Jumeirah makes South American entry

Gerald Lawless, right, with Al Alletzhauser in New York

Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury international hospitality management group and a member of Dubai Holding, has been appointed to manage a luxury resort in Argentina dedicated to polo and equestrian sports.

The signing ceremony was held in New York, attended by Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of the Jumeirah Group and Al Alletzhauser, founder of Culu Culu Lifestyle Resort.

The agreement with Culu Culu marks Jumeirah's entry into South America and a key addition to Jumeirah's rapidly growing portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts, with Jumeirah hotels and resorts currently under development in Phuket, Shanghai, Bermuda, Mallorca, London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Aqaba and Doha, said a statement.

The Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort will be located in Lobos, a 30 minute ride from Argentina's Ezeiza International Airport and just one hour away from Buenos Aires. Guests will have access to eight polo fields, incorporating two championship polo fields and a spa and fitness centre. The construction is due to be completed by 2010. The second phase of the development will also encompass an 18-hole golf course and an additional 400 privately-owned villas.

Jumeirah will manage the five-star hotel of 252 rooms, including 90 suites in a central building.

Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of the Jumeirah Group, said: "Our first hotel in Latin America will be a showcase of Argentinean and South American culture, as well as paying homage to the equestrian lifestyle. Argentina is being rediscovered as a fantastic destination by tourists and investors alike."

Jumeirah Group manages Burj Al Arab hotel among other luxury properties.

New resort

Jumeirah Group has been appointed by Al Fattan Properties to manage the Jumeirah Al Fattan Palm Resort, which is located on the north of the Palm Jumeirah's crescent with uninterrupted view of Burj Al Arab.

The Al Fattan resort will feature 213 rooms and suites including 10 exclusive one bedroom over-water villas.

Scheduled to open in 2009, it will also feature four restaurants and lounges in exclusive over-water and beach front settings and a range of leisure facilities.