Minor Hotel Group signs deals for UAE expansion

The UAE is getting some major investment from Minor Hotel Group, a hotel owner, operator and investor. The Group is expanding in the United Arab Emirates through a partnership with Nakheel to co-invest and develop a 500-room Avani hotel in Dubai, set to open in 2018. At the same time, MHG has announced the Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort, its first property in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
Avani Deira Dubai Hotel will be located in Deira Islands, a waterfront entertainment, tourist and residential destination being developed in alignment with Dubai Vision 2020. Comprising four islands situated adjacent to Dubai’s Deira district, with a total area of over 15.3 square kilometres, Deira Islands, master developed by Nakheel, will have several beachfront resorts, hotels and residential communities, a shopping mall, a waterfront night market and an amphitheatre that can accommodate up to 30,000 people. 

The new-build hotel is the first of MHG’s Avani brand to be announced in the UAE. The brand was launched by Minor Hotel Group in 2011 as a value-focused option, and currently has 13 properties in Asia and Africa, with a pipeline of further openings.


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“Our partnership with Minor Hotel Group is yet another milestone for our growing hospitality business, and highlights our commitment to creating new tourism concepts in line with the Government of Dubai’s tourism vision for 2021," Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said in a statement. "Our strategy is to join forces with international partners who are serious about being part of Deira Islands, and then bring a range of new, international brands to this new waterfront city…Nakheel now has 1,250 new hotel rooms in the pipeline through joint ventures at Deira Islands, with more partnerships under negotiation.”

“The Middle East is a key market for Minor Hotel Group," Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group, added, "both for outbound business to our properties worldwide and also to further expand our footprint within the region."

Also scheduled to open in 2018, the Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort is slated to begin development soon in Mina al Arab, a mixed-use development, separated from the mainland by a small lagoon. Mina Al Arab is being developed by RAK Properties, a UAE real estate developer, listed on the Abu Dhabi stock exchange, and will include a mix of residential, hospitality and retail components.

Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort will have 225 guestrooms, suites and Maldivian-style overwater villas, the first in Ras Al Khaimah. Facilities at the resort will include meeting and events space with a ballroom seating 250, a health club with a gym, aerobics room and a yoga room, squash courts, a tennis court, a large outdoor pool, a kid’s club with a specialty kid’s restaurant and an extensive Anantara Spa.

The resort will be located in a secluded area of Mina Al Arab with a private beach and overlooking an eco reserve with mangroves. The area around the eco reserve will be home to an Eco-Learning Center and will not be further developed.

Mina Al Arab is located along the coast, just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, 15 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and 10 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah City. Mina Al Arab is an architecturally designed and landscaped waterfront community constructed along a stretch of coast, south of the city, where much of the tourism development in the emirate is taking place.

MHG now has a total of ten hotels and resorts in operation across multiple brands in the Middle East, having added its first property in Qatar at the beginning of the year. The group’s growing pipeline in the MENA region includes two Anantara resorts in Oman – one in Jabal Al Akhdar and another in Salalah, a second Anantara in Dubai and the group’s first properties in North Africa with Anantara resorts recently announced in Morocco and Tunisia. Minor Hotel Group also has a portfolio of nine hotels in the UAE across three of its brands – Anantara, PER AQUUM and Oaks. Overall, Anantara currently has a portfolio of 34 hotels and resorts in operation in ten countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Africa and the Middle East, along with a pipeline of more than ten properties in multiple countries. Globally, MHG has a portfolio of 134 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean,