October 19, 2005 – The Nikko Hotels International group of luxury hotels will expand into the Middle East with two new hotels opening in The United Arab Emirates in the next two years. JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., which operates Nikko Hotels International, announced that it will open Nikko Fujairah Resort & Spa in December 2006, and Hotel Nikko Tower Dubai in December 2007. The owner of both hotels is ACICO International Real Estate Development Co. in Kuwait.

Nikko Fujairah Resort & Spa is being constructed in Fujairah, the only Emirate on the eastern coast of the U.A.E. on the Arabian Sea, in an area ideal for scuba diving. It is about 46 miles east of Dubai. The five-star resort hotel, designed to be the best diving resort in the Arab world, is being built on a private beach a third of a mile long. All of its nine buildings will face the beach. The hotel will have 262 guest rooms; multi-functional rooms for banquets and conferences; restaurants; fitness center and spa; diving center; indoor diving pool; outdoor pool; and children’s recreation room. Construction has started, and the hotel opening is planned for December 2006.

Hotel Nikko Tower Dubai is being built in a premium location near the Dubai world trade center and international convention center, only 15 minutes by car from the Dubai International Airport. The 487-room 57-story hotel will be one of a pair of twin towers that will stand next to a 50-story office tower. The five-star deluxe hotel will offer a broad range of restaurants, business club including 17 banquet and meeting rooms, outdoor pool, and spa & fitness facilities. Construction has begun, and opening is planned for December 2007.

Dubai Emirate is a popular tourism destination in the Middle East, offering everything from beaches and bird-watching to varied sports and recreation, luxury shopping and fine dining.

About Nikko Hotels International
Nikko Hotels International is an international luxury hotel group operated by JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to Nikko Hotels International, JAL Hotels also operates Hotel JAL City, a chain of 12 mid-priced hotels for business travelers in Japan. JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. has 64 hotels worldwide, in Europe, the Americas and throughout Japan and the Asia/Pacific region. Through a unique global alliance with the Le Meridien hotel brand formed in 2000, Nikko Hotels’ guests now have access to Le Meridien hotels worldwide, thus extending Nikko Hotels’ marketing network to more than 170 hotels in over 63 countries and territories. The Nikko Hotels International partnership with Le Meridien covers all Le Meridien properties worldwide.

This year, JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. has opened the 121-room Hotel Nikko Hitachi, 242-room Hotel JAL City Nagano, 257-room Hotel Nikko Himeji, and 158-room Palau Royal Resort in June, and 330-room Hotel Nikko Nara in July. Future scheduled openings include the 304-room Hotel JAL City Naha in June, 2006, 170-room Hotel JAL City Kannai Yokohama in December 2006, and 373-room Hotel Nikko Tianjin in July, 2007.

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