New Anantara and Avani hotels for UAE

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Minor Hotel Group has added two new properties to its pipeline in the United Arab Emirates. Work on Anantara Jebel Dhanna and Avani Jebel Dhanna in Abu Dhabi will start soon and both are scheduled to open in 2018.

Jebel Dhanna is coastal area of the Al Gharbia region close to the ferry departure point for Sir Bani Yas Island, 240 km from Abu Dhabi city, 360 km from Doha, and 125km from the border of Saudi Arabia.

The Jebel Dhanna peninsula is relatively under-developed, with a royal palace bordering the new hotel developments and an industrial area close by.

Anantara Jebel Dhanna Villas will have 60 rooms across three villa types: 20 One-Bedroom Villas, 38 Two-Bedroom Villas and two Three-Bedroom Villas. There will also be two restaurants and a pool bar, a gym, a swimming pool and an Anantara Spa.

The neighbouring Avani Jebel Dhanna Hotel will have 230 rooms across two different room types: 170 Deluxe Rooms and 60 Superior Rooms including a kitchenette.

Facilities at the Avani will include multiple dining options, a gym and a swimming pool.?

The hotels will share some facilities including meeting and banqueting space, a kid’s club and outdoor recreation areas.

There are six Anantara properties in operation in the UAE with a new resort under development in Ras Al Khaimah and a second Dubai resort due in 2018. The first Avani announcement for the country was made in September last year for the development of a resort in Dubai to open in 2018.

Chief executive Dillip Rajakarier said: “Minor Hotel Group is already well established in Abu Dhabi through our existing Anantara portfolio in the city, desert and on Sir Bani Yas Island and we are excited to today announce the first Avani in Abu Dhabi, to be developed alongside what will be our sixth An