Dubai’s Jumeirah Group, operator of the Burj al Arab seven-star hotel, is in talks to expand the luxury brand into India, a senior executive revealed.
“India is a sector of strategic importance for Jumeirah Group, both as a source market for guests to our global portfolio of luxury properties and as a target location for our development plans,” Piers Schreiber, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Jumeirah Group, said, according to a report in Arabian Business by Shane McGinley. “We are in discussions with a number of potential partners for development projects, including developers in India who are interested in bringing Jumeirah to Delhi, Mumbai and other key destinations,” he added.
Tourism is a fast growing sector in India. Earlier this month the UAE and India signed an agreement to double the flow of tourists between the two countries. While visiting the UAE, an Indian ministerial delegation said India currently needs another 230,000 new hotel rooms, which it said will require private investment of around INR400bn (USD 7.23 billion).