Photo Caption from left to right: 1. Adel Khalifa Abdulla Al Shaer, Board Member, Nakheel, 2. Ibrahim Hussain Al Fardan, Board Member, Nakheel, 3. Thorsten Ries, Managing Director, Hospitality and Leisure, Nakheel, 4. Robert Kunkler, Chief Operating Officer, Minor Hotels, 5. Khalid Mohammed Salem Al Bakhit Al Falasi, Board Member, Nakheel, 6. Ali Rashid Lootah, Chairman, Nakheel, 7. William E. Heinecke, Founder, Chairman and Group CEO, Minor International, 8. Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Executive Officer, Minor Hotels, 9. Mohammed Rashed, Managing Director, Projects Development and Construction, Nakheel, 10. Adnan Hegrat, Advisor, Nakheel Malls
Dubai, 10 December 2019: Avani Hotels & Resorts continues its dynamic expansion with the launch of its first new-build hotel in the Middle East region – Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai (www.avanihotels.com/ibn-battuta-dubai). Located adjacent to Ibn Battuta Mall and Ibn Battuta Metro Link, close to Dubai Marina and the site for upcoming Dubai Expo 2020, the new 360-key hotel was constructed by master developer Nakheel and opened its doors on 15 November.
Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai is a welcome oasis for both business and leisure guests. The hotel has three room types across its 18 storeys, with Avani Superior Rooms and Avani Executive Rooms each offering 30 square metres of space and Avani Executive Rooms taking the upper floors of the property with expansive views. The stylish Avani Suites total 46 square metres, with a spacious lounge and dining area and a free standing bath tub in the bathroom. Throughout the property there is natural light in abundance, with the interior inspired by the ancient marine life that used to flourish in the seas that gave way to the UAE. The décor features soft blues, sea foam green, and gentle brown hues with subtle nautilus and coral motifs. This soothing mood continues through each room, comfortably outfitted with every amenity, including universal and USB sockets to accommodate travellers from anywhere in the world.
The new hotel offers three different dining outlets. Pantry by Avani is a café conveniently located in the hotel’s main atrium lobby, ideal for a coffee or light bite. On the hotel’s third level Flavours Kitchen & Lounge offers all-day dining overlooking the pool and terrace. With an indoor and outdoor dining area, the menu includes a selection of Arabic dishes and international favourites. On the outdoor terrace alongside the pool, Liquid serves a range of refreshing beverages and snacks, perfect to enjoy by the poolside.
One of the highlights of the new hotel is the impressive resort-style swimming pool which looks out over Ibn Battuta and views beyond. Featuring cabanas and day beds, guests can relax by the pool or keep their fitness up with laps. The pool and terrace are the perfect space for hosting social events, able to accommodate up to 200 guests for an alfresco cocktail party or event. Additional facilities at the hotel include an AvaniFit gym and outdoor yoga deck.
Avani Ibn Battuta is a portal to global adventure, all within Dubai. Paying homage to the 14th century explorer of the same name, Nakheel’s Ibn Battuta Mall next door draws over 21 million visitors a year who come to marvel at the six courts meticulously designed to represent the regions he visited, China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia, and Andalusia and to enjoy the equally diverse selection of 400 shops, global cuisines and entertainment. For explorations beyond the world’s largest themed mall, visitors can hop on the Dubai Metro at Ibn Battuta next door. This convenient transport system allows visitors to travel effortlessly across Dubai, including being able to reach the Dubai Exhibition Centre for the highly anticipated Dubai Expo 2020. Dubai Marina is also easily reachable, with its many attractions including sky diving, the beach, dining options and Marina Mall.
“Following our series of recent openings in Thailand, Cambodia and Australia, we were thrilled to launch Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai and expand the Avani experience in the UAE,” said Javier Pardo, Vice-President of Operations of Avani Hotels & Resorts. “This opening represents our first new-build hotel in the region and we look forward to treating every guest to an amazing stay here.”
The hotel was constructed by Nakheel, as part of its hospitality project expansion. Nakheel Chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said, “Nakheel continues to play a key role in enhancing Dubai’s hospitality offering in line with the emirate’s economic and tourism goals. We are proud to welcome Minor Hotels and its Avani brand to Ibn Battuta Mall, where quality accommodation is in demand. The opening comes as Dubai’s busiest season gets into full swing, and we look forward to a successful winter – and beyond – at Avani Ibn Battuta.”
Launched in response to a growing global group of discerning world travellers whose priorities are style and value, Avani Hotels & Resorts (www.avanihotels.com) is a contemporary, upbeat brand that delivers the perfect balance of sleep, space, sustenance and service.
Designed with new travel trends in mind, the Avani experience emphasises contemporary and functional features, carefully considered social spaces and genuine hospitality. The focus is on the details that matter, ensuring guests feel welcome and taken care of in go-to global destinations, from city hotels to beach resorts.
Avani Hotels & Resorts currently operates 30 properties in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, most recently debuting in both Cambodia and South Korea. The brand has a strong pipeline of new properties under development, including in such new destinations as South Korea, the Maldives, Mauritius, and Oman. In addition to the new Avani Ibn Battuta, Avani currently has one hotel in the UAE in Dubai, with further properties under development in both the UAE and Oman.
About Avani Hotels & Resorts
Launched in response to a growing global group of discerning world travellers whose priorities are service, style and value, Avani Hotels & Resorts is a contemporary, upbeat brand that delivers the perfect balance. With a focus on good sleep, effective social spaces, locally sourced sustenance and genuine service. Avani welcomes guests to over 20 properties in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and Laos, with a pipeline of further openings in Australia, Asia, Indian Ocean and the Middle East.
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