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Minor Hotels to move in on Dubai

Thai hotel owner/operator, Minor International is preparing to debut its Anantara hotel and spa brands in the Middle East, with a resort on the Palm Jumeirah Dubai and a business hotel at Jumeirah Lake.

Thai hotel owner/operator, Minor International is preparing to debut its Anantara hotel and spa brands in the Middle East, with a resort on the Palm Jumeirah Dubai and a business hotel at Jumeirah Lake.

The first project, scheduled to open in December 2007 will be Anantara Resort Palm Jumeirah. The resort is part of the AED 2.1 billion (US $570 million) Tiara Residence project launched by Zabeel Investments. Both Tiara Residence and Anantara Resort Palm Jumeirah will form a private, gated community located off the main trunk of the Palm Jumeirah.

The second property in Dubai will be the Anantara Jumeirah Lake Dubai. Due to open in the first quarter of 2008, the Anantara Jumeirah Lake Dubai will feature 473 rooms, suites and service apartments.

“Dubai was a logical extension for us. We have three hotels in the Maldives, and wanted to find a presence for Anantara in the Middle East. Dubai is simply the place to be,” said William Heinecke, CEO, Minor International.

Minor, which also owns a number of Four Seasons and Marriott properties in Thailand, established the Anantara brand five years ago. According to Heinecke, Anantara’s “affordable luxury” will prove a hit in the Middle East. “Everyone wants luxury. The region has [brands like] Four Seasons and Armani, which are clearly in the luxury segment, but are they affordable? This is where we see an opportunity for ourselves,” Heinecke said.

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