Wyndham boosts its UAE portfolio with two hotels

The Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach<BR>Residence is now open for business

Wyndham Hotel Group announced the signing of a management agreement with Golden Sands Hotels, for two Ramada hotels in the UAE. The deal sees the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai and Ramada Sharjah join the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha and Ramada Encore Doha in the company’s growing portfolio of managed hotels within the Middle East.

Strategically located in one of Dubai’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, the newly opened Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence offers guests 356 deluxe studios, superior rooms and two, three and four-bedroom suites. Designed with the discerning traveller in mind, facilities within the 45-storey hotel include flexible meeting rooms, an executive lounge, a fully-equipped business centre and a temperature-controlled swimming pool. Guests can also take advantage of a health club on site, which includes spa facilities and a beauty salon. Guest rooms include large flat screen televisions with satellite channels and a DVD player, as well as wireless and wired internet access, direct dial telephone and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Dining options at the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence include Shores, an informal all-day dining restaurant, The Lounge café and Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant which regularly plays host to a live band. The hotel’s signature restaurant and lounge is Fogueira, an authentic all-you-can eat Brazilian BBQ-style Churrascaria. The restaurant’s rooftop lounge area, scheduled to open in October 2012, will offer stunning views of Jumeirah Beach and the Marina.

The Ramada Sharjah hotel is just seven kms from Dubai International Airport, comprises 245 spacious one and two-bedroom suites, each including a separate lounge, dining room and fully-equipped kitchen. All modern conveniences are catered for, including a flat screen LCD TV with satellite channels, wired high-speed internet access, direct dial telephone, radio and an in-room safe. Dining options at the hotel include Zaafaran, the property’s signature restaurant and the elegant Jasmine Café.

'Over the last 18 months, tourism has experienced a renewed resurgence in the UAE,' said Michael Zager, vice president managed operations, Wyndham Hotel Group Europe, Middle East and Africa and cluster general manager for the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence and Ramada Sharjah. 'With over nine million visitors to Dubai alone last year, there is certainly demand for high quality, affordable accommodation such as that offered by the Ramada brand.'

Zager added, 'With six Ramada hotels already open throughout the Emirates, including the well-established Ramada Sharjah, we were already well placed to serve the needs of guests within the region. Our decision to introduce the Ramada Plaza brand to the vibrant and emerging area of Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai further strengthens our position. It also demonstrates our understanding of what discerning guests to the region are seeking, namely proximity to leisure and business hubs, in-room conveniences and exemplary service. We look forward to continuing to grow the Ramada brand in the region both through franchise and management contracts.'