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Revealed: 2014’s most exciting upcoming MidEast hotels

on January 6, 2014

Source: Arabian Business

The most anticipated hotels and developments for 2014 and beyond.

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Anantara Doha Island Resort & Spa, Doha Island

Proposed opening date: April 2014

Location: Doha Island, 20 mins boat ride/ 6 nautical miles from Doha City.

Owner: Minor Hotel Group in partnership with Al Rayyan Hospitality.

Architect: HRC

Interior designer: Woods Bagot (public areas) / HRC (guest rooms and villas).

Size of development: Located on a 13-hectare island.

Number of rooms: 141 (comprising 96 rooms and 45 pool villas).

F&B: Four restaurants and bars, including a contemporary Japanese restaurant and Arabic beach club.

Leisure facilities: Four pools, including a surf pool with wave machine, a hydro exercise pool and lagoon pool, Anantara Spa and an extensive Wellness & Holistic Centre, plus a 24-hour fitness centre and tennis court, kids club, a dedicated family beach, a nine-hole golf putting course, a ten-pin bowling alley and cinema, an off-shore reef home to a reef conservation centre with the opportunity for guests to plant their own coral, and a fully equipped diving centre.

MICE facilities: Ballroom accommodating up to 250 people for a banquet, two meeting rooms for up to 50 delegates, outdoor event space with capicity for 100 people.

Summary of USPs: Anantara Doha Island will be the sole off-shore escape for both Doha residents and visitors alike, representing an exclusive getaway from the hectic business city.

What Hotelier is most excited about: Hotelier is excited about the range of ambitious projects planned for the resort – from the ten-pin bowling alley to the off-shore reef.

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Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Proposed opening date: Q4 2014

Location: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Developer: Bright Start

Architect: WATG

Interior designer: BAMO

Size of development: 11-acre (4.45 hectare)

Number of rooms: 220 (including 49 suites)

F&B: Three restaurants including poolside dining

Leisure facilities: Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and private beach club.

MICE facilities: 600m ballroom with beachfront access.

Summary of USPs: Prime location in elite residential north end of Jumeirah Beach Road, just 2 km from Dubai’s central commercial district and with exclusive access to 270 metres of beach. Architecturally beautiful exterior and innovative interior design.

What Hotelier is most excited about: We want to see how Four Seasons? fulfills its promise of ‘raising the bar for luxury resorts in the region’ with this new development.

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Ajman Saray, Ajman

Proposed open date: February 2014

Location: Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, Ajman

Operator: Starwood

Owner: AJ Hospitality FZC – Ajman Free Zone Authority

Architect: Fouad Bensouda Architectural & Engineering Consultants

Interior designer: WA International

Number of rooms: 205

F&B: Mediterranean and middle eastern cuisine, two indoor restaurants

Leisure facilities: GoCo Spa, white-sand beach, fully-equipped gym, kid?s club, swimming pool

MICE facilities: Six event venues and ballroom

Summary of USPs: The first beach-side Luxury Collection Resort in the Middle East offering a coastal sanctuary for weekend breaks and beach escapes off the beaten track.

What Hotelier is most excited about: We are excited about seeing what the first Luxury Collection beach-side property in the UAE has to offer.

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Dubai Marriot Hotel Al Jaddaf & Marriott Executive Apartments Al Jaddaf

Proposed opening date: January 2014

Location: Near the royal residence, Zabeel Palace, 10 minutes from The Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai International Airport.

Owner: Nilona Holding FZ LLC (Onyx Group-Sharjah)

Interior designer: WA International

Size of development: Plot size: 7,832 m2; Build area: 51,358m?

Number of rooms: 352 guest rooms and 128 executive apartments

F&B: Seven food and beverage outlets including poolside al fresco dining

Leisure facilities: Saray spa, health club, children?s pool, whirlpool

MICE facilities: More than 1,100m2 of meeting space, 526m2 of ballroom space, business centre

USP: Conveniently located 10 minutes from both business and leisure hubs in Dubai, this opening will be the flagship hotel in the Middle East for Marriott International?s new brand voice, reflecting the lifestyle of next generation of travelers, who blend work and play in a mobile and global world.

What Hotelier is most excited about: Hotelier is looking forward to seeing how the new Marriott Red Coat Direct app is received as it is rolled out at the Al Jaddaf property for the first time in the Middle East. The app allows a meeting planner to communicate in real time with Marriott ?red coat? staff on any device, ensuring that their needs are taken care of immediately.

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InterContinental Dubai Marina

Proposed opening date: Q4 2014

Owner: Select Group

Location: Dubai Marina

Interior designer: WA International

Number of rooms: 132 hotel rooms and 196 InterContinental Residential Suites

F&B: Eight food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, bars and a 600m2 night club. It’s believed to house a restaurant by celebrity chef Jason Atherton as well as the Whiskey Mist brand, although IHG is currently keeping details under wraps.

Leisure facilities: InterContinental spa, health club and outdoor swimming pool and pool deck

MICE facilties: Boardroom and eight meeting rooms, the largest of which will accommodate 100 people.

What Hotelier is most excited about: The views from the three-tower development that IHG promises will be ‘magnificent’.

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The Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan

Proposed opening date: Q1 2014

Location: Rashid Bin Saeed Road (formerly Airport Road) / Rabdan St (formally 29th St) Abu Dhabi

Owner: United Al Saqer Group – HE Sheikh Mohamed Bin Butti Al Hamid

Number of rooms: 279 apartments

Facilities: Full use of adjacent Novotel restaurants, bars, fitness and wellness centre.

USP: The Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan is the first in the ambitious roll out of 10 Adagio Aparthotels across the region in three years. It marks the first Adagio branded property in Middle East.

What Hotelier is most excited about: This development reflects the trend for long-stay guests in the UAE’s major destinations and promises upper-midscale, home-from-home comfort.

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Fairmont Riyadh

Proposed opening date: Q3, 2014

Developer: Tatweer

Location: Business Gate, Riyadh

Interior designer: LWD Design Group

Architect: Yhmimar Cairo

Number of rooms: 304 rooms and suites

F&B: Six food and beverage outlets including all-day Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, Gold Lounge with media room, meeting rooms and casual dining, and a chocolatier.

Leisure facilities: Men’s health club and fitness centre with four treatment rooms and grooming salon, private swimming pool, exclusive ladies only floor with lounge, fitness centre, two treatment rooms, salon and manicure and pedicure stations. Ladies-only rooms all inclusive of bespoke OS&E, 68m? bridal suite with direct lift access to ballroom, 98m? majilis lounge with direct access to ballroom.

MICE facilities: Two 1450m2 ballrooms including state of the art AV technology throughout with direct AV connection to meeting rooms and external TV channel broadcast facilities; dedicated pre- function areas of 680m?; eight meeting rooms and library totaling 1400m2 with state of the art AV technology; one fixed conference room.

USP: First of its kind truly integrated development in Riyadh. Strategic location at Business Gate within an office park. The hotel will offer world class dining facilities, meeting space and luxurious rooms and suites along with the signature Fairmont Gold product.

What Hotelier is most excited about: This hotel promises to offer a much needed fully equipped business hub in a strategic location in Riyadh.

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Alila, Jabal Akhdar hotel, Oman

Proposed open date: Q2, 2014

Owner: Omran

Location: Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Interior designer: P49

Architect: Consultancy by W S Atkins

Size: site 3.6km2; built up area 17,000m2

Number of rooms: 84 Suites and 2 Jabal Villas

F&B: Three outlets including an al fresco option.

Leisure facilities: Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa Alila with seven treatment rooms including Vichy shower, plus steam rooms and Jacuzzi rooms for males and females.

MICE facilities: Two boardrooms seating up to 50 people each.

USP: Set 2,000 metres above sea level, overlooking a dramatic gorge with views of the Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar is positioned for exploration of the region?s renowned rugged landscapes, a haven for adventure travellers, nature lovers and those seeking an escape from the desert heat.

What Hotelier is most excited about: This is the brand debut for Alila in the Middle East, which promises a sustainable focus and a design in keeping with Omani tradition.

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Anjum Makkah

Proposed open date: Q1, 2014

Developer: Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment Co. (ALJREIC)

Location: Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Number of rooms: 1,743 guest rooms and suites, most with views over the Holy Haram

F&B: The lobby lounge, Atlas Cafe, accommodates 780 guests and serves snacks 24 hours a day. Two main all-day dining restaurants, Joud Restaurant and Karam restaurant, can seat all 3500 guests at once, and feature International, Asian and oriental buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Leisure facilities: Azad lounge and separate large prayer rooms for males and females.

MICE facilities: Fully Equipped business centre; multipurpose hall equipped for meetings, weddings and events.

USP: Combining the accommodation, service and Hijazi hospitality, the Anjum Hotel, Makkah has been designed as a place where spirituality meets hospitality.

What Hotelier is most excited about: This opening from a home-grown brand will provide a spiritual retreat in the heart of Makkah.

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Grand Millenium Sulaimaniya

Proposed open date: Q2 2014

Developer: Faruk Group Holding

Location: Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan, Iraq

Owner: Faruk Group Holding

Interior designer: David Wren International (DWI)

Architect: ARKONSULT Engineering

Number of rooms: 250 rooms with a dedicated executive lounge catering to over 60 suites

F&B: Four restaurants with a revolving concept at the top of the property

Leisure facilities: Luxury spa and health club

MICE facilities: Ballroom, six meeting rooms, Executive Club Lounge

USP: The five-star branded property will be an iconic landmark in the Kurdistan region

What Hotelier is most excited about: This development aims to be known as the ‘Burj Al Arab of Kurdistan’. Hotelier looks forward to seeing if this vision comes true.

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Bluewaters Island, Dubai

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Cristal Amaken Hotel, Riyadh

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Dubai Pearl

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Al Habtoor City

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Helix Hotel, Abu Dhabi

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JAFZA Convention Centre Hotel, Dubai

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Katara Towers, Lusail Marina District, Doha, Qatar

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Mandarin Oriental Doha

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Millennium Bab Al Qasr, Abu Dhabi

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh North Ring Road

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Shaza Doha

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Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah

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