Senior Vice President of Operations for Minor Hotels in the Middle East & Africa, Amir Golbarg, commented "Having closed 2021 with a really strong consolidated performance over what was a challenging year, 2022 has started on an equally strong footing as all the countries we are present in get back to normal operations.
"At the same time we continue to expand our footprint and will debut 2 new brands in the region in the coming months: NH Collection and NH Hotels. In addition, we will soon be announcing upcoming hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country we’ve been looking to expand into."
The 5 upcoming properties in Qatar and the UAE, opening between 2022 and 2024, are:
The Plaza Doha Anantara Hotel & Suites, Qatar, opening 2022
Following the launch of Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort at the start of 2022, Anantara will launch its second property in the Qatar capital, Doha, later this year with the opening of the 222-key The Plaza Doha Anantara Hotel & Suites.
NH Collection Doha Oasis Hotel & Beach Club, Qatar, opening Q4 2022
Opening in October 2022, NH Collection Doha Oasis Hotel & Beach Club is in the later stages of development and will be both the first NH Collection property in the Middle East and the first of the brand globally with a beach club. The 300-key hotel is located in the Ras Abu Abboud area along Doha’s eastern coast, midway between the city centre and Hamad International Airport. Accommodation options will include more than 50 suites, the largest being the 332-square metre Royal Duplex Suite.
NH Dubai The Palm, UAE, opening Q4 2022
Currently in the final stages of development, NH Dubai The Palm will open its doors in Q4 this year with 227 guest rooms and suites, in addition to 306 serviced apartments. The 14-storey hotel will house several restaurants, a sports bar and a rooftop lounge alongside an infinity pool, plus three spa treatment rooms, a fully-equipped gym, a kids’ club and four meeting rooms.
Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort, UAE, opening Q1 2023
The 174-key Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort is scheduled to open in Q1 2023 and will be the group’s first property in Ras Al Khaimah. Overlooking a private beach and an eco-reserve with mangroves, the five-star resort will offer a range of accommodation options, including pool villas and the first Maldivian-style overwater villas in the emirate.
Anantara Sharjah Resort, UAE, opening Q4 2024
The final Anantara property in Minor’s Middle East pipeline is the 233-key Anantara Sharjah Resort, scheduled to open in late 2024. The beachfront hotel will be approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes’ drive from Sharjah International Airport.