JW Marriott creates Wow factor with Al Marjan development

Marriott International is to bring its luxury JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand to Ras Al Khaimah, UAE through an agreement with US developer, Wow Resorts.

JW Marriott Al Marjan Island Resort and JW Marriott Residences Al Marjan Island are collectively valued as a US$1.3 billion development in the Al Marjan Island tourist destination.

Dual debut

The first JW Marriott-branded resort and residences on Al Marjan Island will be designed by US firm Ashai Design with Dubai-based lead consultants, Architecture Design Unit (ADU).

The project is anticipated to complete towards the end of 2026, and will also mark Wow Resorts’ debut in the UAE’s northern Emirates.

Waterfront luxury

Comprising 300 guestrooms and 524 residences, the resort will showcase uninterrupted ocean vistas and will be designed to serve both holidaymakers and those seeking luxury living.

Amenities will include a curated selection of seven dining venues, a spa, pools and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Unparalleled experience

Jaidev Menezes, regional VP, mixed use development EMEA for Marriott International, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of the new development in Al Marjan Island.

“It is truly a unique project that will provide an unparalleled experience for visitors and residents alike. With its stunning beaches, luxurious outlets, and world-class amenities, Al Marjan Island is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. We look forward to its continued success.”

New chapter

Anwar Ali Aman, co-founder and co-CEO of Wow Resorts, commented: “It is a privilege to work with the prestigious Marriott International and Al Marjan Island to unveil our flagship project in one of UAE’s most eagerly anticipated developments. We are humbled by the opportunity to further enrich our portfolio in the luxury sector, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the leadership for their efforts in enhancing investments in the tourism, hospitality, and residential segments within the region.”

Bhupender ‘Bruce’ Patel, the other co-founder and co-CEO of WOW Resorts, stated: “Our collaboration with Marriott International and our venture on Al Marjan Island represents a new chapter in our journey. With the demand for waterfront living on the rise, we are committed to optimising and elevating the experiences of all our cherished guests and residents as we embark on this remarkable project in the UAE, set on the enchanting Al Marjan Island, a prime investment destination in the region.”

Investment boost

Abdulla Al Abdouli, CEO, Marjan, added: “We are delighted to welcome JW Marriott and Wow Resorts to our flagship development, in line with our commitment to creating unparalleled living experiences for residents and guests on Al Marjan Island.

“JW Marriott Al Marjan Island Resort and JW Marriott Residences Al Marjan Island are a luxury offering that will boost investment opportunities for both homeowners and tourists keen on enjoying the perks of waterfront living in prime leisure hubs. Al Marjan Island offers a perfect blend of luxury and nature and with excellent returns on investment, it further reinforces Ras Al Khaimah’s appeal as an investment and lifestyle destination.”

Regional round-up

JW Marriott has several other Middle Eastern developments in the offing, including the 297-key JW Marriott Al Dafna, West Bay coming to Qatari capital Doha in Q4 2024.

A pair of Saudi Arabian sites are also underway, JW Marriott Rua Al Madinah, bringing 252 rooms online in Medina in Q1 2026, and the 500-key JW Marriott Hotel Trojena in the west of the country, due in 2027.