Swiss-Belhotel inks fourth Gulf deal

Hong Kong-based Swiss-Belhotel International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an international investment company for a new hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The deal marks the group’s fourth property in the Gulf region, following quickly on the heels of hotel announcements in Kuwait, Doha and Sharjah.

The new 4 star business hotel will be called Swiss-Belhotel Elite, Dubai and will be located on the Mina Road nearby to Port Rashid and the Dubai Cruise Terminal. The hotel is ideally situated for business travellers, offering easy access to the World Trade Centre and commercial district of Dubai.

The low-rise hotel will feature 168 spacious rooms, 3 food & beverage outlets (including piano bar, all day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant), business centre, meeting rooms, retail shops, health club and gymnasium.

“Swiss-Belhotel Elite, Dubai is a new build which is currently under construction and is expected to be complete by year-end with a soft opening slated for May/June of 2008” said Mr Edgar Solenthaler, Vice President, Operations & Development, Middle East, Swiss-Belhotel International.

“Until recently the potential of the four star bracket in Dubai has been largely untapped, with few brands entering the market. That trend is changing. An increasing number of international brands including Swiss-Belhotel, have recognised the potential in Dubai and have either entered the market or made determined plans to do so. We will offer a much sought-after mid market solution for business travellers visiting the Emirate” he added.


Swiss-Belhotel International manages hotels in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Kuwait. The group also has a Middle East development office located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and three hotels under construction in the Middle East region including Doha, Sharjah and Dubai.