Minor to open new Anantara and Avani in UAE

The recent news brings Minor's pipeline up to four hotel properties in the UAE

A render of the Anantara Jebel Dhanna project and Avani Jebel Dhanna resort that are set to open in 2018.
A render of the Anantara Jebel Dhanna project and Avani Jebel Dhanna resort that are set to open in 2018.

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has announced the addition of two new properties to its pipeline in the United Arab Emirates. Anantara Jebel Dhanna and Avani Jebel Dhanna in Abu Dhabi will soon begin development and both are scheduled to open in 2018.

The owner and developer of these two new properties is Dhabi Contracting LLC. and Aecom has been appointed as the lead architecture and interior design consultant for the project.

Jebel Dhanna is located along the coastal area of the Al Gharbia region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, close to the ferry departure point for Sir Bani Yas Island, 240 km from Abu Dhabi city, 360 km from Doha, and 125 km from the border of Saudi Arabia.

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The Jebel Dhanna peninsula is relatively under-developed, with a royal palace bordering the new hotel developments and an industrial area close by. To the South East is Ruwais Industrial Zone and a neighbouring residential area, which Minor hopes will provide substantial demand for the two new properties.

Anantara Jebel Dhanna Villas will have a total of 60 keys across three villa types: 20 one-bedroom villas, 38 two-bedroom villas and two three-bedroom villas.

The new Anantara will offer two restaurants and a pool bar, a gym, a swimming pool and an Anantara Spa.

The neighbouring Avani Jebel Dhanna Hotel will have 230 keys across two different room types: 170 deluxe rooms and 60 superior rooms including a kitchenette.

Facilities at the Avani will include multiple dining options, a gym and a swimming pool. Shared facilities will include flexible meeting and banqueting space, a kid’s club and outdoor recreation areas.

MHG currently operates 35 Anantara hotels and resorts in 11 countries, and celebrated its 15th anniversary in March 2016.

In addition to these two new properties in Abu Dhabi, there are currently six Anantara properties in operation in the country – five in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai on the Palm Jumeirah. Meanwhie the pipeline also has a new Anantara resort under development in Ras Al Khaimah and a second Anantara resort will open in Dubai in 2018. The first Avani announcement for the country was made in September last year for the development of a resort in Dubai to open in 2018.

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotel Group, commented: “Minor Hotel Group is already established in Abu Dhabi through our existing Anantara portfolio in the city, desert and on Sir Bani Yas Island and we are excited to announce the first Avani in Abu Dhabi, to be developed alongside what will be our sixth Anantara. We are looking forward to partnering with Dhabi Contracting in this exciting new project.”

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