Marriott takes Middle East roll-out to 16

Marriott International’s Middle East portfolio is set to double over the next three years with the announcement of eight properties in the United Arab Emirates in 2009. These join the previously announced batch of eight hotels set to open across the Middle East over the next three years. In total, the 16 will offer some 3,515 rooms and the additions are part of Marriott’s pledge at last year’s Arabian Travel Market to increase its Middle East room supply by more the 250% within five years. “Middle East tourism is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. We intend to share in this growth by offering a wide range of hotel choices for luxury, deluxe, upper moderate and extended stay travelers,” said Marriott president and managing director of international lodging Ed Fuller. The Middle East growth is part of Marriott International’s global strategy to increase its hotel portfolio by 85,000 to 100,000 rooms over the next three years with nearly 30 percent of this growth coming from outside the U.S. and Canada. The eight UAE properties announced today comprise the 300-room Ras Al-Khaimah Marriott Resort & Spa, the 248-room Sharjah Marriott Resort & Spa, the 125-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Sharjah, the 170-room JW Marriott Hotel Dubai Lifestyle City, the 152-room Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Lifestyle City, the 46-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Lifestyle City and finally the 356-room Renaissance Dubai Motorcity, the 250-room Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Motorcity.

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