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Dubai Duty Free Appoints Jumeirah to Operate Hotel at Aviation Club in Dubai

Dubai Duty Free Appoints Jumeirah to Operate Hotel at Aviation Club in Dubai

Dubai, 24 January 2011: Dubai Duty Free, the world’s No.1 airport retailer has signed a management agreement with Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and member of Dubai Holding, to operate a five star luxury hotel at The Aviation Club which is situated close to the Airport on the north side of Al Garhoud Bridge overlooking Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.

The hotel has been carefully designed in a contemporary style that projects understated luxury. It will have 293 guestrooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars and 2 lounges, as well as a spa and health club, and conference and banqueting facilities.  The hotel sits within the grounds of The Aviation Club, the internationally acclaimed sports and leisure complex, home to the Dubai Tennis Championships and the award-winning Irish Village.

Commenting on the appointment, Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free said, ”We are delighted to sign the management agreement with Jumeirah Group who have a great deal of experience in operating some of the most iconic hotels in Dubai and have expanded considerably in recent years. We are confident that the new hotel will be a valued addition to the business and leisure facilities in Dubai and compliment the successful Aviation Club."

Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group, said: “We are honoured to have been invited by Dubai Duty Free to operate this exceptional luxury business hotel. It gives Jumeirah additional presence in the heart of Dubai and we look forward to delivering our promise of STAY DIFFERENT at the property when it opens.”

The hotel’s proximity to the airport and the wide range of sporting and leisure activities in the vicinity is expected to make the hotel popular with high-end business and leisure travellers, as well as local residents.

The hotel is currently under development and is expected to open during 2011. Jumeirah Group expects to open at least six other hotels in 2011, including Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai, Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vitavelli in the Maldives, Jumeirah Frankfurt as well as potential openings in Azerbaijan and Kuwait.

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Notes to Editors:

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London; and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme. www.jumeirah.com

About Dubai Duty Free 
Dubai Duty Free, which is currently the single largest airport retailer in the world has recorded year-end sales of US$1.27 billion in 2010, Celebrating 27 years of retail excellence, the operation is committed in promoting Dubai as a leading business, leisure and sporting destination through its high-profile sponsorships.
Dubai Duty Free owns and operates the retail operations at Dubai International Airport. As well as being recognized as one of the best airport retailers in the world, Dubai Duty Free owns the Aviation Club complex. The Irish Village, the Dubai Tennis Stadium and Century Village established to provide the best in sports, restaurants and entertainment. 
Website: www.dubaidutyfree.com

Contacts

Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
Mia Hedman
Director Corporate Communications
PO Box 214159, Dubai, 
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 406 8505
Fax: +971 4 301 6655
Email: pr@jumeirah.com
Visit us at: www.jumeirah.com

Dubai Duty Free Corporate Communications
Salah Tahlak
Director Corporate Communications
Sinead El Sibai
Manager-Events, Advertising & Media Relations
PO Box 831, Dubai, 
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 6019 226
Fax: +971 4 285 7023
Email: sinead.elsiba@ddf.ae

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