The region’s largest hotel operator plans to follow up the signing of agreements for the InterContinental Dubai Festival City and the InterContinental Lagos with further expansion of the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn chains over the next few years.
“We’re looking to expand each of the brands with more new properties in cities and resorts across the region,” said Chris Moloney, chief operating officer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East and Africa. “This goes hand in hand with our commitment to finding new and innovative ways to further enhance the quality of service to all our guests.”
Richard Hartman, managing director, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Europe, Middle East and Africa signed management contracts with the owners of the InterContinental Dubai Festival City and the InterContinental Lagos within an hour of each other earlier in the week in Dubai.
The first of three hotels to be confirmed for Dubai’s waterfront “city-within-a-city”, the InterContinental Dubai Festival City will offer 370 rooms, including 50 suites and 80 Club rooms, as well as 80 InterContinental Residence Suites apartments. The one, two and three bedroom apartments, ranging from 80 to 180 sq metres in size, will be ideal for long-stay guests, including families visiting from other parts of the Middle East.
Forming an integral part of Dubai Festival City’s retail and entertainment destination, the “Crescent”, the hotel will also feature eight restaurants, a spacious Club InterContinental lounge, extensive banqueting facilities to accommodate meetings for 12 to 1,000 people, a large spa and fitness centre, as well as 600 dedicated car parking spaces.
InterContinental Hotels Group now has seven properties under development in the Middle East and Africa where it already manages 72 InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels and resorts. The latest addition, the 453-room InterContinental Abu Soma Resort Red Sea, opened last month. Next month, the 792-room InterContinental Heliopolis Cairo opens as part of the $600 million CityStars project which combines shopping, entertainment, office and residential facilities. Also under development are InterContinental hotels in Taba, Egypt and Aqaba, Jordan, along with Holiday Inn properties in Cairo and Jordan.
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