Emirates in budget partnership with Whitbread


THE Emirates Group, in partnership with British hospitality group Whitbread announced plans to build three Dh260 million ($70.8 million) Travel Inn brand hotels in Dubai.

The first Premier Travel Inn will be a 300-room hotel at Dubai Investment Park, scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2007. It will be followed in 2008 by a similar size hotel at Dubai airport, and a 220-room hotel in the Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Emirates Group and president of Dubai Civil Aviation, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group said the agreement covers development of Premier Travel Inn hotels in the whole of GCC.
Room rates for the Dubai hotels, categorised as three-star, are likely to be about Dh400.