Plans for the fifth-phase expansion of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel have been approved by the UAE’s vice-president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. The work will see the addition of an ultra-luxury resort to the existing hotel.

Set for completion in 2018, the expansion will add 350 hotel rooms with beachfront views of the Burj al-Arab hotel. The UK’s Broadway Malyan prepared the designs.

The new facilities will include spas, health clubs, tennis courts, a sports complex and a range of retail and food and beverage outlets. The new resort will also see extensive expansion of the existing yacht marina, doubling its current capacity.

Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company and a member of state-owned Dubai Holding, currently manages 22 luxury hotels in more than 10 countries, with plans to add 10 new hotels to its local portfolio in the next few years.

In May, the hotel operator selected the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion for the contract to build the fourth phase of its Madinat Jumeirah development in Dubai.

The site is located between the existing Madinat development and Wild Wadi waterpark, close to the Burj al-Arab hotel.

The construction work involves building a 435-room resort hotel with 400 parking bays, three speciality restaurants, lounges, bars, a business centre, swimming pools and a turtle lagoon. There will also be a laundry, plant rooms, chillers and cooling towers to support the hotel.

The client representative is the local H&H. The development manager is South Africa’s Mirage Mille.

In October 2013, Jumeirah Group signed a $1.4bn loan. The company appointed the UK’s Standard Chartered and HSBC, and the local Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) to arrange the deal in May, but received only limited interest from other banks about joining the funding group. Only three new lenders joined the transaction: Dubai-based Emirates NBD, Mashreq bank and Dubai Islamic Bank.

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