To achieve this, JAIH
recruited the services of global branding agency 'Interbrand'.
Currently nameless, the 4-star establishment will be both owned and operated by JAIH, which manages a string of individually charactered hotels including: Jebel Ali
Thomson described the hotel as complete, but confirmed that JAIH would be investing another US$ 20 million plus in the building to effect architectural upgrades
's regional general manager David Thomson said although the hotel is complete, JAIH
would be investing more than $20m in architectural upgrades and fit-out.
This will add to JAIH
's portfolio of five owned and operated hotels in the UAE.
Just as he took Centara beyond Thailand, Wallace is already focused heavily on driving JAIH's presence outside of the UAE into new markets, specifically in territories he has first-hand experience.
This will add to JAIH's portfolio of five owned-and-operated hotels in the UAE, where the company was first established 30 years ago.
Hotelier reported on both stories exclusively online and it is clear that the team driving this growth, namely JAIH regional general manager David Thomson and JAIH and Dutco Group GM of Hospitality Investment and Development, Kevin Wallace, is itching to publicise the company's repositioning from a regional player into a global one.
This is Wallace's cue, having come on board to drive the overseas expansion of JAIH.
Yet to be named, it will be a four-star hotel owned and operated by JAIH, which manages a portfolio of hotels including Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, Hatta Fort Hotel and Oasis Beach Tower, also in JBR.
JAIH regional general manager David Thomson told Hotelier Middle East yesterday: "We are delighted to announce that really the first acquisition for the company since we originally opened [Jebel Ali Hotel] 30 years ago is a property which is about half a kilometre from [Oasis Beach Tower] on the JBR next to Amwaj Rotana.
Director of the protel subsidiary in Dubai, Magued Malek, said JAIH
was a new client for the company, with the four hotels switching to Protel's Multi Property Edition by the end of 2011.