Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s northern Emirate providing new and exciting opportunities for tourism, investment and trade, today announces at Arabian Travel Market 2015, that it will be adding the 300 key Ras Al Khaimah Marriott Resort to its growing portfolio of global branded properties operating within its tourism sector.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi and Marriott International’s Global CEO Arne Sorenson sign a deal at The Ras Al Khaimah stand at The Arabian Travel Market Exhibition on May 6, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In addition to the new Marriott property, the recently appointed CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA),Haitham Mattar, provided a number of updates on the Emirate’s ambitious growth plans.
Marriott to open 5-star beach resort
By investment through ASQ, the private investment vehicle of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, and operated by Marriott International, a new 5-star, 300 key luxury beach front hotel is to be built. The Ras Al Khaimah Marriott Resort, which is the hotelier’s first property in the Emirate, is expected to open in 2019 once the construction project is finished.
Marriott Hotels is the company’s flagship brand, and has been undergoing a complete brand transformation under the global multi-year campaign ‘Travel Brilliantly’. The hotel will have 45 suites, extensive meeting, health and leisure facilities, and six F&B outlets. It will be located in the northern part of the Emirate, with direct access to a private beach, and with the Hajjar Mountains in the backdrop.
The deal was inked by Marriott International’s Global CEO Arne Sorenson and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi at theRas Al Khaimah stand at the 2015 Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. This is the first of two new hotel properties set to be built in a compelling sign that Ras Al Khaimah’s ongoing growth plans are thriving in 2015.
In a clear statement of intent to the global aviation industry, new CEO Haitham Mattar, former Vice President Sales for Hilton Worldwide across MEA, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Russia, called for the world’s airline elite to take notice of Ras Al Khaimah.