Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has finalised a deal to operate the hospitality firm’s first property in Ras Al Khaimah – the 550-key Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island.
The new property is slated to open in 2019 and will boast a prime beachfront location, offering guests unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf and the picturesque Ras Al Khaimah coastline.
Al Marjan Island is Ras Al Khaimah’s first man-made project, built at a cost of $1.8 billion featues a cluster of coral-shaped islands, creating a destination that is fast emerging as a top Middle East holiday hotspot.
Visitor numbers to Ras Al Khaimah are expected to rise 11% to reach more than 820,000 in 2016, according to the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, which has set a target of one million arrivals by the end of 2018.
“Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah is a valuable addition to our portfolio and will provide leisure travellers with another compelling reason to visit one of the UAE’s most stunning holiday destinations,” said Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and South Asia.
Al Marjan Island is close to RAK International Airport, served by scheduled carriers such as Qatar Airways, Air Arabia and Air India Express, as well as numerous European and Russian charter airlines, while the world’s busiest airport, Dubai International, is just 45 minutes by road.