Thailandís Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has entered
into a strategic partnership with Nakheel to co-invest and develop
a 500-key Avani hotel in Dubai, to open in 2018.
The Avani Deira Dubai Hotel will be
located in Deira Islands, a unique waterfront entertainment,
tourist and residential destination being developed in alignment
with Dubai Vision 2020.
Comprising four islands situated adjacent
to Dubaiís Deira district, with a total area of over 15.3 square
kilometres, Deira Islands, master developed by Nakheel, will
feature a variety of beachfront resorts, hotels and residential
communities, a shopping mall, a waterfront night market and an
amphitheatre able to accommodate up to 30,000 people.
The Avani hotel will be close to Dubai International Airport, with
views of the Dubai skyline and Persian Gulf.
Avani was launched by Minor Hotel Group in 2011
and currently has 13
properties in operation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia,
the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zambia,
with a pipeline of further openings.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO
Minor Hotel Group, said, ďWe are really excited to announce
the launch of our Avani brand in the UAE and also to be entering
into a new strategic partnership with Nakheel, such a well
respected partner in the region, and one that we plan to enjoy a
fruitful ongoing relationship with going forward. Deira Islands is
an impressive project and we are very pleased to have the
opportunity to introduce Avani into the Dubai market in this new
MHG currently has a portfolio of nine hotels
in the UAE across three of its brands Ė Anantara, Per Aquum and
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