Shangri-La will open 3 Gulf hotels by 2005


Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is opening three new properties in the Gulf in the next three years.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai is due to open in March 2003 followed by Traders Hotel, Dubai in July 2003 and Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort, Muscat, Oman, in early 2005.

Shangri-La has signed a management agreement with UAE-based Al Jaber Group to operate the deluxe five-star Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai.

This will be Shangri-La's first hotel in the Gulf, a region the group has targeted for expansion, and it will also be the Al Jaber Group's first deluxe hotel project.

The property, which forms part of a twin tower multi-purpose complex, is currently under development and will feature 301 guestrooms and suites, along with 126 service apartments. The complex is located near Dubai's World Trade Centre and the commercial districts.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to develop a presence in the Gulf," said vice president markeing Peggy Angeles.

"Dubai is an attractive and popular destination for Asian and European travellers, making it the ideal location for us to open our first hotel in the region and to debut Shangri-La's legendary hospitality."

The Shangri-La Dubai was designed by Canadian-based architects NORR Group Consultants International Ltd.

Its sister hotel, the 250-room four-star Traders Hotel, Dubai, will operate as a management contract.

Located near the Dubai International Airport and the business district, this will be the sixth hotel in the group's growing Traders brand, which was launched by Shangri-La in 1989.

It will join Traders hotels in Beijing and Shenyang, China; Yangon, Myanmar; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.

The Traders Hotel, Dubai is being developed by the Muscat-based Zubair Corporation, which is also developing Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort, Muscat, Oman. This world-class destination resort with 703 rooms will open in early 2005 south of Muscat.

The all-in-one resort complex in the Gulf, Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort will consist of three hotels aimed at different luxury markets with all rooms and suites having sea views and balconies.

There will be a selection of deluxe villas, a conference centre and a ballroom accommodating up to 800 people, as well as a heritage village consisting of retail outlets and eight restaurants.