Centara resort in Dubai to open in 2020

The family-centric resort will feature a waterpark, multiple restaurants, including indoor, alfresco and rooftop options, kids’ clubs, a spa and diverse family entertainment options.
Updated 31 July 2018
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Centara resort in Dubai to open in 2020

Centara Hotels & Resorts, a Thai hotel group, and Nakheel, a UAE-based master developer, have cemented their 500 million dirham ($136 million) joint venture with a construction contract worth 290.5 million dirham to build a 601-room beachfront resort at Dubai’s Deira Islands. The new property, Centara Deira Islands Beach Resort Dubai, is the company’s first in the UAE and will open in 2020. 

The resort is expected to significantly boost the emirate’s four-star accommodations — the fastest-growing hotel segment in 2017 with a 10 percent growth rate — in line with the increase in popularity of Dubai as a tourism hotspot.

Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO, said: “This is Centara’s first hotel in Dubai, and the UAE, and signifies our presence in a major gateway city in the Middle East. This signing ceremony marks a profound milestone of expansion for Centara as we continue to extend our upscale resort portfolio internationally. We are very pleased to have reached this new milestone in our joint venture with Nakheel. With the expertise from a regional leader in development like Nakheel and Centara’s record of delivering and inspiring extraordinary guest experiences, Centara Deira Islands Beach Resort Dubai will represent a one-of-a-kind resort that gives our guests fond moments for years to come. We look forward to opening Centara Deira Islands Beach Resort Dubai in 2020.”

The contract was signed in Dubai during a ceremony led by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah. 

Lootah said: “Nakheel continues to play a pivotal role in shaping and diversifying Dubai’s tourism offering with a 27 billion dirham hospitality and retail expansion that supports our government’s vision. The joint venture with Centara underlines our commitment to working with trusted international brands to bring new hospitality concepts to Dubai, and today’s crucial milestone brings this exciting new resort ever closer. I look forward to delivering one of Dubai’s most sought-after destinations for travelers from all over the world.”

Centara entered the Middle East market with the opening of Centara Muscat Hotel last year, and has additional imminent openings in other Gulf states.


Al-Hokair aims to grow Sparky’s brand globally

Updated 20 November 2018
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Al-Hokair aims to grow Sparky’s brand globally

Al-Hokair Entertainment, a family entertainment organization in the region, demonstrated its ambition to grow its Sparky’s brand through franchise business model during the recent IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando. With 91 active entertainment centers under Al-Hokair’s key entertainment brand Sparky’s, the company is now aggressively embarking on its global expansion strategy. 

“We are aiming to grow the Sparky’s brand worldwide through the franchise business model as it can be easily replicated in any market easily through our expertise. We are delighted to be here at IAAPA, one of the largest shows for the theme park and amusement industries. We wanted to also showcase our expertise and also learn from the global industry stakeholders who have gathered here. We are today getting ready for the new generation as they need more immersive game,” added Mishal Al-Hokair, executive vice president and general manager of the entertainment sector.

“Through the franchising route we can take the concepts to the market in a much faster way. Today’s generation is demanding and consuming more entertainment content than ever before. We want to start early and stay ahead in this sector and offer our consumers some of the best entertainment concepts,” added Al-Hokair.

Companies from around the world debuted the latest products, services and technology in the global attractions industry at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando, Florida, which ran until Nov. 16.