Nakheel’s 800-room Riu Dubai hotel at Deira Islands to open in Dec ’20

Master developer Nakheel’s 800-room joint venture with Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts – Riu Dubai – is set to open in December 2020 at Deira Islands, bringing a new hospitality concept to Dubai and marking the 100th RIU establishment worldwide.

Fit-out of the resort — RIU’s first in the Middle East and the first 4-star, all-inclusive beachfront resort in Dubai — has been completed, with the splash water park in the final stages of construction and landscaping work under way. 

Deira Islands, Nakheel’s 15km2 waterfront city, has added 40km of coastline to Dubai, and is transforming the emirate’s oldest and most traditional trading hub into a world-class destination for living, tourism, retail, and leisure.


Located on a prime beachfront plot, the Riu Dubai resort has 800 rooms and suites, most with a sea view, and an abundance of dining and leisure facilities, including 10 food and beverage outlets, three swimming pools, two children’s pools, a fitness centre, spa, beauty salon, children’s club, and conference facilities.

Guests will also enjoy a packed sports and entertainment programme, with events and live shows.

Commenting on the milestone, the managing director of Nakheel Hospitality and Leisure, Thorsten Ries, said: “Our first international joint venture brings a new dimension to Dubai’s tourism sector, providing a fresh concept in accommodation and attracting a new market segment to the emirate.

“We are proud to partner with RIU to create the Riu Dubai, a shining example of our commitment to delivering a diverse range of tourism-related projects in line with government goals.”

In addition, Nader Ghosheh Sayfi has been named the General Manager of the resort, which will be the first attraction to open at Nakheel’s Deira Islands coastal city. 

Nader has spent 27 years of his hospitality career with RIU, running 10 resorts and opening several five-star, all-inclusive properties, including, most recently, the Riu Palace Tikida Agadir.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Hotel Management, and master’s degrees in International Commerce and Tourism, specialising in new destinations, and in Protocol, Communications and Events. He also speaks fluent Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.

Commenting on his appointment, Sayfi said: “It is an honour to join this incredible resort and be part of RIU’s first venture in the Middle East, made all the more special as this is our 100th property worldwide.”

“We are already seeing a lot of interest from guests keen to experience Dubai’s famous wow factor, and are thrilled to be opening in time for the festive and peak travel seasons.”

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