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Cinema themed hotel to open in Deira

Majid Al Futtaim has announced plans to build the first cinema themed hotel in the region – at Aloft Dubai City Centre Deira. The hotel will feature a cinematic themed floor of 25 standard rooms and four suite rooms designed to create an integrated lifestyle offering through the combination of technology, modern style and guest experience. Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International said: “We are excited about the progress of the project and continue to work with our partnersMajid Al Futtaim to redefine the traditional hotel experience in Deira with the opening of the Aloft. The brand holds great appeal with its vibrant social scene and tech-forward mindset and we look forward to setting new benchmarks with Aloft in the UAE and across the Middle East.” Construction work on the project is currently 38% completed and the second phase of project development is due to begin in June 2017 leading up to expected opening in Q1 2018.



Mama Shelter comes to Dubai Mama Shelter has announced plans to open a hotel in Dubai’s Business Bay by 2020. The property, which is partnered with AccorHotels, will feature a mix of modern hotel rooms, with one bedroom and two bedroom residences offering design elements specially crafted by famed interior designer Thierry Gaugain. Designed by Franklin Azzi Architecture, Mama Shelter Dubai will have 201 rooms and 80 residences. The architect said: “Mama will offer a unique tower to Dubai. A pure glass coat covering a wooden skin made by each rooms’ shutters. “The rooms are sanctuaries with the comforts of home coupled with all the needs of digital modernity, with spacious king size beds and high speed Wi-Fi. With 300 square meters of space set aside for collaboration, travelers will have room to gather, create or simply hang out.” MAMA Shelter Dubai marks the eighth location for the brand. The property will include 201 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, rooftop bar, lobby bar, café, volleyball court, basketball court and swimming pool.

Major signings for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Makkah The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of two major hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The hotel giant announced a management agreement with Saudi company Al Majd Al Arabiah comprising a total of 2,850 rooms. This will result in the opening of the world’s largest Radisson Blu hotel, featuring over 1,250 rooms. Located in the Aziziyah District in Makkah the Radisson Blu Hotel Al Hidaya will be situated in the Al Hidaya Complex, which is already welcoming pilgrims across 10 towers and features 4,500 rooms. Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said: “We are privileged to continue on our strong journey in Saudi Arabia with Al Majd Al Arabiah and we thank our partner for their trust with the addition of the world’s biggest Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the holy city of Makkah. We are thrilled to cement our position as one of the leading operators in the holy city and look forward to a successful journey with our partners. “With our compelling brand proposition, operational excellence, guest centric mindset and pragmatic business approach, we are determined to unlock shareholder value to our owners and stakeholders throughout this journey.”

Hotel News ME- June 2017  
Hotel News ME- June 2017