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 Asteco Signs Mövenpick to Manage Four
Exclusive Hotels within the City of Dubai
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April 2006  - The acquisition of the new properties means that by 2008 the international Swiss hotel chain will operate on no fewer than nine hotels in the United Arab Emirates. It began with the successful operation of the Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai, followed by a further four hotels currently under construction in Dubai. Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is thus one huge step closer to its expansion objectives in the Gulf region, underlining its reputation as the fastest growing hotel chain in the Middle East.

Asteco, the largest property management company in the United Arab Emirates, has become synonymous with quality real estate development. The Company was founded by Sultan Bin Sulayem in 1985 and has helped to define the landscape and physical infrastructure of 21st century United Arab Emirates through its involvement in many major projects. 

“We’re very proud to be associated with Asteco and the company’s chairman Sultan Bin Sulayem”, says Jean Gabriel Pérès, President & CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Asteco is renowned for their outstanding professionalism, expertise and service throughout the region.”

“Numerous international awards, loyal and satisfied guests underscore the strengths of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts”, adds Sultan Bin Sulayem, President of Asteco. “Culinary competence, highly trained staff that pampers the guests with the highest levels of service standards and product quality are the mainstays of the company’s success and we look forward to a successful co-operation.” 

Two exclusive Mövenpick resorts are currently being built on the Palm Jumeirah, a revolutionary billion dollar project featuring a man-made palm tree shaped island built out into the sea.

The Mövenpick Resort Oceana The Palm Jumeirah, located on the “trunk” of the Palm Jumeirah, is scheduled to open in April 2007. The 5-star resort boasts 249 rooms and suites, 142 apartments, a business centre and a total of three meeting rooms. Mövenpick’s trademark culinary highlights will be on offer not just in the main restaurant but also in the seafood speciality restaurant, the pizzeria, an Arabic Café and a speciality restaurant on the 14th floor, in addition to four bars. The Regatta Club will be the crown jewel of leisure facilities overseeing the marina.   

Opening Mid 2007 the Mövenpick Resort & Spa The Palm Jumeirah, located on the outer palm crescent, is conceived as a luxury 5-star resort with 293 rooms, 18 water villas and three family villas. The resorts culinary experience will include the main restaurant, an Asian restaurant, a steak house and a seafood speciality restaurant as well as a number of lounges and bars. A total of three meeting rooms, one ballroom and a business centre will be available for conferences and banquets. Leisure amenities range from swimming pools and a fitness centre to water sports, tennis and squash. The spa and wellness centre will also include spa-cuisine serving menus tailored specifically to the individual treatments. The spa treatments with their roots from Asia will pamper guests with the ultimate spa experience in twelve treatment rooms.
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Mövenpick Resort & Spa The Palm Jumeirah
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Another project is being completed in the Deira district: a modern 5-star hotel with 245 rooms, due to open in May 2007.  The Mövenpick Hotel Deira is aimed at business executives, airline personnel, leisure visitors and long-term residents, and will include a café, a Wok-In Restaurant and a pool bar in addition to its main restaurant. Other amenities comprise of a business centre as well as a swimming pool and a fitness centre.  Adjacent to the Hotel is a Meeting, Seminar and Convention Center, which could easily accommodate 1,000 guests.

The Ibn Battuta Hotel Dubai operated by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, with 396 rooms and 166 apartments, is under construction on Sheikh Zayed Road, adjacent to the new Ibn Battuta Mall (a theme-based shopping mall dedicated to the traveller Ibn Battuta, the Marco Polo of the Arab world). The 5-star luxury hotel, due to open in October 2007, features a distinctive Moroccan-style entrance gate some 60 m in height. The hotel’s culinary offering dedicated to Ibn Battuta and his travel destinations, with a Mediterranean, an Indian, a Chinese and a Persian restaurant. There will also be a gourmet shop and two bars for guests to enjoy.  The extensive leisure facilities include swimming pools, a fitness centre and a spa area with the world’s largest ladies hammam. And not to be missed is the 900 sq.m. Entertainment Area.  The hotel also features a total of four meeting rooms, a ballroom and a business centre. 
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The Ibn Battuta Hotel Dubai operated by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
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“We believe in the success of Dubai and we are excited to be part of this tremendous economic growth especially in the hospitality industry”, says Thomas Tapken, General Manager and Regional Manager, Dubai Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, in-charge of the 4 upcoming Hotels.  “Since each of the hotels is uniquely themed and is strategically located around the city, we will be able to cater to every type of guest from business to leisure, ensuring satisfaction in the modern accommodation offered, and a wide variety of outstanding food and beverage outlets.” 

“Expansion in the United Arab Emirates is one of the cornerstones of our strategy, and we’ll continue to examine other projects closely in the future”, says Jean-Gabriel Pérès, President & CEO Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Besides Dubai we will continue to explore the viability of projects in other Emirates such as Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.”

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts currently enjoys international representation with 73 hotels existing and under construction. MH&R manages two hotel types, the business and conference hotels and the holiday resorts. The business hotels are located near cities or airports and cater for the needs of business travellers. Holiday resorts are located in ideal leisure destinations. The Hotel Group is currently represented in the following 19 countries: Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Tanzania and on Mauritius. 

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Contact:

Hilton International Middle East Asia Pacific
Kees Hartzuiker, +65 6833 9888
kees.hartzuiker@hilton.com

Conrad Hotels 
Catherine Couplan, +32496598160 (Worldwide)
catherine.couplan@conradhotels.com

www.ConradHotels.com

Also See: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Focus on Swiss Quality and Service Drives Positive Results; Hotel Portfolio Grows to 54 at End of 2005 / February 2006
Hajar Real Estate Company K.S.C.C. Selects Movenpick to Operate 410 room Hotel at the Abraj Al Bait Towers, Makkah, Saudi Arabia / March 2006

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