UAE-headquartered hospitality company, TIME Hotels Management, returns to Arabian Travel Market (ATM) this year with an expanded regional portfolio that has seen its collection of hotels, hotel apartments, residences and resorts almost double in the last 12 months, including new locations in Egypt and Abu Dhabi.
It will also reveal details of its second property in Qatar, the 142-room TIME Plaza Hotel. Located in Al Khail , just 10 minutes from Hamad International Airport, and within easy reach of the city’s major commercial and retail hubs, the four-star hotel, which is scheduled to open in Q1 2017, will also offer a choice of two restaurants, ample parking and a contemporary meeting space for up to 40 guests.
“It’s been a busy year for TIME Hotels with the launch of our first luxury resort in Hurghada, Egypt, plus a raft of announcements including two new Residences in Abu Dhabi, our first footstep into Doha, and a new five-star hotel for Dubai. We’ve also launched a number of new corporate initiatives such as our Slow Food programme and taken our hugely successful Carbon Offset Hotel Stay into its second year,” said Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels.
TIME’s executive team will also be providing a detailed update on the status of two properties currently under development, the TIME Royal Hotel & Spa, Dubai, and TIME Rako Hotel, Qatar.
The first five-star UAE based property for the company, the 277-room TIME Royal Hotel is located in Dubai Healthcare City adjacent to the popular Wafi shopping and leisure complex. Set to open in Q2 2016, it will have a strong medical tourism focus with facilities specifically designed to accommodate the needs of wellness tourists, such as signature spa featuring temperature-controlled pools, gym with rehabilitation equipment, and health and juice bar. It will also have 20 handicap-accessible rooms.
“Dubai plans to position the emirate as a global medical tourism destination by 2020 with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) targeting 500,000 medical tourists, so there is a clear need for a hospitality product that can accommodate the specific needs of medical tourists. The TIME Royal Hotel will support the wellness proposition as well as provide much-needed room stock to the Oud Metha area of the city,” said Awadalla.
An all-day dining restaurant with an open kitchen style and speciality restaurant featuring a sustainable menu of healthy dishes and signature wood-fired oven, banqueting space for up to 450 guests with seven individual meeting rooms, and lobby coffee lounge, will round out the hotel facilties.
The other property to be showcased at ATM will be the four-star 112-room Time Rako Hotel & Suites, situated in Al Wakra on the outskirts of Doha.
Also set to open in Q2 2016 the nine-storey hotel will feature a grand lobby, swimming pool, signature seafood restaurant with fresh fish display and terrace seating, an all-day dining venue offering a grocery-deli concept, coffee lounge with indoor and outdoor space, stunning rooftop lounge and bar, and banqueting facilities to cater up to 500 guests with six state-of-the-art meeting rooms accommodating up to 40 guests.
“Wakra is a key destination for Doha’s expanding maritime sector with its strategic location close to the new under-construction container port which will replace the existing Doha Port upon completion of phase one in early 2016. It is also a stop as part of the US$35 billion metro and rail network, so the long term commercial potential is significant,” remarked Awadalla.
TIME Hotel’s pipeline of current projects also includes the first in its TIME Express brand. The three-star no frills, city centre-based concept will target budget-conscious business travellers and will launch in Dubai with a 133-room property, which is set to open in Q3 2016.
“There is growing demand across the GCC for new budget brands with a quality pedigree from respected operators, that travellers can trust to deliver comfort, connectivity and creativity when it comes to supporting services and facilities, and we are very excited to debut our TIME Express brand in the regional market,” said Awadalla.