Developer Nakheel has signed a management agreement with UK-based Premier Inn for a new, 372-room hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai.
It will have a restaurant, bar, Costa coffee shop, rooftop swimming pool and gym, and will be directly linked by a pedestrian bridge to the nearby Metro station and to the mall and is scheduled to open in 2016.
Ibn Battuta Mall, named after an explorer and traveler who lived 700 years ago, currently has 270 shops, 50 restaurants and a 21-screen cinema. It has six individually-designed zones featuring architecture reflecting the places he visited.
The expansion will also add another 150 shops to the existing complex.