Rezidor to Build 2 New Hotels in Dubai

The Rezidor Hotel Group is expanding its presence in Dubai with the development of two hotels with a total of 450 rooms set to open in the United Arab Emirates city by late 2011. The company will build the Radisson DMCC Business Park Hotel, a 32-story complex with 150 rooms, and a second hotel with 300 rooms in cooperation with DMCC Business Park in the DMCC Freezone. The Radisson will feature three restaurants, a bar, a pub, ballroom, executive lounge, meeting rooms and fitness center. The second hotel, which has not been branded, will have its own restaurant and lobby lounge but will share meeting rooms, fitness facilities and additional restaurants with the Radisson. “Dubai is the economical heart of the United Arab Emirates and a very important market for us,” Kurt Ritter, Rezidor CEO & president, said today in a news release. “These two new contracts bring our portfolio in the Emirates to 10 properties in operation and under development–among them the award-winning properties Radisson SAS Dubai Deira Creek and Radisson SAS Dubai Media City.” The hotels will be developed next to the Jumeirah Lake Towers and opposite Dubai Marina. The new projects will also be located near the Al Maktoum International Airport, which is expected to handle between 120 million and 160 million passengers a year when finished. In December, Rezidor announced it was building the Radisson Hotel Jumeirah Dubai, a 240-room hotel, set to open in late 2009. That hotel, to be located on Jumeirah beach within the free zone of Dubai Media City, will have two restaurants, 13 meeting rooms, a ballroom and fitness center. Carlson Cos. is the main shareholder in Rezidor, which is based in Brussels, Belgium, and has a portfolio of more than 330 hotels in operation and under development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. And Rezidor is far from the only hospitality company building in Dubai, which is becoming one of the top resort destinations in the world. CPN reported yesterday that Zabeel Properties is planning an 800-room, upper-upscale resort in Dubai that will be designed in part by actor Brad Pitt. Zabeel Properties is also building Tiara Village, a retail development on the east side of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai that will be located adjacent to its $1 billion Tiara Palma Hotel and Residences project, according to a May 22 CPN article. During a late April trip to Dubai, J.W. Marriott, Jr., head of Marriott International Inc., announced he had signed the first of four development deals in three countries in the Middle East. CPN reported April 22 that Marriott expected to expand its Middle East portfolio from 26 to 65 by 2011.