Nakheel opens second hotel at Dragon City in Dubai

Premier Inn Dragon City is developer’s fourth hotel and marks a key milestone its hospitality business strategy for the region

Nakheel, the Dubai-based master developer, has announced the opening of its second hotel at Dragon City – a 304-room Premier Inn – marking another key milestone in its hospitality business strategy for the region.

The Premier Inn Dragon City is part of the developer’s long-term vision for the mixed-use community, which is currently best-known for the Dragon Mart retail and trading hub, where a new shopping centre and 900-space multi-storey car park opened last month, a statement said.

Dragon City’s first hotel, a 251-room ibis Styles, opened in 2016, while its first residential component, a twin-tower apartment complex with 1,142 units, is under construction, it added.

The eight-storey hotel features a 320-seat restaurant, a Costa Coffee shop, and a fully equipped gym. Meeting room facilities are also available.

It is the fourth Nakheel hotel to be delivered, following the inauguration last week of the developer’s second hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall. Premier Inn also operates Nakheel’s first hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall. That property opened in 2016, the developer said.

Located just steps away from Dragon Mart and its 5,000 shops, restaurants and attractions, Premier Inn Dragon City was officially opened on December 17, 2019 by chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Alison Brittain, chief executive officer of Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality company and owner of the Premier Inn brand.

Speaking at the inauguration, chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “Today marks another milestone for Nakheel, Dragon City and Dubai as we deliver the fourth hotel in our hospitality project portfolio, and the second at this globally-renowned destination.”

“We are delighted to build on the success of our first hotel here, and to further cement our partnership with Whitbread by adding another Premier Inn to our collection of hospitality developments. We are confident that this new hotel will be a big hit with Dragon City’s 40 million annual visitors, who come from the UAE, GCC and beyond to shop and trade at this world-famous destination,” stated Lootah.

On the Nakheel partnership, Brittain said: “Having been part of the UAE hospitality landscape for more than a decade, it’s a true testament to the quality of Premier Inn that we are able to open our eighth hotel in the region.”

“Our hotel at Dragon City marks the second in our strategic partnership with Nakheel, following the successful launch of Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall in 2016,” she added.

Nakheel’s hospitality portfolio features a diverse range of accommodation, including iconic, luxury projects on Palm Jumeirah, all-inclusive beach resorts at Deira Islands and mid-range hotels attached to the developer’s major shopping malls


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