Hotel Indigo to make UAE debut

UAE: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)  has announced the launch of its Hotel Indigo brand in the UAE with the signing of a management agreement with Sunflower FZE for a 285-room Hotel Indigo in Dubai.

Located in the Business Bay District – a large, master-planned, mixed use community – the Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay will feature an infinity edged pool, a fitness centre, meeting space, an all-day dining restaurant, delicatessen, specialty restaurant, bar, and rooftop pool terrace with lounge, bar and restaurant.

Pascal Gauvin, COO India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said: “Hotel Indigo is one of the fastest growing boutique hotel brands in the world and we know our guests love the unique neighbourhood story each Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect. As one of the fastest growing cosmopolitan cities in the world, it has always been our plan to bring Hotel Indigo to Dubai and we are honoured to have been selected to partner with Sunflower FZE to develop their first hospitality project – and under the Hotel Indigo brand. When complete in 2017, we are confident Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay will be one of the preferred hotels amongst travellers to Dubai, whether they visit on business or leisure.”

Jitendra Bhatia, director of Sunflower FZE said: “Dubai as an investment market has evolved tremendously over the four decades since we have been here. Travel and tourism has picked up pace and we are looking at a growing service economy which is in need of more hotel rooms to cater to a rising proportion of GCC and international travellers. This is our first foray into the hospitality space and IHG was a natural choice when we were looking for a reputable hotel company to partner with. We are very pleased to be developing the first Hotel Indigo in the UAE and look forward to developing a great and inspired hotel experience for our guests.”

IHG currently has 18 hotels open in the UAE, with another 10 hotels due to open in the next three to five years. Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay will be the first Hotel Indigo in the UAE and second in the Middle East, joining Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdullah Financial District in Saudi Arabia, which is set to open in 2016. There are currently 62 Hotel Indigo hotels around the world and 62 hotels in IHG’s global pipeline due to open in the next three to five years.

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