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.
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.