IHG and Al-Futtaim sign deal for UAE’s largest Holiday Inn hotel at Dubai Festival City
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and Al-Futtaim, one of the region’s most progressive business houses headquartered in Dubai, have signed an agreement for the management of the largest Holiday Inn hotel in the UAE.
The 520-room Holiday Inn® Dubai Festival City will operate under a management agreement with Dubai Festival City Real Estate Development LLC owned by Al Futtaim, who also own InterContinental® Dubai Festival City, InterContinental® Residence Suites, Crowne Plaza® Dubai Festival City, and Al Badia Golf Club.
Marking the fifth property in partnership between IHG and Al-Futtaim, the hotel will be located in Dubai Festival City, a well-established, mixed-use waterfront community comprising some of the finest retail, residential and commercial properties in Dubai. Expected to be completed towards the end of 2017, the property will be the first branded mid-market hotel in the area.
Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City joins the luxury InterContinental Dubai Festival City hotel and the business oriented Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City in the community. From the Club InterContinental lounge at InterContinental, to Kids Eat Free at Holiday Inn, all three IHG properties are intended to meet a broad range of guests’ needs.
The new hotel will connect directly to Dubai Festival City Mall, which boasts a large variety of dining options and popular international retail outlets. With convenient road access to Dubai’s iconic landmarks and situated only two kilometres from Dubai International Airport, the hotel is set to benefit from both business and leisure demand.
Chris O’Donnell, Group Director Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) said: “Following the major redevelopment and expansion of the Dubai Festival City Mall and the development of the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, we will be providing visitors and residents with a complete range of retail, business and leisure activities and wide ranging accommodation to guests and residents alike. This hotel marks our sixth project with IHG and with our collaboration thus far has resulted in great success; we are confident our continued partnership will be one the enablers of our growth ambition in the Middle East.”
The hotel will feature an adjoining café and restaurant, a rooftop grill, health club, four meeting rooms and a conference centre with a capacity to seat 200 people. Holiday Inn is the right brand to give guests exactly what they want and need from a hotel stay, from modern design and in-room amenities to free internet through IHG’s industry leading loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club, now with over 99 million members worldwide.