As Accor prepares to open the new 438-room
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach this September, the hotel company has
confirmed five additional properties that will strengthen the
brand’s worldwide portfolio.
In the United Arab Emirates, the brand is
developing the Sofitel Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road and the Sofitel Abu
Dhabi Capital Plaza.
Further East, in China, three new contracts have been
signed in the country’s eastern and southeastern regions. These
five new Sofitel properties are already under construction and
scheduled to begin opening at the end of 2010. These openings will
bring a total of 2,000 additional rooms to the hotel’s
presence in these regions.
“The signing of these five
contracts is a significant stage in Sofitel’s development across
these two regions of the world,” said Robert Gaymer-Jones, COO
Sofitel Worldwide. “It is evidence of our dynamic growth despite
the current economic situation and of the appeal of the brand’s
new positioning to investors.”
In the United Arab Emirates:
Sofitel Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road is located on the city’s
main thoroughfare with a view of the Burj Dubai Tower, just a
short walk from the Dubai Mall shopping center. The
hotel boasts 435 guestrooms and suites, 147 apartments
with services and various facilities including restaurants, bars, a fitness club
and large sauna, two pools, a ballroom and several meeting rooms.
Comprehensive facilities for business meetings and close proximity
to the Dubai International Financial Center and the Dubai World
Trade Center will position the hotel as a prime option for the
MICE market (meetings, incentives, conferences, events). The hotel
is scheduled to open by 2012.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Capital
Plaza is currently under construction and will welcome guests in
2010 to a refurbished building. It will feature 233
guestrooms and 47 suites, a fitness club and sauna, a pool,
restaurants, bars, several meeting rooms and the “Millesime Club”
executive lounge on the top two floors with sea views. The hotel
is located at the tip of the main island of Abu Dhabi, on the
Corniche – one of the oldest districts and a major attraction in
Sofitel is continuing development in
the region, with five other hotels currently under construction: the Sofitel Karachi Clifton in Pakistan, the
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Beach Resort in Bahrain and the Sofitel Al
Khobar in Saudi Arabia. In September 2009, the Sofitel Dubai
Jumeirah Beach and the future Sofitel Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort &
Spa will open in Dubai.
In China: 3 new properties will
join the 22 existing hotels.
Sofitel Qingdao (Eastern
China) is located close to Jinan next to the city’s business
district. The Sofitel Qingdao will provide 231 guestrooms and
suites decorated by Leo Design Bangkok, a fitness club (So Fit), a
spa (So Spa), an indoor pool, an outdoor pool on the beach and
shops. For business, the hotel will feature adaptable space, a
ballroom, several meeting rooms, a business center and a
convention center close to the beach.
The Sofitel Dongguan
(Southern China) is located in the
business district of Huanghe, not far from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and
Hong Kong. The hotel’s dining facilities will include the Lobby
lounge, a tea room, a Chinese restaurant, a Japanese restaurant
and a Western restaurant. The hotel will offer 443 guestrooms
including 85 suites, a ballroom, several meeting rooms, a business
center, a fitness club (So Fit), spa, indoor pool and shops.
Sofitel Guangzhou (Southern China) will be located
at the heart of Tianhe, the busiest central business district in
Guangzhou. With 496 rooms including 46 suites, the hotel will
provide a variety of adaptable space, a ballroom, several meeting
rooms and a business center. Leisure travelers will be pampered
with a fitness club (So Fit), spa (So Spa), indoor pool, beauty
parlor, games room and pool room.
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