Fairmont To Add Cairo, Dubai and Abu Dhabi

12th May 2004

  Tourism to the Middle East is growing
faster than any other area of the world.  Given the region’s popular new destinations, emerging new markets and strong intra-Arab travel,
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce plans to strengthen
brand presence in the Middle East with three additional properties. 
The company has entered into agreements to manage The Fairmont Cairo,
Nile City, The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort in Dubai and The Fairmont
Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas, all scheduled to open in 2006.
The Fairmont Cairo, Nile City

      The Fairmont Cairo, a 552-room luxury hotel in central Cairo,
will be located on a prime site overlooking the Nile, just 30-minutes
from the Sphinx and great Pyramids at Giza. The hotel will form the
third tower in the Nile City complex, one of the city’s most
prestigious office and retail projects with approximately 1,000,000
sq. ft. of office space, 120,000 sq. ft. of retail space, a cineplex
and restaurants in two existing 34-storey towers. The Fairmont Cairo
will include four restaurants, four bars and lounges, a business
centre and meeting space. A prized 24th floor rooftop location
overlooking the Nile and the Pyramids will showcase one of these
restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, a whirlpool and outdoor
function area.

  The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort

      The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort will include a 300-room
luxury resort and 460 vacation ownership residences situated on
Dubai’s The Palm, Jumeirah an extensive development on the Arabian
Gulf.  The Palm project includes The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm,
Jebel Ali, two manmade islands built in the shape of palm trees,
designed to enhance Dubai’s position as a premier global tourist
destination.  Each island will feature hotels, marinas, residential,
leisure and entertainment facilities.

      The entire Fairmont component will be located on the prime
southwest side of The Palm, Jumeirah’s trunk portion, in close
proximity to the island’s core features.  This resort will feature
extensive meeting space, outdoor leisure facilities including a beach
club and beach restaurant, a pool complex, a children’s activity
centre, a 15,000 sq. ft. Willow Stream spa and variety of
internationally themed dining facilities. Lush gardens and over 1,500
ft. of beachfront will give The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort the feel
of a seaside oasis.  This will be the brand’s second property in
Dubai, joining the very successful, city centre Fairmont Dubai, opened
in 2002.


The Fairmont Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas

      The Fairmont Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas will be located on the
city’s breakwater island development, overlooking the famed Abu Dhabi
Corniche. Destined to become the focal point for tourism and
recreation in Abu Dhabi, this area features an international marina
and the capital’s largest shopping centre, the Marina Mall.   

      Modelled on a traditional Arabian palace, this urban resort
will feature 265 guestrooms including Fairmont Gold, the brand’s
exclusive “hotel within a hotel” product. There will be a full complement of event facilities, with combined indoor and outdoor
function space totalling 60,000 sq. ft.  Extensive dining options will
include seven restaurants and bars, with twelve additional restaurants
and cafés in the adjacent Fairmont Restaurant Promenade. The resort
will feature a Willow Stream spa, a 10,000 sq. ft. swimming pool
complex with a special children’s section, a regulation FIFA football
pitch and a private sand beach in a secluded cove. A network of
seawater canals will connect the various facilities and guests will
travel among them in specially designed Arabic boats called shashas.
There are also plans to build 50, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas
as part of the resort.
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