Sofitel has announced the brand’s largest ever property in the Middle East.
Sofitel Dubai Wafi (pictured right) is expected to open in early 2019.
Sami Nasser, chief operating officer, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels Middle East, commented: “We are delighted to work with MKM Commercial Holdings, one of our long standing partners, to develop this impressive project that will undoubtedly become a future flagship for Sofitel in the region.
“The development of this property is aligned with our strategy to operate one of our leading luxury brands across strategic locations in the Middle East.”
Sofitel Dubai Wafi will feature 501 luxury guestrooms, inclusive of 86 suites, ranging in size from 55 to 625 sqm, in addition to 97 studio, one-two-and three-bedroom serviced residences to be operated on an extended-stay basis.
Nasser pointed to the brand’s other properties in the UAE as an example of Sofitel’s commitment to the region.
“Within the United Arab Emirates, we’ve established a strong presence with four operational hotels across landmark locations including Abu Dhabi Corniche, Downtown Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residences, and now Wafi – a major shopping destination set to undergo a comprehensive retail and leisure expansion,” said Nasser.
AccorHotels has 39 existing properties in the UAE, in addition to 23 others under development. In the Middle East and Egypt, AccorHotels currently operates 96 hotels encompassing 28,800 rooms across the luxury to economy segments.
HH Sheikh Manna Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, chairman of MKM Commercial Holdings said: “We are excited to sign this agreement with AccorHotels, our trusted partner for the Sofitel Dubai Wafi. “We are confident that the Sofitel, through its distinct brand positioning and expertise in the luxury segment, will be able to complement our existing Raffles Dubai while cementing the strength of hospitality offerings present within the expanded and revitalized Wafi.”