IHG, Al-Futtaim to debut Staybridge Suites in Dubai

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has strengthened its partnership with Al-Futtaim with the opening of the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City and the signing of a management agreement for Staybridge Suites Dubai Festival City, the company announced on Thursday.

The 508-room Holiday Inn Festival City is the largest Holiday Inn in Dubai, and features three F&B outlets, four meeting rooms and a 200-seat conference room at a location 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport.

The new 160-room Starbridge Suites hotel will add a new brand to IHG and Al-Futtaim’s joint hotel portfolio in Dubai Festival City, and is designed for extended-stay business and leisure travellers to have easy access to Dubai’s airport, business districts and Dubai Festival City.

“Today is a milestone occasion for us as we strengthened our alliance with IHG’s valued partner, Al-Futtaim with the opening of the brand defining Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, and signing our fifth hotel in the Festival City cluster, Staybridge Suites Dubai Festival City,” said Pascal Gauvin, IHG’s managing director for India, the Middle East and Africa.

“This move is pivotal to IHG’s growth plans in the region as both hotels will be the best in class products and further drive demand for the brands in the Middle East,” he added.

Abdallah Hageali, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate’s group director for mixed use real estate and hospitality, said that “these recent developments complement our offerings in Dubai Festival City and further strengthens the cluser as an attractive lifestyle destination.”

“Al-Futtaim is committed to creating mixed-use communities and flagship lifestyle destinations that redefine the living experience of Dubai’s evolving rea estate,” he added.

There are currently 255 Staybridge Suites, and 1,216 Holiday Inn hotels open across the globe.

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