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Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts to Take Over the Management
of the InterContinental Hotel Dubai
Opened Three Decades Ago, the Hotel to be Renamed
Radisson SAS Hotel Dubai, Deira Creek
Brussels – May 2006 - Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, the first-class, full-service international brand of Rezidor SAS Hospitality, will take over the management of the InterContinental Hotel Dubai, the first five-star hotel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) located in the city’s business district, beginning October 1, 2006.  The hotel will become the Radisson SAS Hotel Dubai, Deira Creek.
Opened more than three decades ago, the hotel is an established landmark on the Deira Creekside and is popular with business travelers and the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC; consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) leisure market. It features 287 guestrooms, including 39 suites, 16 food and beverage outlets and extensive meeting and conference facilities.
“We are honored to be taking on this property. We look forward to bringing our brand philosophy including the ‘Yes, I Can!’ spirit of service and 100 percent guest satisfaction guarantee to staff and customers alike. We are also planning to embark on a major renovation program to recapture the grandeur of the hotel,” said Kurt Ritter, president & CEO, Rezidor SAS Hospitality.   
Rezidor SAS has more plans for Dubai with two properties on The Palm, Jumeirah, scheduled to open in 2008.  It also recently opened the Radisson SAS Hotel, Dubai Media City - the first international hotel brand to open within Dubai’s free zone.
“We will continue to explore business opportunities in the Middle East and will soon launch three of our other brands into the region - Park Inn, Regent and Missoni,” said Jean-Marc Busato, vice president Middle East, Rezidor SAS Hospitality. 
Rezidor SAS Hospitality is one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the world and currently has 267 hotels, encompassing over 50,000 rooms, in operation and under development in 49 countries, with the aim to develop 700 hotels across its different brands by 2015. 
In September 2002, Rezidor SAS announced a unique deal with US-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide to expand selected Carlson brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Rezidor SAS now operates Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, Regent International Hotels, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites along with the goldpoints plus® loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Initially, Rezidor SAS Hospitality was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Stockholm-based SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) Group. In June 2005, Rezidor SAS Hospitality completed the strategic agreement with US-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, which resulted in an enhancement of their long-time franchise partnership into a shareholder agreement. Carlson Hotels Worldwide acquired a 25 percent shareholding in Rezidor SAS Hospitality from SAS group in return for renegotiated commercial terms of the parties’ current Master Franchise Agreement. 
In November 2005, Rezidor SAS signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian fashion house Missoni, to develop and operate a lifestyle hotel brand of the same name: Hotel Missoni.
Rezidor SAS Hospitality head office is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Rezidor SAS

Also See: Rezidor SAS Plans to Open the 251 room Radisson SAS Hotel Dubai Media City in December 2005 / June 2005
Developer of Dubai’s Palm Islands Awards Two Hotel Management Contracts to Rezidor SAS / May 2003

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