Intercontinental Mina Al Arab Resort to open in Ras Al Khaimah in 2019
Intercontinental will open a new resort in Ras AL Khaimah, following the signing of an agreement between Rak Properties and the Al Nuaimi Group. Intercontinental Mina Al Arab Resort will have 350 guest rooms and suites, and is scheduled to open in 2019. The property will have facilities including a health club, spa, two swimming pools, a fitness centre, and a selection of restaurants.
Rak Properties has announced that it will add a new resort to its collection after signing a contract with the Al Nuaimi Group. The Intercontinental Mina Al Arab Resort will be managed by the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) and will be located in Ras Al Khaimah.
In a US$3.1 million contract, the two companies will develop the luxury resort on Mina Al Arab Island in Ras Al Khaimah. The property will have 350 guest rooms and suites, and it is scheduled to open to guests in 2019.
Mohammad Sultan Al Qadi, the Managing Director and CEO of Rak Properties, said that the new resort, together with additional new hotels, will form the master plan of the development in the emirate. The Mina Al Arab island project focuses on the development of hotels, residential and commercial properties.
The Intercontinental Mina Al Arab Resort will have a wide range of facilities that will cater for business and leisure travellers. These include two swimming pools, a modern fitness centre, a health club, a spa, shops, and numerous dining outlets.
The Mina Al Arab Island project is a new mixed-use development on the shore of Ras Al Khaimah that has 81 hectares spanning 13 kilometres. The destination, whose name translates in English to “Port of Arabia”, has a golden sand beach and a harbour.
The leisure complex has a five-star resort, a four-star lifestyle hotel, two eco-friendly hotels residential apartments, villas, and townhouses with a private beach club. For leisure, there’s an Arabian Adventures theme park, a Thalasso Therapy centre, a small water park, a marina, a heritage village, and a shopping mall. Visitors and residents will be able to enjoy vast open spaces including a cycle pathway, pedestrianised walkways, and nature reserves, as well as traditional "abra" water taxis, cafes, restaurants, a fitness centre, tennis courts, and spas.
Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven United Arab Emirates, and has become an emerging tourist destination in the Middle East. The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA) has set a target of one million international visitors to the emirate by the end of 2018. At present, the United Kingdom and India are the fastest growing international source markets.
Located in the north, bordering the Sultanate of Oman, Ras Al Khaimah is a hotspot for adventure-lovers due to its magnificent landscapes. These are made up of majestic mountains, red sandy desert, green plains, snaking creeks, turquoise lagoons, verdant golf courses, and miles of coastline that are home to unspoilt white sandy beaches.
Intercontinental Hotel Group operates 25 properties across the Middle East, and it is planning to open another nine properties in the region within the next five years. The hotel group is due to open its first hotel in the United Arab Emirates in Fujairah this year.
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