A joint venture between Dubai master developer Nakheel and leading Spanish hospitality group RIU Hotels & Resorts has moved a step closer with the release of a construction tender for an 800-room, beachfront resort and water park at Deira Islands.
With an investment value of AED670mn ($182mn), the resort – RIU’s first in the Middle East and one of the biggest in Dubai in terms of hotel rooms – is set for delivery in Q4 2019.
The resort will bring a new hospitality concept to Dubai, offering mid-scale, family-orientated, all-inclusive beachfront accommodation.
Located on a prime beachfront plot at Nakheel’s new, 15.3 sq km Deira Islands coastal city, the resort will feature seven F&B outlets, three swimming pools, a fitness complex, children’s club and water park. Several new attractions, including Deira Mall, Deira Islands Night Souk and Deira Boulevard, are nearby.
Nakheel has already awarded over AED 7bn worth of contracts at Deira Islands, with more on the way. The waterfront city, which is expected to have a population of 250,000 and to create 80,000 jobs, will add 40km of coastline, including 21km of beach, to Dubai.