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Jumeirah reaches agreement to operate Mauritius resort

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel and resort company, has signed a management agreement to operate a resort on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

The project is currently under development and expected to open in 2018.

Designed by internationally renowned architects, the resort will be set on 68.5 hectares of land and is located about 50 kilometres from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, the company said.

The property will feature all-day dining and speciality restaurants and poolside bars as well as meeting and events space, spa, swimming pool and a health club. It will also have children’s facilities and a teen club, it said.

“We are delighted to be expanding our portfolio of hotels and resorts to embrace the beautiful island of Mauritius,” said Gerald Lawless, the president and chief executive of Jumeirah Group. “Our track record in delivering the very best in luxury hospitality, combined with the success of our two other tropical island resorts – Jumeirah Vittaveli and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives – fills us with confidence that our guests will warmly welcome the addition of a property in Mauritius.”

The plans to expand into Mauritius comes after the group this month received the green light for its expansion plans across 11 countries from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The new projects are expected to add 4,300 rooms to the company’s portfolio. There are plans to open 19 hotels in the next five years in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, the company said at the time.

Jumeirah Group, which was founded in 1997 and incorporated into government-owned Dubai Holding in 2004, currently operates 22 luxury hotels and serviced apartments, including 11 in the Gulf region, eight in Europe and three in Asia.

Dubai Holding’s revenues from its hospitality division rose 8 per cent to Dh3.37 billion last year amid a recovery in tourism.

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