UAE: IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed a franchise agreement for its second Vignette Collection hotel in Dubai, located within the man-made World Islands off the city’s coast.
Scheduled to open in January 2026, Marbella Resort Hotel, Vignette Collection The World Islands Dubai will be located in The Heart of Europe – the flagship project under Kleindienst Group.
The Heart of Europe spans six islands and includes beachfront villas, premium hotels, an underwater living experience, as well as facilities including the coral institute dedicated to preserving and revitalising the marine ecosystem.
When complete, Marbella Resort Hotel, Vignette Collection The World Islands Dubai will feature 150 rooms overlooking the Arabian Gulf. It is currently under construction.
Haitham Mattar, managing director – India, Middle East and Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are excited to partner with The Heart of Europe to bring the second Vignette Collection resort to Dubai, a testament to IHG’s commitment to delivering exceptional stays and experiences for our guests. Marbella Resort Hotel, Vignette Collection The World Islands Dubai will significantly reimagine luxury and set future regional hospitality benchmarks. We look forward to welcoming travellers worldwide upon the hotel’s opening in 2026.”
Josef Kleindienst, founder and chairman of Kleindienst Group and The Heart of Europe, said: “It is an honour to partner with one of the world’s leading hotel groups to bring the Vignette Collection brand to The World Islands Dubai. This collaboration aligns with our vision of creating a unique destination in one of the world’s most iconic cities, and true to our commitment to excellence, Marbella Resort Hotel, Vignette Collection The World Islands Dubai promises to offer guests a remarkable and distinctive stay, drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of Dubai and presenting a perfect blend of luxury, innovation, and the beauty of the UAE.”
IHG currently operates 108 hotels across eight brands in the Middle East.