The 481-room property will be located in the uber-luxury Damac Hills district…

Radisson Hospitality AB has announced that it will be opening the Middle East’s first Radisson hotel in Damac Hills next year.

Currently under construction and due to open in Q4 2019, it will be situated amongst the new 3.9 million sqm residential community surrounded by parkland and an 18-hole championship golf course.

“Wait a second, aren’t there already Radisson hotels in Dubai?!” we hear you exclaim. And you’d be right, kinda.

Dubai is currently home to no fewer than five Radisson Blu (and two Park Inn by Radisson) hotels, which are owned and managed by the same company as this new property. The difference (at least what we could ascertain from some speedy Googling) is that a non-Blu Radisson hotel is far more common inside the United States, whereas the Radisson Blu brand tends to crop up in Europe, Africa and Asia.

So yes, technically this will be the first Radisson of its kind in the Middle East and something of a rarity outside of the US.

Branding semantics aside, the hotel does seem like it will come with all the mod cons we’ve come to expect from the Scandinavian-inspired hospitality brand. It will feature 481 rooms, including one and two-bedroom suites, as well as two restaurants to cater to guests’ dining needs.

Leisure facilities including a gym, spa, kids club and an outdoor swimming pool will also be available, as will an extensive hotel meeting space built out over 600sqm.

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