Jumeirah Group to debut hotels in Bahrain, Bali and Oman

Jumeirah Muscat Bay

Jumeirhar, the Dubai-based hotel group revealed at its annual Middle East Roadshow in Dubai that it intends to open at least five new luxury hotels in 2018, three of which are debut properties for the regions in which they are opening. The properties include:

  • Jumeirah Royal Saray, Bahrain
  • Jumeirah Sa’adiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Jumeirah Bali, Indonesia
  • Jumeirah Nanjing, China
  • Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Oman

Of those, the regions getting debut Jumeirah properties are Bahrain, Bali and Oman.

Also part of Jumeirah’s plans is the refurbishment and reopening of Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The hotel is expected to close from May to December, and should be open in time to celebrate its 21st anniversary in December.

The news comes from Jumeirah reporting a strong performance in 2017. It announced a five per cent increase in the number of room nights and a six per cent increase in room revenues on the same period last year.

Linda Lewis, vice-president of global sales for Middle East, Africa and South Asia and Asia Pacific for Jumeirah Group said: “Jumeirah continues to strengthen its position as one of the most successful, UAE home-grown brands on a global scale.  Our strong performance in 2017 is evidence of our robust and forward-looking business strategy and we are confident of continuing the success story in new markets in 2018.

“We believe that our strength lies in our ability to understand the needs of our guests and in creating bespoke luxury inspired by Arabic hospitality and charm. This achievement comes with the support and vision of the UAE’s leadership whose continued focus on building the tourism and hospitality sector has helped us to deliver business success.”

For more information visit Jumeirah’s website.


Jasper Hart


Jumeirah begins Asian expansion

Jumeriah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel group, is ready to increase its footprint in Asia with plans to launch at least one hotel per annum for the next five years.

The group will be focusing on China, with eight of the ten new Asia-based developments to be located here including openings scheduled for Nanjing (2017) Hangzhou (2018) Guangzhou (2019) and Wuhan (2020). Additional properties in the Chinese pipeline include hotels in Sanya, Haikou, Macau, and Zhejiang.

Jumeirah will also be opening a leisure-focused resort destination in Bali by early 2018, plus a hotel in a mixed-use development in Kuala Lumpur in 2020.

The group’s first Asian property, the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, opened in 2011 but has remained alone until now.

Shafi Syed, group chief development officer, explained the strategy: “We’ve spent time establishing ourselves with one property in Asia, and given ourselves enough time to make that property a success, then gradually over the next four to five years we’ll see a property open every year.

“Having just 22 hotels in 20 years allows us to focus on each property when it opens. If you look at many luxury hotels, expansion has been so rapid it’s hard to keep levels of service consistent. We’re very aware we need to grow, but we need to grow at our own pace.”

The upcoming Jumeirah Nanjing is located in the Hexi new business district, approximately 40 minutes’ drive from the airport and a one-hour train ride from Shanghai, in close proximity to office buildings and a conference centre.

The building has been designed by Zaha Hadid, and comprises two towers with a smaller structure, bearing the distinctive futuristic, curved aesthetic of the late architectural star.

“It will be a very unique opening for us and a great legacy that we’re very proud of,” commented Syed.

The new property will offer 250 rooms, including 32 suites. F&B facilities will include an all-day dining and Chinese specialty restaurant, café, lobby lounge, tea lounge and bar.

Meanwhile, business facilities will comprise a junior ballroom, executive club lounge and business centre. A fitness centre, Talise Spa and an indoor swimming pool make up the leisure offering.