360-room Coral Tower to be built in Sharjah

Company has started work on its Al Barsha luxury apartment tower

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By  Eudore Chand Published  June 19, 2004

The newly launched international hospitality management firm, Coral International said construction has started on its Al Barsha property up along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road. “The Coral Boutique Residence will be a first class deluxe tower with 78 five-star apartments. We expect it be ready by next February,” said Michel Noblet, Coral International managing director. The project manager for the Al Barsha property is Arcan and the contractor is Al Taamir General Construction. “They have taken on the project on a turnkey basis,” explained Marc Mellinger, Coral director for technical and services. Noblet claimed that Coral is the “fastest growing hotel management company” having got three contracts in just five months. These are the Coral Beach Resort in Sharjah, Coral Deira Dubai and the Al Barsha property. Coral Beach Resort is undergoing a major expansion, which would see the addition of 58 deluxe chalets, a banquet hall with a seating capacity for 900 people and a state-of-the-art spa and fitness centre. Work is also expected to soon start on the 40-storey Coral Tower in Sharjah. It will have 360 rooms. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of next year. Additionally, there are six other properties that are being developed across the Gulf. “We are in the process of developing many exciting projects and plan to hold 25 properties in the next five years. The idea is to nurture good properties in unusual areas. This is a fantastic opportunity. We hope to outperform the best in the field,” said Noblet. Coral International was created in September last year and was officially launched on the 2nd May in Dubai by Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi. By the end of this year, the group hopes to finalise plans for properties in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Khor Fakkan, Ras Al Khaimah, Oman and Saudi Arabia. The hotel management firm will not only manage its group-owned properties, but will also bid for those owned by others. “We have some very exciting projects coming up in different parts of the GCC. The opportunities are immense and we have the right products for the right location,” Noblet added.

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