Celebrate ‘the beautiful game’ at the Gate with England football legends
Sir Geoff Hurst and Ron Atkinson team-up with Ibn Battuta Gate to put on Euro football showcase; signed giveaways and the chance to watch matches with football legends are all on the agenda
Dubai, (UAE), 09 May 2012 - With the excitement and drama of the Euro 2012 football championships just around the corner, Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel is kicking-off the competition in style by offering you the chance to watch the upcoming fixtures shoulder-to-shoulder with two of the sport’s biggest names.
Philippe Bonnot, General Manager of Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel is catching the football fever in the build up to the Euro 2012.
England’s World Cup winning hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst and charismatic former England football club manager ‘Big Ron’ Atkinson have partnered-up with ‘the Gate’ to offer the UAE’s football fans an enviable opportunity to share a drink and watch the Euro 2012 matches in their company at the luxury hotel.
Phillipe Bonnot, General Manager, Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, commented: “It’s an honour to welcome two England football legends to the hotel, and naturally their presence will create an extra buzz around the place for the three-week-long event.”
There will be a “funkiest fan” competition to win a range of memorabilia from signed footballs to ’66 World Cup replica England shirts, plus photos with the resident legends, throughout the tournament.
“This is a great opportunity for Dubai’s ever-growing football community to enjoy one of the sport’s greatest spectacles and make it an even more memorable occasion at the Gate,” added Bonnot.
As football fever spreads throughout the UAE, the Mövenpick managed five-star hotel is recreating the live sporting atmosphere in the Al Bahou grand hall, with an array of high-definition plasma televisions lining the walls of the 80 by 30 meter multi-functional space showing every game of the championships.
Fans cheering for the plethora of European nations represented in Dubai’s metropolis can head to Ibn Battuta Gate to watch Euro 2012 in style and luxury by relaxing in the Arabesque grand hall on the oriental divan couches with a choice of six venues surrounding the impressive
During the games each day, the hotel will be offering a variety of food and beverage hospitality packages for groups of ten or more. They include dedicated ‘sports food menus’ and selected house beverages for just AED395 or premium beverages for AED495.
A fan zone package will also be available for AED 175 per person comprising a bucket of beverages and a choice from a selection of live cooking stations including fish and chips, mini burgers, hotdogs and shawarmas.
“The ambiance is an integral feature of any sporting occasion, and the Al Bahou hall provides the perfect setting, with its vast capacity and atmospheric acoustics, to come and enjoy a drink and watch some football,” Bonnot says.
For restaurant reservations, kindly contact the Ibn Battuta restaurant reservations team at 04 444 56 13 or email at email@example.com
About Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel:
As the global hospitality industry continues to ponder the pace of business, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with real estate developer, Seven Tides, opens more than 1,200 rooms over four properties in Dubai, UAE.
The 396-room Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, is cleverly inspired by the journeys of the 14th century Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta himself. The hotel is located in ‘New Dubai’ opened its doors to business and leisure travellers in October 2010.
The 216-room Mövenpick Hotel Deira opened in January 2011. Situated in the commercial hub of Diera, close to the Dubai Creek and Dubai Airport, the hotel is perfectly situated for business visitors and short stay leisure guests as well as weekend shoppers and small meeting groups.
During 2012, the Asian-inspired Royal Amwaj Resort & Spa on Palm Jumeirah will be ready to open. The 293-room resort will be shortly be announcing some ‘industry firsts’, including an upscale all-inclusive package available through preferred travel partners.
2012 will also witness the opening of the contemporary Oceana Hotel & Spa. Seven Tides’ second property located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah will open 324 rooms at the Oceana Beach Club, which has already opened a popular restaurant-bar venue, West 14th, the New-York Grill and Bar. Both the club and the restaurant opened for business during the summer of 2010 and like the hotel are set to deliver great family entertainment.
About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16’000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 70 hotels and resorts currently in operation. A further 36 properties are planned or already under construction, including this year’s openings in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh and Abu Soma (Egypt), Ankara (Turkey), Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines) and Dubai (UAE).
Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in Zurich, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service, culinary enjoyment and sustainable environments – all with a personal touch.
The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information please visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com.