Mangrove hosts stay of 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup teams
Experience affirms confidence to host major international sporting events
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE (November 13, 2013) – Mangrove, a luxury 4-star property of Bin Majid Hotels & Resorts in Ras Al Khaimah, hosted the stay of the world’s best young players and officials from seven countries that competed in the recently concluded 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament.
A total of 280 players and officials from Brazil, Honduras, Italy, Uruguay, Slovakia, Ivory Coast and New Zealand stayed at Mangrove which became their temporary home between 13th to 30th October when the matches were held at Emirates Club Stadium in Ras Al Khaimah.
Waseem Al Shalabi, Acting Manager, Mangrove, said: “We are pleased to welcome the teams of FIFA U-17 World Cup to our property. It’s one of the most important sporting events worldwide and hosting them is indeed a great honour for the country, the property and the whole team. The event draws the attention of sports enthusiasts from around the globe to the UAE. It proves that we can play host to any major event. It also highlights Ras Al Khaimah as a tourist destination. Fans who watched the game drove to the emirate and this also brought additional revenue for the property.”
The competition took place at six UAE venues - Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Stadium in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah Stadium, Sharjah Stadium, Rashid Stadium in Dubai and Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain. Nigeria won this year’s tournament after defeating Mexico in the final claiming the country’s fourth title. Sweden won the bronze over Argentina in the third place playoff match.
Aside from hosting the teams, RAK also arranged visit to famous tourist attractions in RAK such as the National Museum of RAK, Dhayah Fort, Sheba’s Palace, Al Jazira Al Hamra, Al Falayah and the traditional souk.
About Mangrove Hotel
The newly opened hotel – Mangrove – is part of the Bin Majid Group that is one of the leading professional service providers in the UAE. The story of success of the group dates back to 1978. Its commitment is to provide a high quality service, meeting time schedules and cost implications - demanded by visitors to the Arabian Gulf. The elegant property is strategically located next to the city center. It is one-hour drive from Dubai International Airport, 10 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, five minutes from the heart of the city and all the splendors of Ras Al Khaimah with all its ancient culture. Mangrove Hotel offers 30 Standard rooms, 90 Suites, 60 Executive Suites and 6 Presidential Suites. The property also has a wellness centre, swimming pool, a bar, a business centre and several meeting rooms. The all-day dining restaurant and the Chinese restaurant give guests innumerable gastronomic choices and the Coffee Shop offers them a relaxing aromatic Shisha experience. The property is generously proportioned and it features all the modern amenities. It stands tall as an icon of warm Middle East hospitality well equipped with the most modern comforts and chic interiors. The property which has been designed to cater to business and leisure travelers alike will proudly carry on the well known legacy and heritage of the group.