DUBAI, UAE—Morgans Hotel Group Co. has partnered with IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR) to bring the Delano brand to the Middle East with Delano Dubai. Scheduled to open in 2017 as the third hotel in the Delano portfolio, Delano Dubai’s 110-key deluxe hotel apartment property will be situated on Palm Jumeirah and will form part of a contemporary mixed-used resort development known as The8.
“Dubai is an ideal destination for us to debut our first Delano property in the Middle East,” said Jason Kalisman, interim CEO of Morgans Hotel Group. “The location and resort concept speaks to the Delano guest experience of providing an oasis of sensuality and soul, and where sophistication and ease seamlessly blend with timeless design. Delano Dubai’s prime beachfront island location on Palm Jumeirah has a sleek contemporary design and upscale resort facilities, which will attract an international clientele who embrace style, elegance and luxury.”
The 110 apartments will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, as well as a Presidential Suite.
“Managing this hotel with their specialist asset management and operational arm, IFA Hotel Investments, will enable us to benefit from their extensive experience in development and operations in this market, and allow us to work together to redefine Dubai’s resort scene,” continued Kalisman.
The8 is currently under construction and will feature both Delano-branded hotel apartments, as well as residential properties offering diverse facilities and entertainment. IFA Hotel Investments (IFA HI) will oversee the asset management and operational aspect of the development. Launched in 2014, The8 will contain resort-style facilities including extensive water sports, a gym, tennis courts, a signature beachfront restaurant, beach cabanas, barbeque and event areas, as well as dedicated amenities for young families.
“The selection process saw many international brands interested in the project, and I am delighted with the final choice of the Delano brand, backed by Morgans Hotel Groups’ expertise,” said Joe Sita, CEO of IFA HI, who led the extensive operator search with the asset advisory team. “The entrance of Morgans Hotel Group into this region, working alongside our residential services teams, will augment a growing brand implementation strategy within the city.”
“This new management agreement with Morgans Hotel Group brings a new design aesthetic and style of service to the region,” said Khaled Esbaitah, CEO of IFA HR Middle East. “We sought to ensure that whichever operator The8 introduced would add significantly to the development’s offer. We feel that, with Delano, we have achieved the perfect match.”