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IHG Signs Deal to Open First Crowne Plaza Resort in the UAE

Dubai, UAE—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced it has signed an agreement with Kuwaiti-owned Almadina Real Estate Development to open a 442-room Crowne Plaza Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The hotel is currently under development on the manmade Marjan Island.

Scheduled to open in 2015, Crowne Plaza Resort Ras Al Khaimah will span more than 18,000 square meters and feature nine food and beverage outlets. These include an all-day dining restaurant with show kitchen, an alfresco dining terrace, a cigar lounge, two coffee shops, a pool bar, and traditional bar and nightclub. Corporate guests will benefit from the property’s six meeting rooms. The hotel’s state-of-the-art leisure and fitness facilities will include a spa, fitness center, and beauty salon, as well as nursery and indoor souk.

In an announcement, Pascal Gauvin, IHG’s chief operating officer, for India, Middle East and Africa, said: “The Marjan Island development is set to become an exciting destination, and it is the perfect setting for our first Crowne Plaza Resort in the UAE. Offering an idyllic beachfront setting, a fantastic selection of F&B options, and all the services and facilities you normally associate with Crowne Plaza, we expect the resort to set a new benchmark for the brand.”

The resort will become the second IHG managed hotel in Ras Al Khamiah when it opens, with an InterContinental due to open in 2014.

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