The Bab Al Bahr project. The Bab Al Bahr project.

Ras Al Khaimah Hospitality Group has appointed Turkish operator Rixos Hotels to manage an all-inclusive Bab Al Bahr resort scheduled to open in October 2012.

The Group, set up at the end of 2011 by the RAK government as part of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Investment and Development Authority, is investing around AED 300 million (US $81.7 million) in developing the Bab Al Bahr project.

Rixos Bab Al Bahr is expected to be the “the first all inclusive property of this magnitude in the UAE”, according to a PR statement.

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Speaking to Hotelier Middle East in November 2011, Victor Louis, chief operating officer, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Investment and Development Authority, said: “The government of Ras Al Khaimah is investing AED 600 million ($163.4 million) into hotel and tourism projects from now until 2012 in a bid to quadruple our visitor count from 600,000 in 2010 to 1.2 million by 2013 and to increase the Emirate’s total hotel and resort room inventory to 10,000 keys by 2016.

“Approximately 50% of the assigned budget is being invested in the Bab Al Bahr project, which is a multi-faceted development due to open in October 2012,” Louis revealed.

“This project includes accommodation for residents and visitors alike with leisure facilities including a nearby golf-course, exotic gardens, beach parks, beach activities and a la carte dining options,” he added.

Around 40% of the budget is being invested into the development of another luxury hotel, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, which is also expected to open in October 2012.