Dubai Parks and Resorts to Host Themed Family Hotel ‘Lapita’

Polynesian-themed Hotel to be Operated by Marriott International


Set to Welcome Guests in 2016

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, has announced plans to develop a Polynesian-themed family hotel as a key component of Dubai Parks and Resorts project that is taking shape in the Jebel Ali area. Construction of Lapita Hotel commenced in February 2014, with the opening scheduled for 2016.

The 503-key Lapita Hotel will form part of the Autograph Collection, an exclusive ensemble of independent luxury hotels, within the Marriott International brand portfolio.

‘Lapita’ takes its name from the pre-historic Pacific Ocean people who were considered nautical experts and ancestors of the Polynesian race. Drawing inspiration from the exotic Polynesian tropical landscapes, Lapita will feature a dramatic façade and lush settings that fuel the imagination.

Commencing with the property’s expansive pathways sprinkled with the vivacious colors of Polynesian flowers, the brand experience will continue with the lagoon style pools, themed activities and dining options. An in-house entertainment component will serve as a key attraction for the young at heart. Lapita will also feature relaxation zones designed to provide unparalleled tranquility.

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: “Along with our operating partners, Marriott International, we have conceptualized a hotel that is certain to resonate with travelers and residents looking for a weekend or a weeklong getaway. With its unique components for the entire family, we are confident Lapita’s distinctive experience will set a new global benchmark in the hospitality domain. The property will particularly help us target visitors to Dubai Parks and Resorts and eventually contribute to the destination’s tourist footfall.”

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are delighted to bring the much-anticipated Autograph Collection brand to the Middle East. We are confident that given the ambition, drive and commitment of our partners, Dubai Parks and Resorts will emerge as the premier theme park destination in the Middle East, and provide a perfect fit for our debut Autograph Collection hotel in the region.”

In addition to Lapita Hotel, the development will comprise Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and motiongate™ Dubai. Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza featuring a mélange of retail, dining and entertainment options. Strategically located in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the mega project is slated for completion in 2016.


About Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC is a Meraas Holding company established in September 2014 to bring to life the leadership’s vision of positioning Dubai as a formidable global tourist destination.
The company is developing Phase 1 of Dubai Parks and Resorts which comprises three theme parks – motiongate™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai and LEGOLAND® Dubai. It will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a themed family hotel. Located in Jebel Ali close to the world class international airports, Phase 1 is set for completion in 2016.
Offering new heights in experiential entertainment through an inspired concept, Dubai Parks and Resorts brings the best of the entertainment industry from the East and the West.The project is designed to draw five million visitors in its first year of operations, serving the regions within a four hour flying distance from Dubai.
Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC is set to generate thousands of jobs and economic benefits, and position the UAE as a catalyst for the expansion of the global entertainment industry.

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