Minor Hotels, a hotel owner, operator and investor, which currently has a portfolio of 529 hotels and resorts in 56 countries in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Indian Ocean, announces an upcoming addition to its Anantara portfolio in the United Arab Emirates. The Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel will be the brand’s third property in the thriving global center for leisure and finance when it joins the portfolio on July 1.
The property, which is owned by Aujan Group Holding, has 252 rooms and suites, each with views of downtown Dubai – some including the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai skyline or the hotel pool, a wide variety of food and beverage options, a dedicated wellness floor including spa, gym and pool, meeting and event spaces and parking.
With the hotel’s central location in the middle of Dubai’s Downtown and Business Bay districts, close to DIFC, the city’s financial district, and with easy access to the central attractions of the Dubai Mall, from the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera and the recently launched Museum of the Future, Minor Hotels plans to position Anantara Downtown Dubai as a lifestyle hub with a range of exciting food and beverage outlets, an Anantara Spa with Thai treatments that nod to the brand’s Thai roots and additional wellness offerings. Anantara’s exceptional experiences and luxury touchpoints will be phased in over the coming months, with a series of property enhancements beginning later in 2022.
The addition of this hotel is part of the brand’s strategic expansion into city properties, adding to the existing portfolio of city hotels, including Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and the growing portfolio of city hotels in Europe, including the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi. Rome Hotel, Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel and the most recently added, Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.
Minor Hotels kicked off 2022 in the UAE with a record first quarter performance for its entire multi-brand hotel portfolio. The addition of a third Anantara in Dubai will strengthen the group’s position in the country, also providing the opportunity to capitalize on the addition of its first property in downtown Dubai, which is one of the most active and top performers in the city.
Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotels, said:We are delighted to expand our strategic partnership with Aujan Group Holding to bring Minor Hotels’ luxury brand Anantara to Downtown Dubai. Anantara’s continued expansion into strategic global capitals, including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bangkok, Rome and Amsterdam, positions the brand as a key player in urban hubs. The addition of Anantara Downtown Dubai is a testament to our continued efforts and we expect the property to become a landmark in the market.
Abdulla Aujan, Executive Chairman of Aujan Group Holding, commented, “We are delighted to further extend our partnership with Minor Hotels and are particularly excited to add another Anantara to our portfolio. With a positioning towards luxury urban business and leisure, we believe the brand has great potential to capitalize on changing customer trends.
Minor Hotels currently operates a total of eight properties in Dubai across its Anantara, Avani and Oaks brands, and will add a fourth brand to the mix in the fourth quarter, with the launch of NH Dubai The Palm.