Press release Dubai, UAE –September 2015

Five-star resort will be managed by AccorHotels.

Manazil Group, the diversified group operating in Real Estate, Hospitality and Health Care industries has announced the signing of a management agreement with AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, for the Marjan Island Resort & Spa in Ras Al Khaimah (‘RAK’), United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’). AccorHotels will take over the operations of the existing property from the owner and current operator. The iconic five-star resort, which is already operational, and has been renamed as Marjan Island Resort & Spa – Managed by AccorHotels since September 2015.

Christophe Landais, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Middle East, said: “We are pleased to partner with Manazil Group on this exciting project, which is our first property in RAK and an important addition to our growing portfolio in the region. Manazil has a strong track record within the UAE and we are delighted to be joining forces with them to establish our presence in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.”

Engineer Abdul Mohsen Al Hammadi, CEO Manazil Group, developer and owner of the resort said : “ Ras Al Khaimah as a touristic destination has achieved remarkable growth over the past four years. A success that owes its credit to the boundless support given by His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Council Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and his futuristic vision to develop the touristic sector in the Emirate.”

Commenting on the new contract with Accor Hotels, he added: “I am very enthusiastic towards our new agreement with AccorHotels, which sets in motion Manazil group new strategy to form strong partnership with highly acknowledged international hotel group, to manage our first class resort and future hotel projects. I believe that after about one year of operation Marjan Island Resort & Spa team have all succeeded to make the resort the first family destination in Ras Al Khaimah. This success now being coupled with AccorHotels expertise will enable this distinctive resort to achieve its full potential and lay the first stone for a successful and mutually beneficial collaboration for many years to come.”

Marjan Island Resort & Spa – Managed by AccorHotels will have a distinctive personality embodying quintessential Arabian hospitality, offering guests a luxury stay inspired by key characteristics of Ras Al Khaimah’s rich heritage. The hotel will respect the local culture reflecting a desire to cater for families.

Located in the southwest of Ras Al Khaimah city centre, less than an hour’s drive from Dubai, the property stands on a man-made island located amongst scenic views of the Arabian Gulf coastline, providing the intimate experience of a secluded retreat.

Marjan Island Resort & Spa – Managed by AccorHotels has a total of 299 keys, with various F&B outlets, including an all-day dining restaurant, four specialty cuisine restaurants, a lobby café and a terrace, in addition to the signature La’mar Arabian Wellness Spa. The hotel, being equipped with a ballroom and multiple meeting rooms, can also accommodate large events and banquets.

Landais added: “The hotel’s identity and solid foundation established by its owner, Manazil Group, will be preserved. By combining its existing legacy with our global and regional management expertise, we intend to create the ultimate resort experience focused on wellness and relaxation.”

“Al Marjan Island, the first man-made island to be developed in the emirate, has rapidly risen as an important tourist destination. We look forward to supporting its evolution in line with the ambitious plans of the RAK Tourism Authority,” concluded Landais.

In line with all AccorHotels properties in the region, Marjan Island Resort & Spa – Managed by AccorHotels, is committed to the Group’s Planet 21 sustainability program and its seven pillars (health, nature, carbon, innovation, local development, employment and dialogue) which are backed by 21 measurable commitments.

AccorHotels currently operates 3,800 hotels worldwide out of it 71 hotels in the Middle East, encompassing over 17,300 rooms across the luxury to economy segments. The Group has another 49 hotels under development in the region, bringing its total number of properties in operation and under development to 120 with over 30,000 rooms.

About Manazil Group
The Mother company for Manazil group was established back in 1975 to achieve a success story and built A World-Class group of companies operating in the fields of Real Estate, Hospitality and Health Care. Manazil Group serves both locally and globally and ensure to develop ideal business opportunities and Innovative Solutions.
The company is certified ISO 9001.

Press contact:
Saida Ghannem
Manazil Group
+971 6 577 1777
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AccorHotels Middle East is one of the fastest growing hospitality groups in the Middle East. Currently, the Group’s regional portfolio includes a total of 71 operational hotels representing over 17,300 rooms in ten countries. Among the existing global brands ranging from Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis, new brands such as Adagio and ibis Styles are emerging as strong players in the region. With over 25 years of regional experience, AccorHotels Middle East is the first to establish a training academy. Dubbed as Tamheed – AccorHotels Académie Middle East, the training facility is dedicated to educating and preparing associates at all levels and ensuring optimal career development.

AccorHotels is a Group united by a shared passion for hospitality and driven by a shared promise to make everyone Feel Welcome. Over 180,000 women and men in almost 3,800 AccorHotels establishments look after thousands of guests every day in 94 countries. AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator and offers its customers, partners and employees:

– Its dual expertise as a hotel operator and franchisor (HotelServices) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest);

– A large portfolio of internationally renowned brands covering the full spectrum, with luxury (Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel), midscale (Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio) and economy (ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1) establishments;

– A powerful marketplace and loyalty program Le Club AccorHotels;

– Almost half a century of commitment to corporate citizenship and solidarity with the PLANET 21 program.

Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the USA on the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY).

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