The Riu Dubai hotel officially has opened its doors, marking a new milestone in the RIU chain’s history and bringing a new concept to hospitality in Dubai, UAE.

It is the Spanish chain’s first hotel in the Middle East, and it is the emirate’s first 4-star all-inclusive, beachfront family hotel.

The project is the result of a partnership between RIU Hotels & Resorts and world-leading master developer Nakheel, creator of world-famous, innovative developments including The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s new coastal city, Deira Islands.

In adding this new hotel to RIU’s portfolio, it also adds a new destination, bringing the chain’s total number of hotels up to 100 in 20 countries around the world.

To launch the new hotel Riu Dubai, the heads of the two companies presided over the opening ceremony held yesterday afternoon, 9th December. H. E. Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Board of Nakheel, and Mr. Luis Riu, Chief Executive Officer of RIU Hotels & Resorts, cut the ceremonial ribbon before taking a tour of the hotel facilities and enjoying a gala dinner accompanied by their respective senior management teams.

The new Riu Dubai is a large hotel with 800 rooms, located on the beachfront. Its striking white façade makes an immediate impression and its modern, light-filled spaces and its comprehensive facilities make it the ideal location for a perfect family holiday. Designed as a place to enjoy Dubai’s warm, sunny climate and endless attractions, the hotel offers two children’s pools and three large pools for adults with a broad terrace with direct access to a large beach. The hotel also offers the new ‘Splash’ water park, with slides and other attractions for adults and children alike.

The hotel has four restaurants. The main restaurant, ‘Al-Ándalus’, will offer RIU’s famous buffet of international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or guests can choose from the other dining options: Asian cuisine at ‘Spices’, Italian at ‘The Palm’ and Lebanese at ‘The Moon’.  There are also six bars at Riu Dubai: ‘The Pearl’ is the elegant lobby bar with a large terrace, ‘Shamal’ opens in the evenings to present shows on its stage, the ‘Sports’ bar is open 24 hours and offers a continental breakfast, ‘Spike’ is also open in the evenings for guests to enjoy the open air after dinner, and ‘Coral’ and ‘Oasis’ are in the pool area and offer swim-up bars.

The 24-hour All Inclusive by RIU service is highly valued by RIU guests because it includes absolutely all meals, snacks and drinks offered at all the hotel’s bars and restaurants, without limits or schedules, as well as enjoyment of all the facilities and services such as the water parks, day and nighttime entertainment, and access to the gym and spa, where only the beauty and wellbeing treatments carry a charge.

The 15 square kilometre Deira Islands is set to transform Dubai’s most tradicional trading hub into a world-class destination for living, leisure and tourism. The project has added 40 kilometres, including 21 kilometre of beach, to Dubai’s coast. Dubai adds a modern, vibrant and exotic destination to RIU’s global portfolio.

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