in Dubai

Nakheel, a Dubai-based master developer, signed a management agreement with UK-based Premier Inn for its new, 372-room hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall.

The hotel will form part of Nakheel’s 92,000-square-foot expansion of the Ibn Battuta complex. Premier Inn at Ibn Battuta Mall will have a restaurant, bar, Costa coffee shop, rooftop swimming pool and gym, and will be directly linked by a pedestrian bridge to the Dubai Metro station and to the mall. It is scheduled to open in 2016.

Ibn Battuta Mall currently has 270 shops, 50 restaurants and a 21-screen cinema.  The expansion will add another 150 shops to the existing complex. Nakheel is planning nine hotels across Dubai over the next five years.

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In April, the developer confirmed that Accor will manage its 250-room Dragon Mart Hotel, currently under construction and due to open this year.

Nakheel is also planning hotels at Deira Islands and International City.