Emaar signs deal with Southern Sun Hotels

DUBAI — Emaar Properties recently signed an agreement with Southern Sun Hotels, one of the leading hotel groups in the southern hemisphere, to manage and operate two hotels within the 500-acre Burj Dubai development.

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Published: Tue 12 Jul 2005, 10:23 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:38 PM

The hotels will be located in Burj Dubai's Old Town area and are scheduled to open by the end of 2006 .

The hotels will offer 21 suites and over 350 rooms, ranging from king, queen, double and twin rooms, as well as a host of amenities from business centres, conference and meeting rooms, speciality restaurants, coffee shops and more.

Both properties will offer spectacular views of Burj Dubai, the heart of the Burj Dubai development, as well as The Old Town, a low-rise traditional residences community inspired by the stylist antiquity of Arabian architecture, The Old Town Island and numerous landscaped parks and man-made lakes.

David Richmond, senior director Development, Emaar Properties, said: “This partnership with Southern Sun Hotels lays further testament to the quality of Emaar's partners within the Burj Dubai development.''

''As the leading African hotel group with over 80 hotels in 7 countries, Southern Sun Hotels was selected as an ideal partner for this urban development which is situated in the heart of Dubai's downtown.’’

In the heart of The Old Town area, hotel visitors will be in close proximity to all elements within the Burj Dubai development, which includes The Dubai Mall, The Burj Dubai Boulevard , a 3.5 km stretch that binds the entire district and gives it an international ambience as well as the Business Hub for any business travellers.

Ron Stringfellow, Southern Sun Group's executive chairman commented: “We are aggressively expanding into other markets and expect to grow the group's hotel rooms by a third over the next five years.’’

Around eight international chain and boutique hotels will be an integral part of the Burj Dubai development.

These will add over 2,000 rooms to Dubai's booming hotel industry which crossed a major milestone by playing host to a record 5.42 million guests at 371 hotels and hotel apartments, earning a total of Dh 6.2 billion in revenues in the year 2004.

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