The Avani Deira Islands resort will not go ahead as previously announced by the group, reports Hotelier Middle East.
Minor Hotel Group was initially supposed to debut its Avani branded hotel when it announced a JV partnership in 2015.
The group had signed the agreement with master developer Nakheel to develop a 500-plus key property on Nakheel’s other man-made island in Deira.
However, Hotelier Middle East has learned from sources that the Avani Deira Island Resort will not be going ahead as planned.
A source close to the group said not all was lost, as the operator has partnered with Nakheel on another project – the Avani Ibn Batuta Mall.
The mall-connected hotel is slated for a 2019 opening and will have 372 guest rooms.
Another Avani branded hotel will also be opening in 2019, in Abu Dhabi’s Jebel Dhanna area.
The 230-key property was announced for a 2018 opening, but sources have indicated at a more realistic opening date in 2019.
In late 2016, Avani rebranded the Movenpick in Salah Al Din, Deira – debuting the brand in the Middle East.