By LAWRENCE TAN
Dubai-based Jumeirah Group announced last Friday that it has
added five new hotels into its fold, bringing the total number of new
properties under development to 19.
The five new hotels and resorts – Jumeirah Bali Resort in
Indonesia, Jumeirah Maldives Resort in the South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Al Salam Resort in Bahrain, Jumeirah Al
Salam Yiti Resort in Oman, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait – are
scheduled to open over the next three years.
News of the five additions followed recent announcements by
the Group of its new hotels in Guangzhou, Glasgow and St. Thomas, US Virgin
Four of the five properties have been slated for opening in
2010. The Group is poised to welcome its first hotel in the Asia-Pacific region
– the Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi in Shanghai – come early 2009.
Currently, Jumeirah operates 11 hotels and resorts globally
but expects to increase this number to 60 properties, either in operation or
under development by 2012.