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IHG inks deal for new Dubai Holiday Inn

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed an agreement with the Al Yaquob Group to develop a new Holiday Inn hotel in the Bur Dubai district of Dubai, UAE. The new property is projected to open in the second half of 2008, and is one of 18 IHG hotels set to open in the country by the end of 2010.

Centrally located in the historic area of Dubai, Holiday Inn Bur Dubai will boast 400 rooms and extensive leisure and dining facilities including an all day dining restaurant, lobby lounge and rooftop health club. The property will also be the first Sharia compliant IHG hotel in the UAE and this attribute is expected to attract both intra-regional business and leisure travellers.

While the hotel’s central position will provide visitors with easy access to the city’s cultural sites and thriving shopping, business and recreation facilities, the meeting space and business centre will cater to corporate demand from the banking and IT sectors, with the renowned Bank and Computers Street close by.

John Bamsey, COO, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East & Africa, said, “IHG is committed to the expansion of the Holiday Inn brand across the Middle East and Africa, with 23 hotels planned for the region by the end of 2010. With Dubai expecting 40 million visitors by 2015, the hospitality industry must cater for a diversifying mix of traveller and therefore the need for an internationally-renowned brand offering modern facilities and unfailing dependability, service and value, is vital.”

Established for more than four decades, the Al Yaquob Group is a family business originating from Dubai. The group has various business interests mainly in the hospitality and real estate sectors. Currently the group is focusing on hotel developments, and has launched its flagship property ‘Al Yaquob Tower’ located on Sheikh Zayed Road.