Jumeirah to Open 10 Hotels by 2012

Jumeirah Group plans to open 10 hotels in the next 18 months, as well as launch a new hotel brand. The new properties include Jumeirah Frankfurt, Jumeirah Messilah Beach (Kuwait), two hotels in the Maldives, Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, and properties in Al Ain, Dubai and Shanghai. The company's new brand, VENU Hotels, described as "a contemporary lifestyle hotel brand," will be launched later this year. Jumeirah is in advanced stages of negotiation with developers interested in opening VENU-branded hotels in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific.