Marriott International brings W Hotels to Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah

Marriott International brings W Hotels to Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah

Marriott International, Inc., has signed an agreement with Dalands Holding in collaboration with Marjan to bring W Hotels to Al Marjan Island. Set to open in Q1 2027, W Al Marjan Island marks W Hotels first property in Ras Al Khaimah. The property promises to bring bold design, outstanding service and always-on programming.


About the new luxury destination in Ras Al Khaimah

Al Marjan Island is Marjan’s flagship archipelago island off the coast of the city. The island attracts global travelers to its luxurious waterfront living and white sandy beaches. It is located in proximity to Ras Al Khaimah’s cultural, heritage and adventure attractions.
Situated on a prime beachfront overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the hotel boasts 300 rooms and suites with uninterrupted sea views. Furthermore, design plans for the property include signature spaces, such as the W Lounge. The property is also expected to offer three restaurants and retail space.
W Al Marjan Island will mark the brand’s fourth property in the UAE.

Quotes from the key players in the W Al Marjan Island Project

Saahil Lalit, Marriott’s VP of development, stated: We are excited to work with Dalands Holding to bring W’s invigorating energy and dynamic design to Al Marjan Island. Moreover, Ras Al Khaimah continues to be a sought-after leisure destination, attracting global travelers to its idyllic beaches and attractions. Thus, we look forward to continuing to support the growth of the tourism sector in the emirate.”
Saurabh Gupta, CEO of Dalands Holding, said: “We believe this one-of-a-kind development will be immensely popular for its iconic design, luxurious accommodation and trendy culinary options.”
Abdulla Abdouli, CEO of Marjan, added: “As Ras Al Khaimah rightfully solidifies its position on the global tourism landscape, we take pride in our significant contribution to enhancing its credibility and attractiveness among international investors. This commitment has led to a myriad of prestigious projects, as exemplified by the launch of W Al Marjan Island. Thus, we are confident that this addition to our portfolio will not only raise the bar on regional hospitality but also set a new global benchmark.”


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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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