Having already launched two new properties in the region to date this year, an Anantara in the United Arabic Emirates and an Avani in Oman, Minor Hotels will add several properties within the Middle East by the year 2024.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Launched at the start of 2022, Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort is the first luxury resort on Dubai’s World Islands archipelago. The resort is comprised of 70 suites, beach and pool villas, multiple restaurants and bars in addition to Anantara’s signature Dining by Design which can be enjoyed in a bubble on the shoreline. It also features a floating lounge with hammocks, a Cinema under the Stars, and a wellness area.
Anantara will launch its second property in the Qatar capital later this year with the opening of The Plaza Doha Anantara Hotel & Suites. The hotel is in the final stages of development in the Um Ghuwelina area of the city. he 222-key property is envisioned to become an iconic luxury destination in Doha. It will include a large F&B offering and a courtyard atrium anticipated to be the centrepiece of the property. Other facilities will include a spa and wellness area, a roof top infinity swimming pool and an indoor pool, a kids’ club, a fully equipped gym and a 1,200 square metre ballroom along with six other meeting rooms.
The 174-key Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort is scheduled to open in Q1 2023 and will be the group’s first property in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Overlooking a private beach, the resort will offer a range of luxury accommodation options including pool villas and the first Maldivian-style overwater villas in Ras Al Khaimah. A diverse selection of F&B options will include Mekong, an Asian restaurant showcasing Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese specialties. It will also include meeting and events space, a well-equipped gym, a large outdoor pool, a kid’s club and an extensive Anantara Spa.
Scheduled to open in late 2024, the 233-key Anantara Sharjah Resort will be located on a prime beachfront location in Sharjah. The new-build resort will offer a selection of accommodation options including Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Suites. Facilities will include a large F&B offering with a specialty restaurant, a spa and wellness centre, a kids’ club, a swimming pool and a ballroom able to accommodate up to 500 guests for a banquet.
Avani Hotels & Resorts
Opened in January, the new-build Avani Muscat Hotel is located in Seeb, a prime residential area at the heart of the Omani capital’s westward growth. Accommodation options include 161 guest rooms, 45 studios and one, two- and three-bedroom serviced apartments, F&B offering includes Trisis specialising in Omani, Arabic and international cuisines, Avani's grab-and-go concept Pantry and the alfresco Patio Bar. It also features a 720 sqm ballroom, meeting rooms and a private majlis.
Avani Bilaj Al Jazayer Bahrain Resort, set to open in 2024, will be part of Bilaj Al Jazayer, a new waterfront leisure mixed-use masterplan. The new 110-key hotel will offer a selection of guest rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, an Avani Pantry and a pool bar, in addition to an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and meeting space. The hotel will share a beach club with the adjacent Tivoli hotel within the Bilaj Al Jazayer development.
Tivoli Hotels & Resorts
The 110-key Tivoli Bilaj Al Jazayer Bahrain Resort will be part of Bilaj Al Jazayer. Scheduled for a 2024 opening, the hotel’s facilities will include guest rooms and suites, two restaurants, two bars and a café, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, plus spa and wellness facilities. The Tivoli hotel will share a beach club with Avani within the Bilaj Al Jazayer development.
Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites
Scheduled to open in 2025, Oaks Egypt New Capital Apartments & Suites will bring a total of approximately 400 apartments and suites to the market in this fast-developing new administrative and financial capital. The new-build hotel will be housed across two wings, connected centrally at the rooftop and on the ground floor with a spacious retail area. One wing will feature a mix of Suites and Studios, in addition to One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom branded apartments. The other will feature 203 branded Suites. Facilities at the property will include multiple restaurants, a lobby lounge, a spa and gym, a rooftop pool deck in addition to meeting and co-working spaces.
Opening in October 2022, NH Collection Doha Oasis Hotel & Beach Club is in the later stages of development and will be both the first NH Collection property in the Middle East region and the first of the brand globally with a beach club. The 300-key hotel is located in the Ras Abu Abboud area along Doha’s eastern coast. It will feature a mix of guest rooms and over 50 suites, six restaurants and bars, including two specialty restaurants and a rooftop bar, in addition to a beach club with a swimming pool, padel tennis courts, spas and gyms, a large ballroom and substantial parking.
The Vyra Suites NH Collection Doha is a 228-key serviced apartment property located in West Bay, Doha’s prominent business district. Scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2022, the new-build 44-storey property is comprised of 72 one-bedroom, 144 two-bedroom, and 12 three-bedroom apartments as well as a restaurant, coffee shop, fully equipped gym, indoor swimming pool, kids’ club, teens room, and a number of meeting rooms.
Currently in the final stages of development, NH Dubai The Palm will open its doors in Q4 this year with 227 guest rooms and suites, in addition to 306 serviced apartments. Located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, it will include multiple restaurants and bars, three spa treatment rooms, a fully-equipped gym, a rooftop bar, an infinity pool, a kids’ club and four meeting rooms. The new 14-storey hotelwill be the first of the brand to launch in the Middle East.
2022 is an important year for Minor Hotels in this region. Having closed 2021 with a really strong consolidated performance over what was a challenging year, 2022 has started on an equally strong footing as all the countries we are present in get back to ‘normal’ operations. At the same time we continue to expand our footprint, having already launched two new hotels to date this year and will debut two new brands in the region in the coming months – NH Collection and NH Hotels, in addition to soon announcing upcoming hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country we’ve been looking to expand into.
Amir Golbarg, Senior Vice President Operations Minor Hotels, Middle East & Africa