EasyHotel Jebel Ali, the budget hotel chain’s first management venture outside Europe, is now taking reservations through the group’s website www.easyhotel.com ahead of a 1 August opening.

Located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, the hotel, is owned and operated by Istithmar Budget Hotels FZE, an Istithmar World company. The hotel’s opening rate for a double room is AED99 per night.

Announcing the opening, Istithmar World executive director – Development, Andrew Jordan said: “This is EasyHotel’s first venture outside Europe. We offer purpose-built hotel rooms at affordable rates and leave the decision on additional services solely in the hands of guests, who are the best judges of what they need.”

Dubai’s EasyHotel features 216 air-conditioned rooms, based on a no-frills approach. Services such as, luggage storage, early check in, late check out, vended snacks and drinks and wi-fi internet access are surcharged on the basic room rate.

Part of the Easy Group of businesses owned by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Easy Hotel (separate company from EasyJet plc), franchises hotels in the UK and across Europe, with five London locations as well as Luton, Basel, Zurich, Budapest, Hotels are due to open this year in Edinburgh and Porto.