Minor group to launch new projects in GCC
Abu Dhabi, July 8, 2013
Minor International, a Thai hotel group, is set to launch new projects in the UAE and Qatar, as part of its expansion plans in the region.
William E Heinecke, chairman and CEO of the group, said the company is keen to boost its presence in Abu Dhabi and other parts of the UAE and to expand cooperation with the emirate’s tourism authorities.
He said Abu Dhabi is on the verge of a tourism boom following the launching of major hotels and relevant projects, that illustrate the emirate’s keenness to develop its economy and promote tourism.
Heinecke revealed plans for a new project in partnership with Oaks hotels and resorts in Abu Dhabi involving services and supplies for the company.
Heinecke met the management of the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi to strengthen cooperation and also met Ali Al Hammadi, managing director of the Tourism Development and Investment Company, to discuss the services provided by Abu Dhabi hotels and resorts managed by Anantara company, which is part of the Minor Group.
Anantara is expected to have a portfolio of seven properties in the region including five in Abu Dhabi, one in Dubai and another in Qatar, said a statement.
In Abu Dhabi, the company will offer 30 luxury villas at the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villas and Al Sahel Villas, besides the Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara which opened a conference centre and a water sports centre recently, it said.
In Dubai, Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort and Spa will be its first property in the emirate when it opens later this year.
In Qatar, Anantara Doha Island Resort & Spa is a new five-star resort under development on a 13-hectare island just off the coast of of Doha, which will open in late 2013, it added. - TradeArabia News Service