InterContinental to open Dubai Marina hotel

Arabian Business - September 9, 2012

InterContinental+Dubai+MarinaInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotelier by number of rooms, has signed an agreement with Dubai-based developer Select Group to open the InterContinental Dubai Marina, the firm said Sunday.

The hotel, which will form part of the Bay Central development in the Marina, is scheduled to open at the end of 2013, the group said. The property will include 132-hotel rooms as well as 196-studio, one, two, three and four-bedroom residential apartments.

The UK-based hotelier in May said it planned to hire between 10,000 and 15,000 staff in the Middle East as it ramps up its expansion plans in the region.

The firm, which operates five brands – InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Steybridge Suites – plans to open 40 new regional properties in the next three to five years, six of which will be in the UAE, said Pascal Gauvin, COO for IHG India, Middle East and Africa.

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