Shangri-La to manage upcoming Dubai hotel

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts signed a letter of intent to work with Dubai-based developer Nakheel to manage an upcoming 290-room hotel on its way up in the emirate.

Multi Housing News reported that the new hotel will be located in The Palm Tower on the Palm Jumeirah archipelago. Construction on the property is scheduled to start this year, and the hotel will share space with the Nakheel Mall and Hotel complex. The entire completed projected is expected to open in 2016.

The Shangri-La hotel will be located on the first 18 floors of the 52-story building. The hotel will come with an outdoor pool, outdoor family dining, a health club and spa. A bridge and walkway will provide guests with direct access to the beach club, as well as the Palm Monoral and Nakheel Mall.

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“The Palm Tower’s strategic position at the heart of The Palm and alongside the Nakheel Mall makes the hotel the ideal location for anyone visiting Palm Jumeirah,” Shangri-La President and CEO Greg Dogan said in a statement. “The island is the ultimate address for a luxurious stay in Dubai for both visitors and U.A.E. residents, and we are thrilled to partner with Nakheel to open a Shangri-La hotel in this must-visit destination.”

Earlier in 2014, Rob Weeden, Shangri-La VP sales & marketing EMEA, India & Indian Ocean, told Hotelier Middle east that it was "no secret" that the company was looking for more opportunities to open properties in Dubai. Including this upcoming hotel, Shangri-La also currently operates properties in Deira and Downtown Dubai, two hotels in Abu Dhabi and a resort in Muscat, Oman. Two additional hotels are under development for the brand in Qatar.

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