Marriott International has signed a deal with RDK Tourism Investment to open four properties in the UAE.
These will include three in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai, and the addition of over 700 rooms across its Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Executive Apartments and Autograph Collection Hotels brands.
Marriott Hotels and Resorts will open the Marriott Mirfa Resort, Abu Dhabi, making it the first Marriott resort in Abu Dhabi. Situated on the coast of the Al Dhafra region, it is expected to open in 2025. The 114-room beachfront resort is anticipated to feature three dining outlets, over 600 sqm of meetings and event space and the brand’s signature M Club lounge.
The Liwa Hotel, Autograph Collection, Abu Dhabi will open under the Autograph Collection Hotels portfolio. Situated in Abu Dhabi’s largest oasis, the Liwa Oasis, the property will offer 66 rooms and suites including three expansive three-bedroom villas. It is slated to open by the end of 2023.
Marriott Executive Apartments will open two properties, one each in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Marriott Executive Apartments Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi and Marriott Executive Apartments Al Barsha South, Dubai will offer upscale residential apartments for both business and leisure travellers.
The Marriott Executive Apartments Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi is scheduled to open in 2024 and will offer 147 one- and two-bedroom apartments. It will overlook the Al Reem canal and will be in close proximity to Al Maryah Island.
The Marriott Executive Apartments Al Barsha South, Dubai meanwhile will be located in the Dubai Science Park and feature 411 apartments, townhouses and penthouses as well as five food and beverage experiences spread across three towers once it opens in 2023.
All four properties are expected to be converted from existing properties operated by RDK Tourism Investment.
Chadi Hauch, regional vice president of Development for the Middle East at Marriott International said, “As a company, we have developed a conversion-friendly platform. The UAE remains an important growth market for the company, and we continue to see opportunities to further diversify our portfolio in this market.”
Sandeep Walia, chief operating officer for the Middle East at Marriott International, added, “We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with RDK Tourism Investment and expand our portfolio of properties in the UAE. We look forward to building on this relationship and supporting the overall growth of the tourism sector in the UAE.”
Marriott International’s portfolio in the UAE currently consists of 75 properties with more than 21,000 rooms across 20 brands.