Al Aqah Slow Down
The growth rate for hotels and resorts was recently reported to be slowing down in Fujairah’s coastal region of Al Aqah but new hotels are springing up in the city of Fujairah in three areas—the central business district, the corniche and north towards the port.
CBD Hotels and Apartments
The Nour Arjann by Rotana has built in the main street of Fujairah and it will capitalize on the business market and stress its proximity to the Fujairah International Airport. When this hotel opens—it did have a launch date of this month (June 2010)—it will offer 225 rooms and suites.
As one comes down the main street of Fujairah from Dubai there is on the right side a major construction by the Accor Company of the Novotel and Ibis Hotels. This appears to be a joint project with double branding—the Novotel Hotel and Residence (Serviced Apartments) offering 220 rooms at an upscale/midscale standard and the Ibis offering 180 rooms at economy or midscale standard. The original opening date was 2010 but the publicity and the state of the construction would suggest that 2012 is more realistic. (Specifications, including the number of rooms, change according to the date of the information sheets).
The Al Sharfa 5 star hotel and apartment construction at the water’s edge has recently been described at this link but this building with its sea views will have 350 hotel rooms and 100 apartments.
The most recent company to be boasting a sea view development is Escan and its AED 1.2 billion Al Fanar project built by Al Qabdha Building Construction. Set in the city centre Al Fanar (‘lighthouse’ in Arabic) will have three towers. A residential tower with two basement floors for parking (space for 1,200 vehicles) will have 35 floors of apartments and penthouses. A commercial tower will contain 55 floors of office space. A third tower will comprise a shopping mall and the lighthouse in Fujairah is set to beam in 2013.
At the launch on 30 May 2010 it was revealed that Escan, by a decree issued by the Fujairah government, will offer long-term leases of up to 100 years and title deeds to foreigners who have 49% company ownership in the UAE.
Al Sharia-Al Faseel Suburbs
Further north, in the Al Faseel-Al Sharia area, towards the Fujairah Port and on the Faseel Road, is the Marque Hotel developed by the Al Safeer Group and part of the Rendezvous Group. This complex will consist of a ground and first floor to house the Safeer Mall and a 4 story hotel above which will provide 217 rooms. While an original opening date was given for 2008, the external structure is up but it may be a while before the mall and hotel is open for business.
Take a look at the pictures of these projects—the state of play and the artist’s impression of the completed work. Here is the link.
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Image: The Novotel/Ibis Hotel under construction early June 2010.