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First Sharia’h compliant resort to open in Maldives

3/5/11 Press Release

Lootah Hotel Management (LHM), one of the leading companies in family-oriented and Islamic hospitality in the UAE, has announced the opening of the first Sharia’h compliant resort in the Maldives by 2013. LHM recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldives’ Kalaidhu Investment Pvt. Ltd. to partner in the resort’s undertaking.

  • Mr. Hani Lashin and Mr. Abdulla Saeed signing MoU.
    Mr. Hani Lashin and Mr. Abdulla Saeed signing MoU.

Commenting on the MoU, Mr. Nasser Lootah, Member of the Board of Directors of S.S. Lootah Group and CEO of Lootah Hotel Management, said, “We are happy to be partnering with Kalaidhu Investment for our upcoming resort project. The decision comes as part of the Group’s strategy to expand its footprint and customer base towards prestigious tourism destinations around the world.”

Mr. Nasser Lootah added that Islamic hospitality is gaining popularity with those who prefer quality services provided in a calm atmosphere commensurate with family values.

Mr. Abdulla Saeed, Managing Director, Kalaidhu Investment, commented, “We are pleased to be partnering with the pioneer of Islamic hospitality in the UAE. This offers a unique opportunity for us to work towards the development of universally recognized ‘Halal standards’ for Sharia’h compliant hotels and resorts, to comply with and create similar guidelines for the benefit of the hospitality and tourism industry.”

The $85m project, expected to be complete by 2013, comprises of 50 luxury villas with private swimming pool and a private beach, a restaurant, a recreation center, a spa, a marina and yachts among other amenities to ensure the welfare and privacy of the families.

LHM is the exclusive Islamic hospitality management arm S.S. Lootah Group. Currently, it manages Al Jawhara Group of Hotels & Apartments which comply with international standards and are recognized by international certifying bodies- ISO 9001:2000 and HACCP (Food Safety Management System). Al Jawhara Group of Hotels has won several awards and accolades including Halal Journal Award in Malaysia, Dubai Quality Appreciation under patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ‘Leading Islamic Hotels’ title at the Arab Investment Summit and ‘Halal Friendly Hotel’ rating from Crescent in Singapore among others.


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