Aldar extends its luxury assets portfolio with Nurai Island Resort acquisition

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Aldar Properties, an Abu Dhabi-based leading real estate investment platform, has added a complementary luxury asset to its hospitality portfolio with the acquisition of Nurai Island Resort, as well as two additional new islands within the Abu Dhabi archipelago that are intended for residential development.

The transaction includes Nurai Island’s one-of-a-kind and exclusive beachfront hotel, Nurai Island Resort, where Aldar will undertake a refurbishment plan and extend the hospitality and F&B offering. The acquisition also includes two new islands envisioned to be developed with high-end luxury beachfront villas.

The acquisition allows Aldar to tap into an operational luxury offering that is highly attractive to select clientele. It represents the company’s first beachfront hospitality asset in Abu Dhabi and its second in the UAE, following the acquisition of the 715-key ultra-all-inclusive Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah adding considerable weight and diversification to its hotel and hospitality portfolio

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Jassem Busaibe
CEO – Aldar Investment

“Nurai Island Resort adds a new dimension to our hospitality portfolio, catering to local and international visitors seeking a world-class ultra-luxury experience. The multi-faceted element of the deal provides us with significant room for both development potential and operational improvements on an existing and ready-to-perform luxury asset. It also allows us to leverage our asset management and execution capabilities to drive further value, as we continue to deploy capital effectively and drive forward with our ambitious growth agenda.”

Mr. Jonathan Emery, Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Development, said that “This acquisition provides us with an opportunity to develop ultra-luxury and premier beachfront homes that will generate significant international investment appeal. Located just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, the unique nature of the islands will attract holiday home buyers as well as buy-to-let investors, who will command a premium for their properties within a niche section of the short-term letting market.”

Completed in 2015, Nurai Island is a private island located approximately two kilometers north of Saadiyat Island and is accessible only by sea. The island includes Nurai Island Resort, an exclusive luxury holiday destination with several amenities like a private beach, four F&B outlets, two bars, a swimming pool, a spa, a book cellar, a kids club, an outdoor tennis court, a beach club and a water sports center. The island also includes third-party-owned water and estate villas, a selection of which form part of the hotel’s rental pool with rental sharing agreements.

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