IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR) is a leader in the development of premier integrated and mixed-use hotel and tourism resort projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean region and Africa
Listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of US$ 1.3 billion, IFA HRâ€™s main shareholder is Kuwaiti based International Financial Advisors (IFA). IFA Hotels & Resorts South Africa is also listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as of February 27, 2006.
IFA HR projects and investments in Dubai include The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort, the Fairmont Palm Residence (www.fairmontpalmresidence.com), the Crescent Resort on the Palm Island (to be managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resort), The Palm Residence (Al Nabat and Al Haseer), the Palm Golden Mile (www.thepalmgoldenmile.com) and the MÃ¶venpick Hotel & Residence Laguna Tower Dubai (www.lagunatower.com). IFA HRâ€™s other projects are the Kempinski Alabadiyah Hills in Beirut (www.abadiyahhills.com), a shareholder in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut, the Zanzibar Beach Hotel & Resort (www.zanzibarbeachresort.com), the Zimbali Coastal Resort & Zimbali Lakes (www.zimbali.co.za), the Zimbali Lodge (www.zimbalilodge.co.za), the Fairmont Zimbali (www.fairmontzimbali.com), shareholder in 5 Lonrho Hotels in Kenya (www.lonrhohotels.com) and in YOTEL (www.yotel.com), which owns two YOTEL hotels in Heathrow and Gatwick, United Kingdom. IFA HR is also the force behind the super-premium Sheraton Algarve Hotel (www.luxurycollection.com) and Pine Cliffs Resort (Portugal) (www.pinecliffs.com), part of Starwoodâ€™s Luxury Collection.
Globally, IFA HR have entered into strategic alliances and Joint Venture partnerships with leading companies such as Kingdom Hotel Investment Group (Saudi Arabia), Nakheel (UAE), United Investments Portugal, Savills (United Kingdom), a strategic alliance with RCI (part of the Cendantâ€™s Group) and Moreland Developments (Pty) Ltd (South Africa).
IFA HR aims to link its resorts to new parts of the globe, such as the US, the UK, Mauritius, Eastern Europe and the Far East. This will offer investors and tourists access to world class facilities through a network of hotels, residential resorts, vacation and residence club destinations.
IFA HR programme of brand acquisition and developer partnerships will continue into the future and is evidenced by the ever growing strength of its product range:
â€¢ IFA - Hotels & Resorts
â€¢ IFA - Lifestyle Membership Clubs
â€¢ IFA - Vacation Ownership
â€¢ IFA - Fractional Ownership
â€¢ IFA - Hotel Ownership
â€¢ IFA â€“ Residences
â€¢ IFA â€“ Travel & Tourism
This unique product range enables IFA HR to continuously anticipate and deliver to the varying property investment and leisure requirements across the globe.
Istithmar - www.istithmar.ae
Istithmar PJSC is a major investment house based in the United Arab Emirates focusing on private equity, real estate and other alternative investments. Established in 2003, Istithmar was created with the key mission of earning exceptional returns for its investors while maintaining due regard for risk.
Istithmar, which means investment in Arabic, applies global expertise with local insights to coordinate the appraisal and implementation of various opportunities. Istithmar's 'I' investment philosophy is based around three core principles -- Ideas, Inquiry & Integrity -- sets the foundation for the firm which has a broad portfolio of highly successful companies in markets from North America to Europe to Asia to the Middle East.
Established with an initial investment capital pool of $2 billion, Istithmar has, to date, invested in 30 companies deploying approximately USD 1 billion in equity capital. It currently focuses its activities in four industry verticals - Consumer, Financial Services, Industrial and Real Estate. Istithmar will enhance its own existing capital pool of $2 billion through partnerships with world-class corporations and other leading providers of capital, the creation of investment funds and leverage.
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