A new 372 room Avani hotel is to be constructed at Ibn Battuta Mall following an agreement between Nakheel and Thailand’s Minor Hotels.
The 18-storey hotel, which will be managed under the Avani Hotels and Resorts brand, will be the second Nakheel hotel at Ibn Battuta.
Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “Today marks yet another key milestone in our commitment to enhancing and diversifying Dubai’s hotel offering by bringing new, reputable international hospitality brands to the emirate in line with the Government’s vision.
“We are delighted to welcome Minor and the AVANI brand to Ibn Battuta Mall, which, with over 20 million visitors a year, is one of Dubai’s leading tourist destinations.”
The management agreement was signed in Bangkok by Lootah and the CEO of Minor International, William E Heinecke who said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Nakheel for the new Avani hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai.
“Having launched our upscale Avani brand in the region last year, we are delighted to continue the brand’s expansion in the UAE with this new hotel and we are confident that the brand will prove successful in this key market.”
The new hotel will be positioned adjacently to the recently-opened Ibn Battuta Metro Link, which directly connects to the mall.
Some of the features to the hotel include a pool, spa, gym, all day dining restaurant, coffee shop and parking.