Nobu returns for swift UAE double

Signing ceremony, l-r: Tariq Bsharat, director of strategy and business development, Marjan; chef Nobu Matsuhisa, founder and partner, Nobu Hospitality; Abdulla Al Abdouli, CEO, Marjan; and Marina Rudneva, managing partner, Enevoria Development.
Global lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality has signed a management agreement with Enevoria Development for a new site on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah.

Set to open in 2026, Nobu Hotel, Restaurant and Residences Al Marjan Island marks the brand’s second hotel and residence development in the UAE.

Beach community

The resort will encompass a spa and fitness facility, swimming pools, and a Nobu beach club. Whether as a residence or holiday home the property will also create a lifestyle beach community introducing 300 branded Nobu residences.

This development follows hot on the heels of Nobu’s first UAE signing in late 2022. Nobu Hotel Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi will comprise 165 guestrooms and suites and is scheduled to deliver in 2026 too.

Signature property

Evgeniy Yakubovskiy, general manager, Enevoria Development, said: “As high-end property developers, we are delighted to partner with one of the leading and fastest growing global luxury hospitality brands on Al Marjan Island.

“Our collaboration with Nobu Hospitality will be instrumental in creating a signature international property ensuring impeccable lifestyle that is an integral part of our brand philosophy and a hallmark of Nobu style, combining flawless functionality with ground-breaking design solutions as well as an aesthetic minimalistic elegance.”

Authentic lifestyle

Trevor Horwell, CEO of Nobu Hospitality, commented: “We are thrilled to be continuing our expansion within the UAE and the vision for Al Marjan Island and Ras Al Khaimah aligns seamlessly with the Nobu brand. The charm of Al Marjan Island is the ideal setting for our guests and in developing a community who are seeking an authentic destination lifestyle and living experience.

“We are proud to partner with Enevoria on this exciting development and look forward to introducing Nobu Al Marjan Island to guests and residents alike.”

Doubling portfolio

Nobu Hospitality was founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper in 2013 and since then has expanded to 16 resorts.

In the coming years the brand is set to more than double its portfolio, with 18 projects in the pipeline. Within the Middle Eastern region two properties will be opening in Q1 2024: the 38-key Nobu Hotel Tel Aviv in Israel and the 120-room Nobu Hotel, Restaurant and Residences Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia.