Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

THE GRAND RAK PROJECT

THE REGION’S FIRST COMPETITION FOR OPERATORS TO WIN A FULLY FUNDED
BEACHFRONT PROJECT IN RAS AL KHAIMAH

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A ROYAL INITIATIVE 

His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah is offering operators participating in the 15th Annual Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), 9-11 April 2019, the chance to build something extraordinary in Ras Al Khaimah. For operators, this is a unique chance to push their creativity and present a truly grand project for Ras Al Khaimah - think ‘Atlantis of RAK’, think innovation, think outside of the box, think sustainability and paint that canvas!

CREATE A BEACHFRONT DREAM

The winning project will be backed and funded by the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah himself! His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah will also provide a beachfront property for the winning project concept.

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Join a truly grand competition

COMPETITION PROCESS

1. Team confirmations: To join The Grand RAK Project competition, teams combining operators and designers are required to confirm their participation by 23 April 2019.

2. Concept submission: The teams will then have three months, up until July 2019, to prepare a preliminary concept vision supported by a high-level feasibility appraisal for a new resort that is unique to Ras al Khaimah and to the wider Middle East.

3. Judging & shortlisting: These concepts will be judged in July 2019. Three shortlisted teams will each receive $25,000 as a contribution towards their final submission. These three shortlisted teams will also receive information on the plot and its location.

4. Selection & winner announcement: Final submissions will be reviewed in November 2019 and the winning scheme will be selected and announced. 

JUDGING CRITERIA

In July, the criteria against which the submissions will be judged comprise:

  • INNOVATION:
    Creativity, uniqueness and authenticity are essential.


  • COMMERCIAL FEASIBILITY:
    Including P&L, indicative costs and ROI.


  • SUSTAINABILITY:
    Using sustainability to reduce the environmental foot print of this development.  



THE JUDGES

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Abdullah Al Abdooli

Marjan

Abdullah Al Abdooli

Managing Director & CEO – Marjan

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Gerald Lawless

World Travel & Tourism Council

Gerald Lawless

Ambassador – World Travel & Tourism Council

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Filippo Sona

Drees & Sommer

Filippo Sona

Managing Director, Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer

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Walid Tabanji

Office of HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates

Walid Tabanji

Senior Advisor – Office of HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates

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Kevin Underwood

HKS Hospitality Group

Kevin Underwood

Principal – HKS Hospitality Group

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Jonathan Worsley

Bench Events

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & Founder – Bench Events

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Disclaimer:

The information relating to the Grand RAK Project (Memorandum) is being issued by the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) on behalf of by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) to those operators interested in securing a new hotel/resort development with the Grand RAK Project (Competition).  The purpose of the Memorandum is to assist the recipient in deciding whether it wishes to proceed with an entry into the Competition. The information provided in the Memorandum, which does not purport to be comprehensive, has been provided by RAKTDA.  While the Memorandum has been prepared in good faith, no representation, warranty, assurance or undertaking (express or implied) is or will be made, and no or liability is or will be accepted by either of AHIC, Bench Events Limited, Meed Media FZ LLC or RAKTDA or by any of their respective officers, employees or agents in relation to the accuracy or completeness of the Memorandum, or of any other information (whether written or oral), otherwise made available to any interested party or its advisers in connection with the Competition, or the Competition itself. All and any such responsibility and liability is expressly disclaimed. In particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, no representation, warranty, assurance or undertaking is given as to the organisation, management, operation or outcome of the Competition.  RAKTDA reserves the right, without giving reasons, at any time and in any respect, to amend or terminate the Competition. The issue of this Memorandum shall not be deemed to be any form of commitment on the part of RAKTDA (or any other person) to proceed with the Competition.