UAE master developer Nakheel will be constructing a 500-room Avani beachfront resort at the coastal city Deira Islands in Dubai, in a joint venture with Thailand's Minor Hotel Group (MHG).
Deira Islands is the firm's planned 15.3km² tourism, retail and residential hub in Dubai.
Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: "Our partnership with Minor Hotel Group is yet another milestone for our growing hospitality business, and highlights our commitment to creating new tourism concepts in-line with the Government of Dubai's tourism vision for 2021.
"Our strategy is to join forces with serious, reputable international partners to bring a range of new hotel and resort brands to Deira Islands. We are delighted to work with Minor Hotel Group as part of this plan.
"Nakheel now has 1,250 new hotel rooms in the pipeline through joint ventures at Deira Islands, with more exciting partnerships under negotiation."
Minor Hotel Group CEO Dillip Rajakarier said: "We are very excited to announce the launch of our Avani brand in the UAE and to be entering into a new strategic partnership Nakheel, a respected partner with whom we plan to enjoy a fruitful ongoing relationship going forward.
"Deira Islands is an impressive project and we are pleased to have the opportunity to bring AVANI to this new development."
The planned project, Avani Deira Islands, is expected to offer genuine hospitality and relaxed comfort, and reflect Avani as a brand with design, contemporary style and modern lifestyle essentials.
Nakheel's coastal city project will add 40km to the UAE city's coastline, including 21km of beachfront. It is expected to be developed into a luxury hub with hotels and serviced apartments, retail destinations, mixed-use buildings and residential waterside developments.
Nakheel intends to set-up four more hotels at Deira Islands along with the recently announced Avani resort. The coastal project will also house 'Dubai's first four-star all-inclusive beachfront resort under a joint venture with Spain's RIU Hotels and Resorts', Nakheel said.
The Dubai Government-owned company is also developing the five-star Palm Tower on Palm Jumeirah, and hotels at Dragon City and Ibn Battuta Mall.
Image: Master plan design for Nakheel's Deira Islands project. Photo: courtesy of Nakheel PJSC.