Dubai World has announced
it is to partner with One&Only Resorts in the development and management
of its new $150m luxury resort in Zanzibar, which is scheduled to open
One&Only Zanzibar will feature a 150-room luxury hotel, a 50-room
residence and a spa retreat on a 76-hectare site at Muyuni Beach in
Zanzibar. The project was announced on 20 September following a
strategic agreement between Dubai World and the Zanzibar Government with
construction of the resort starting soon.
One&Only Resorts is one of the world’s premier luxury hotel brands with
six resorts in the Bahamas, Dubai, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mexico.
The award-winning group is owned by Kerzner International, in which
Istithmar, a Dubai World company, holds a share.
Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World, said: ‘Our Zanzibar resort
aims to be one of the most beautiful and luxurious resort destinations
in the world. Our choice of partner was therefore critical. One&Only
resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence and One&Only Zanzibar
will be a truly spectacular property. I am delighted we have been able
to extend our relationship with One&Only and its parent company Kerzner
Sol Kerzner, Chairman and CEO of Kerzner International, said: ‘We are
already working on a number of exciting projects with companies in the
Dubai World portfolio. Zanzibar is an exotic destination for the
discerning traveller and I know we are going to develop and operate an
Muyuni Beach is situated on an exclusive part of Zanzibar overlooking an
atoll of coral reefs boasting some of Africa’s leading dive sites. The
resort is a 45-minute drive to Stone Town, the island’s famous world
heritage site, and only a 15-minute flight from Dar Es Salam as well as
within easy flight access from Dubai and Nairobi.