Minor expands in UAE

BANGKOK, 28 March 2017: Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement for a new AVANI property in the United Arab Emirates – AVANI Al Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah Resort.

Al Marjan is a collection of four man-made islands in Ras Al Khaimah, a 30-minute drive from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and a 50-minute transfer from Dubai International Airport.

Under development, projects on Al Marjan will include hotels, villas and residential units, in addition to marinas, retail and recreational facilities.

The new  hotel property will be developed by real estate developer Crowngate International and is scheduled to open in late 2019.

The 225-key AVANI Al Marjan Island will be located on View Island, already  home to retail complexes, hotels and resorts.

In addition to restaurants and spa, the resort will offer meeting and event facilities with a capacity of 200 people, a kids’ club and an outdoor swimming pool with beachfront access.

Ras Al Khaimah noted for its rich history and culture, along with diverse landscapes including mountains, desert and stunning coastline is seeing a strong growth in tourism on the back of improved air connectivity and new infrastructure developments. Minor Hotels’ Anantara brand already has a new resort under development in the emirate – the 225-key Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort due to open in 2019.

Minor Hotels currently operates 10 properties across four of its brands in the UAE in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The group’s pipeline for AVANI hotels includes two other upcoming properties in the UAE – the 372-key AVANI Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel and the 230-key AVANI Jebel Dhanna Resort in the coastal area of the Al Gharbia region of Abu Dhabi, both scheduled to open in 2019.