Dubai-based property developer marks the occasion with ceremony attended by VIPs including its newest brand ambassador, Indian Test cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: ME NewsWire: The First Group has undertaken a ceremony to celebrate the progress of construction at one of its newest hotel developments, Millennium Place JVT Dubai, an award-winning project located in the heart of ‘New Dubai’ – the bustling Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) district.
The ceremony was attended by senior management from Dubai’s leading property developer, as well as Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa, the international hospitality group appointed to manage this stylish four-star deluxe property, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
In addition and taking centre stage at the event was The First Group’s newest brand ambassador, Indian Test cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, who has invested in Millennium Place JVT Dubai.
The international sports star, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history, broke ground at the construction site to the applause of key stakeholders.
Attending on behalf of The First Group were Chief Operating Officer Rob Burns, Chief Investment Officer Rashad Barajakly, Head of Asset Management Mariano Faz while Millennium & Copthorne’s VIPs included Chief Operating Officer Francois Kassab, Vice President of Operations David Todd, Vice President of Technical Services Kevin Cairns and Director of Hotel Openings Jad Shamseddin.
“Millennium Place JVT Dubai marks the start of a new chapter for The First Group as we forge ahead with plans to expand our portfolio of hotels in sought-after districts across the city,” said Burns.
“We look forward to seeing this modern hotel take shape, a property we believe will set the benchmark for hospitality standards in Jumeirah Village Triangle.”
Francois Kassab, Chief Operating Officer, Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa said; “We are very excited to have attended this ceremony and witness the considerable progress in the construction of Millennium Place JVT Dubai, thanks to The First Group. We look forward to working closely with one of Dubai’s leading property developers to ensure the success of this project. There is a huge demand for quality and affordable hospitality offerings in the UAE and we are confident that this hotel will be a strong addition to both the city and to our portfolio, which we aim to grow to 100 properties by 2020.”
Millennium Place JVT Dubai will be a high-profile addition to Dubai’s dazzling skyline, thanks to its striking glass-clad façade.
The 34-storey property with a large inventory of 599 guest rooms, has already gained recognition for its innovative design, receiving a Highly Commended Award in the Best New Hotel Design & Construction category at the recent 2016-2017 Africa & Arabia Property Awards.
The new hotel is located in one of Dubai’s most vibrant commercial and residential communities, close to all of the city’s major roads, as well as the city’s new mega aviation hub, Al Maktoum International Airport.
The Expo 2020 Dubai site in Dubai South and popular shopping destinations including Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates are all in close proximity while the hotly-anticipated Al Khail Avenue Mall development, due to open in 2018, is virtually on the hotel’s doorstep.
Millennium Place JVT Dubai has been designed with business and leisure guests in mind, with stand-out facilities including specialty restaurants, a spa, business centre, and a luxurious rooftop clubhouse with swimming pool, gym, steam rooms and a sundeck.
Gavaskar described being on hand at such an early stage of development of Millennium Place JVT Dubai as a “proud moment”.
“It is a true honour to be invited to this ceremony, which signals exciting times ahead for The First Group,” he said.
“It’s a pleasure to be involved in the promotion of one of the Middle East’s most dynamic property development firms – an organisation I have found professional, welcoming and pioneering in its field.”
Millennium Place JVT Dubai is The First Group’s fourth dedicated hotel development in Dubai.
ABOUT THE FIRST GROUP:
The First Group is a British-owned international hotel & property development company, whose principals have built up their expertise and success in the global market over the last 30 years. The First Group management team draws from strong and diverse backgrounds in the fields of global property, finance, acquisition, marketing and product development. Its expert eye for emerging property market potential and prestigious partnerships with industry leaders means that their clients can enjoy secure and attractive returns from one of the world’s most vibrant hotel markets. With its headquarters in Dubai and global presence spanning Algeria, Azerbaijan, Ghana, India, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, The First Group’s client base is expanding rapidly.
About Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc:
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc is a dynamic, global hotel company, which owns, asset manages and/or operates over 130 hotels worldwide. With almost 40,000 rooms worldwide, the company is present on all continents with a portfolio of brands which serve different market segments, representing quality and value in every class.
From a single property in Abu Dhabi, Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa has expanded into various neighbouring destinations and is now recognised as one of the fastest growing regional hotel management companies in the Middle East & Africa. Along the way, the company has cultivated partnerships with reputable and respected owners. Millennium & Copthorne currently operates 28 hotels, has 12 hotels due to open within the next year and aims to have 100 properties by 2020 for the MEA region.