Minor Hotels expands to MENA in 2022

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Published on : Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Minor Hotels expands to MENA in 2022

Minor Hotels, a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 529 hotels and resorts in 56 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, continues to grow its footprint in the Middle East and North Africa region. Having already launched two new properties in the region to date this year – an Anantara in the UAE and an Avani in Oman, the group will add four further new-build properties within the Middle East during 2022, including debuting two new brands to the region – NH Collection and NH Hotels. Minor Hotels will also soon share exciting news about expanding its footprint within the region into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Amir Golbarg, SVP Operations Minor Hotels, Middle East & Africa, commented, “2022 is an important year for Minor Hotels in this region. Having closed 2021 with a really strong consolidated performance over what was a challenging year, 2022 has started on an equally strong footing as all the countries we are present in get back to ‘normal’ operations. At the same time we continue to expand our footprint, having already launched two new hotels to date this year and will debut two new brands in the region in the coming months – NH Collection and NH Hotels, in addition to soon announcing upcoming hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country we’ve been looking to expand into.”

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Launched at the start of 2022 and just named on Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Hot List, Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort is the first luxury resort on Dubai’s World Islands archipelago. Located approximately 4km off the coast, the new island resort offers guests a new luxury destination in Dubai and a unique perspective on the city. The resort is comprised of 70 suites, beach and pool villas, multiple restaurants and bars, all benefitting from Dubai skyline views, in addition to Anantara’s signature Dining by Design which can be enjoyed in a bubble on the shoreline. Unique experiences include Hamacland, a floating lounge with hammocks and VIP food and drinks, and Cinema under the Stars. Anantara Spa offers a range of spa and wellness therapies.

Anantara will launch its second property in the Qatar capital later this year with the opening of The Plaza Doha Anantara Hotel & Suites. The hotel is in the final stages of development in the Um Ghuwelina area of the city, approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Hamad International Airport. The 222-key property is envisioned to become an iconic luxury destination in Doha with its grand architecture and classical design. It will include a large food and beverage offering with multiple dining options and a fully air-conditioned courtyard atrium anticipated to be the centrepiece of the property. Other facilities will include a spa and wellness area, a roof top infinity swimming pool and an indoor pool, a kids’ club, a fully equipped gym and a 1,200 square metre ballroom along with six other meeting rooms.

The 174-key Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort is scheduled to open in Q1 2023 and will be the group’s first property in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. Overlooking a private beach and an eco-reserve with mangroves, the resort will offer a range of luxury accommodation options including pool villas and the first Maldivian-style overwater villas in Ras Al Khaimah. A diverse selection of food and beverage options will include Mekong, an Asian restaurant showcasing Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese specialties. Facilities at the resort will include meeting and events space, a well-equipped gym, a large outdoor pool, a kid’s club and an extensive Anantara Spa.

Scheduled to open in late 2024, the 233-key Anantara Sharjah Resort will be located on a prime beachfront location in Sharjah, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes’ drive from Sharjah International Airport. The new-build resort will offer a selection of accommodation options including Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Suites. Facilities will include multiple dining options with a specialty restaurant, a male and female spa and wellness centre, a kids’ club, a swimming pool and a ballroom able to accommodate up to 500 guests for a banquet.

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