Developer Nakheel and Spanish hotel chain RIU Hotels & Resorts are to build a beachfront resort at Deira Islands, Nakheel’s 15.3 square kilometre mixed-use waterfront city in Dubai.Â
The four-star all-inclusive resort will contain 750 rooms, making it one of the largest hotels in Dubai in terms of room numbers.Â
It will be located close to a range of forthcoming attractions at Deira Islands, including Nakheel’s Deira Mall and Deira Islands Night Souk.Â
Deira Islands coastal city will add 40km to Dubai’s coastline.Â Â
Ali Rashid Lootah, Nakheel’s chairman, said: "This is a milestone for our growing hospitality business and a significant step towards creating a new range of affordable, family resort-style hotel accommodation in the emirate, in line with the government of Dubai’s tourism vision for 2021."
RIU has more than 100 hotels in 19 countries. It employs nearly 29,000 people.
Nakheel’s expanding hospitality and leisure division plans to build 10 hotels at locations across Dubai over the next five years.Â
At the beginning of the year, Nakheel announced that its profit had risen 43% in 2014, passing the $1bn mark. The company is best known for artificial islands such as The World and the Palm Jumeirah.Â
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