BANGKOK, THAILAND—Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 134 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has entered into a strategic partnership with Nakheel to co-invest and develop a 500-key Avani hotel in Dubai, to open in 2018.
Avani Deira Dubai Hotel will be located in Deira Islands, a waterfront entertainment, tourist and residential destination being developed in alignment with Dubai Vision 2020. Comprising four islands situated adjacent to Dubai’s Deira district, 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 amphitheater 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 across the Arabian Gulf.
The new-build hotel is the first of MHG’s Avani brand to be announced in the UAE. The brand 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.
MHG currently has a portfolio of nine hotels in the UAE across three of its brands—Anantara, Per Aquum and Oaks.