Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 February 2024: The Heart of Europe, Kleindienst Group’s esteemed flagship project, has just inked a significant agreement with IHG Hotels & Resorts, a global powerhouse in the luxury hospitality industry. This exciting collaboration sets the stage for the unveiling and management of the InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe, nestled within the illustrious World Islands of Dubai. For InterContinental, a brand synonymous with luxury, this marks its debut in the vibrant city, showcasing IHG’s unwavering commitment to curating unforgettable experiences in premier leisure destinations.

This latest development not only cements the robust partnership between the two industry leaders but also celebrates the addition of the third jewel to the crown of IHG Hotels & Resorts and The Heart of Europe’s joint portfolio. It’s a testament to The Heart of Europe’s core values, perfectly aligning with The World Islands’ vision of uniting cultures and bridging differences through excellence in architecture, innovation, and sustainability.

Haitham Mattar, Managing Director – India, Middle East, and Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, shared his enthusiasm, stating: “We are thrilled to deepen our ties with The Heart of Europe, unveiling the inaugural ‘InterContinental Resort’ in Dubai—an exciting milestone for IHG Hotels & Resorts. This resort promises to redefine luxury in Dubai, offering an immersive escape for our discerning guests.”

“We are confident in our partnership with Kleindienst Group,” Mattar continued, “and we eagerly anticipate welcoming global travelers to experience the charm of The Heart of Europe upon the grand opening in early 2026.”

Nestled at the heart of The World Islands, an archipelago off Dubai’s coast, the upcoming ‘InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe’ is strategically positioned within ‘The Heart of Europe,’ an all-encompassing holiday destination spread across six picturesque islands. Here, guests will encounter a seamless blend of European elegance and top-tier hospitality, creating an idyllic retreat against the backdrop of serene beaches.

Josef Kleindienst, Founder and Chairman of Kleindienst Group and The Heart of Europe, expressed his excitement: “We are delighted to partner with one of the world’s premier hotel brands to introduce an iconic, family-centric luxury experience to The World Islands Dubai. Our aim is to craft a distinctive destination amidst Dubai’s iconic landscapes, offering an unparalleled hospitality experience.”

“Our collaboration with IHG Hotels & Resorts perfectly complements our vision,” Kleindienst added, “and we look forward to inviting families to indulge in the ultimate luxury experience, seamlessly blending Dubai’s cultural richness with innovative hospitality.”

Scheduled for its grand opening in early 2026, the InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe, is a harmonious fusion of contemporary Mediterranean design and traditional Italian influences. Inspired by the vibrant colors and allure of Portofino and the Italian Riviera, the resort boasts buildings adorned with colorful facades and balconies, offering modern amenities infused with ancient Feng Shui practices for a serene ambiance.

Set to become a beachfront haven, the resort will feature 466 rooms and suites, authentic Italian culinary delights, and an atrium showcasing marine life with floor-to-ceiling aquariums. This will be part of The Heart of Europe Coral Institute, dedicated to the regeneration of coral reefs and marine habitats, showcasing the resort’s commitment to sustainability. Guests can revel in breathtaking sea views from every unit, immerse themselves in the coastal charm, and unwind at the rustic roof garden with panoramic views of the Dubai skyline.

In line with The Heart of Europe’s sustainable ethos, the roof garden will incorporate eco-friendly features, providing a serene setting for guests to relax.

To cater to diverse traveler preferences, the resort will introduce the Kingdom of Portofino—an exclusive enclave featuring a kids club, theater, and outdoor play areas.

IHG Hotels & Resorts boasts 109 hotels across eight esteemed brands in the Middle East, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn.

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