NCTH & Alpha Dhabi redefine luxury tourism with strategic acquisitions

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Alpha Dhabi Holding (Alpha Dhabi) and National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels (NCTH) have completed a strategic transaction which unites 3 of Alpha Dhabi’s hotel businesses within the NCTH portfolio.

According to the statement, “Alpha Dhabi has a 36.4 percent shareholding in NCTH, who have acquired 100 percent stakes in ADH Hospitality, Murban (BVI) Holding, and Hill View Resorts – Seychelles.”

Under the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, NCTH and Alpha Dhabi have bolstered their position as value-creating businesses within the luxury segment of the hospitality sector through a strong presence in the UAE market as well as a growing footprint in the ultra-luxury segment internationally.

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“Our growing portfolio of luxury hotels in the UAE, Maldives, and Seychelles reflects the energy and vibrancy of these world-leading tourist destinations. By uniting our hotel brands under the NCTH umbrella, we have substantial direct and indirect investment both here in the UAE and internationally that will serve as an engine of growth and diversification within our existing investment portfolio.”

The transaction adds St Regis Saadiyat, Al Wathba Luxury Collection, both luxury resorts in Abu Dhabi as well as the ultra-luxury Cheval Blanc in the Maldives and the soon-to-open Cheval Blanc Seychelles to NCTH’s growing portfolio of hotel assets.

The resorts join other leading hotels under the NCTH portfolio. The transaction increases the total managed and owned hotels in the NCTH portfolio to 8 hotels with almost 1,500 total keys.

Alpha Dhabi acquired a 36.4 percent shareholding in the National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels in May 2023. This acquisition in consideration for shares will increase Alpha Dhabi’s total shareholding in NCTH.

Hany Farag, Chief Executive Officer NCTH, said that, “The hospitality, lifestyle, and tourism sectors show no signs of slowing, offering long-term growth potential for hoteliers. There is also strong demand for luxury brands across the region in exciting markets at highly sought-after locations.”

“Through this acquisition, we are able to capture these opportunities by consolidating much-loved brands and by adding further depth, diversification, and sophistication to our portfolio. As always, we seek to enrich guests with memorable experiences as well as elevate the local communities at the world-leading destinations where we operate,” Farag added.

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