Ishraq, majority-owned by Dubai International Capital, is developing the 279-room Holiday Inn Express Manama, due to open its doors in the fall of 2011. The hotel will be the brand’s first venture in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the first outside of Dubai. It will join the three existing Holiday Inn Express properties in Dubai, namely Dubai Internet City, Safa Park and Jumeirah.
A fourth property in Dubai, strategically located opposite Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, opens in January 2010, which will become the world’s largest operating Holiday Inn Express property, offering 381 rooms, targeting the price-conscious business and leisure travellers seeking quality lodgings at affordable rates.
Sami Al Ansari, CEO of Ishraq Gulf Real Estate said:
“We are very excited about our entry into Bahrain and the opportunities its hospitality sector holds. We look forward to offering a unique product with the reliability and quality that have become synonymous with the Holiday Inn Express brand. Holiday Inn Express Manama is conveniently located in Bahrain’s business district, just minutes away from Bahrain International Airport, the King Fahd Causeway, Bahrain Financial Harbour, diplomatic missions and the shopping district.”
“Business and leisure travellers are increasingly demanding high quality accommodation without premium pricing – a trend we expect will continue for several years to come. With the decrease in corporate travel-related expenses and the growing number of budget-conscious travellers, demand has risen for budget and limited service hotels, especially branded ones that do not compromise on quality and provide great value with excellent accommodation and services that one would expect.”
“IHG is delighted to again be working in partnership with Ishraq to develop Express by Holiday Inn Manama. The limited service sector is a burgeoning new segment in the Middle East and IHG is committed to ensuring that we are at the forefront of this development,” explained John Bamsey, Chief Operating Officer, IHG, Middle East and Africa.
“The fact that we have three Express properties open in such a short period highlights our dedication to growing the limited service sector throughout the region. We are proud to be offering limited service hotels to our customers; particularly those travellers who are simply looking for a great night’s sleep at an affordable price.”
Bahrain’s first Holiday Inn Express will be located in the heart of Manama’s Exhibition Area between the central commercial, business and government districts. The property, with a total built up area in excess of 21,000 square metres, will include 17 floors of guest rooms and hotel facilities in addition to a multi-storey car park.
The hotel will offer a host of onsite facilities that include a mini-gym, an ‘Express Communications Centre’ equipped with essential business facilities such as fax, internet, printing and copying services, in addition to several meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 40 delegates, lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and a complimentary daily ‘Great Breakfast’. Each modern room comes with features such as a pillow menu and enhanced en-suite facilities including a power shower, all designed to provide guests with a more refreshing and comfortable stay.
Holiday Inn Express Manama will be operated by Ishraq Hospitality Management, a subsidiary of Ishraq Gulf Real Estate Holding Company.
Ishraq plans to continue its regional expansion, developing further Holiday Inn Express branded properties in the region over the next few years. Locations of future properties include Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Muscat.
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