First Dubai beach resort in the works for Centara

(From left) Centara Hotels and Resorts’ (CHR) Dan Chinsupakul, Suparat Chirathivat, Thirayuth Chirathivat and Suthikiati Chirathivat; Nakheel’s Ali Rashid Ahmed Lootah and Thorsten Ries; and CHR’s Ronnachit Mahattanapreut and David Robert Good

Centara Hotels and Resorts has come together with UAE developer Nakheel in a joint venture to create a 550-room beachfront resort with waterpark at Deira Islands, Dubai.

The first Centara establishment in the UAE, the upscale resort will be located at Nakheel’s new 15.3km² tourism, leisure, retail and entertainment hub – a prime stretch of beach on Deira Islands.

“This partnership is a groundbreaking move for Centara as we continue to extend our upscale resort portfolio internationally. This is Centara’s first hotel in Dubai, and the UAE, and represents our arrival in a key gateway city in the Middle East,” said Suthikiati Chirathivat, chairman of Centara Hotels and Resorts.

The 30ha resort will open in two phases, with a soft opening in 2019 and a grand opening in 2020. It will feature a waterpark, dining facilities, business centre, kids’ club, spa and fitness centre.

Nakheel’s partnership with Centara is its second international joint venture for Deira Islands, where it has already invested more than AED3 billion (US$817 million) on development works. The first, an 800-room AED900 million all-inclusive resort and waterpark with Spain’s RIU Hotels and Resorts, was confirmed in February 2016.

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