Centara to manage resort on new Dubai islands
Dubai developer Nakheel has signed a joint venture agreement with Thailand's Centara for a 550- room beachfront resort in the Deira Islands, the manmade archipelago currently under construction.
Under the agreement, the two companies will develop the upscale resort – Centara’s first in the UAE – featuring a waterpark, F& B outlets, a kids’ club, spa and fitness centre. The resort’s soft opening is mooted for 2019 with a grand opening to follow in 2020.
Deira Islands, a 15.3km ² tourism and leisure destination, will add 40km - including 21km of beach - to Dubai’s coastline. Nakheel has already invested more than AED3 billion ( US$ 817 million) in infrastructure work, including a bridge to the islands.
The developer has also signed a joint venture with Spain’s Riu Hotels & Resorts for an 800- room all- inclusive resort and waterpark on the islands, while another Thai hotel group, Minor, is planning a 500- room Avani- branded beach resort.
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