Development kicks off for i8 Hotels Middle East’s first hybrid co-living hotel in Dubai 

Development kicks off for i8 Hotels Middle East’s first hybrid co-living hotel in Dubai 

Arbah Capital and Strategic Housing Group (SHG) have announced the launch of the development phase of the innovative i8 Hotels at DIC, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2024. The property will be the first in a USD 500 million portfolio between the two parties.  

Strategically located in the heart of Dubai Internet City (DIC), the 256-room property is set to feature eateries, common kitchen lounges and laundry facilities. Guests and residents will also benefit from versatile co-working, social and entertainment spaces, as well as interactive fitness amenities, a mini-mart and much more.

Innov8 Living’s hybrid hospitality model provides flexibility for short-term visitors and long-term residents, with various lease options and services. Its interiors reflect urban living and high-quality design, which create a sense of community. Open-plan spaces blend effortlessly with modern materials and colors.

Mahmood Al-Kooheji, CEO of Arbah Capital, said: “We are very excited to launch this brand, which we are confident will deliver tremendous value to both prospective tenants and our investors. This is just the first in a series of investments we will make in developing a broad portfolio of innovative properties, and we are looking forward to exploring further opportunities throughout the region.”

SHG will leverage the expertise and wealth of experience it has gained in developing and operating over 5,000 beds in the GCC region to ensure that exceptional brand standards are achieved and the vision of the appointed architects, FACE, is brought to life throughout the property. 

In parallel to the development of the Dubai property, Arbah Capital and Strategic Housing Group are looking into expansion opportunities across the region. The joint-venture partners intend to develop hybrid hotels and co-living residences internationally in dynamic cities in the vicinity of technology hubs, financial and commercial centers, work districts, medical precincts, airports and industrial zones.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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