Fit out of the resort – RIU’s first in the Middle East and the first 4-star, all-inclusive beachfront resort in Dubai – has been completed, with the splash water park in the final stages of construction and landscaping work under way.
The news comes as Nader Ghosheh Sayfi is named General Manager of the resort, which will be the first attraction to open at Nakheel’s Deira Islands coastal city.
Nader has spent his entire 27-year hospitality career with RIU, running 10 resorts and opening several five-star, all-inclusive properties, including, most recently, the Riu Palace Tikida Agadir. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Hotel Management, and master’s degrees in International Commerce and Tourism, specialising in new destinations, and in Protocol, Communications and Events. He also speaks fluent Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.
“It is an honour to join this incredible resort and be part of RIU’s first venture in the Middle East, made all the more special as this is our 100th property worldwide,” Nader Ghosheh Sayfi said. “We are already seeing a lot of interest from guests keen to experience Dubai’s famous wow factor, and are thrilled to be opening in time for the festive and peak travel seasons.”
Located on a prime beachfront plot, the resort has 800 rooms and suites, most with a sea view, and an abundance of dining and leisure facilities, including 10 food and beverage outlets, three swimming pools and two children’s pools, a fitness centre, spa, beauty salon, children’s club and conference facilities. Guests will also enjoy a packed sports and entertainment programme, with daily and nightly events and live shows.
Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new, 15 square kilometre waterfront city, has added 40 kilometres of coastline to Dubai, and is transforming the emirate’s oldest and most traditional trading hub into a world class destination for living, tourism, retail and leisure.