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Corporate Story

It all started with Jebel Ali Hotel. Situated on a stretch of fine white sand overlooking the pearl-rich waters of the Gulf, this hotel helped pioneer the tourism industry in Dubai, attracting visitors from far and wide long before Dubai became a must-see destination.

Since 1981, we have operated and managed resorts and hotels, numerous highly recommended restaurants and world-class sporting facilities such as the champion-standard Resort Golf Course, the JA Shooting Club and the JA Centre of Excellence. We have catered for premier events, staged concerts and hosted guests who return year after year.

Like the best stories, our one features exciting new places, interesting characters and thrilling adventures – and it’s far from finished yet.  


Our Story
Established in 1981, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Dutco, the parent company of what is now JA Resorts & Hotels, had the vision and foresight to invest in providing Dubai with two state of the art hotels - the JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel and the Hatta Fort Hotel.

These two iconic properties helped spearhead Dubai’s meteoric development as a world class tourist destination, and established JA Resorts & Hotels as one of the world’s most prestigious hospitality companies. Today, the hotels remain at the forefront of the industry and are quite literally the living legends of Dubai. With guests arriving from every corner of the globe, JA Resorts & Hotels continues to develop its extensive range of products and services to surpass the needs and expectations of the discerning luxury traveler.

The Founder
The establishment of Dutco, as the company is generally known, dates back to 1947, when leading local businessmen Mr. Yousuf Baker founded the Dubai Transport Company. In 1981 JA Resorts & Hotels was established as a branch of Dutco, to provide Dubai with world-class hospitality and accommodation.

JA Resorts & Hotels manages a unique portfolio of luxury Dubai hotels including the 5-star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort (JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court), Hatta Fort Hotel mountain retreat, JA Oasis Beach Tower apartments, the cruise vessel Bateaux Dubai and Al Sahra Desert Resort. Each of these special entities offer superior and distinctive products and services; while never losing sight of their Arabian heritage.

After many successful years in the hospitality industry JA Resorts & Hotels are actively pursuing potential management opportunities and have a number of unique luxury hotels, serviced apartment and leisure associated projects under development.

  • JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort - This flagship property is comprised of two hotels JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel and the exclusive all-suite JA Palm Tree Court.
  • Hatta Fort Hotel – An exclusive retreat nestled in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains.
  • JA Oasis Beach Tower – Superior serviced apartment living on Jumeirah Beach.
  • JA Ocean View Hotel – Dubai’s only 4-star beach hotel stands along The Walk at JBR

The activities of JA Resorts & Hotels are however, not solely limited to resorts and hotel management. Our extensive portfolio also boasts:

  • Bateaux Dubai - A unique dining cruise experience on the historic Dubai Creek.
  • JA Shooting Club – A luxury recreational and competitive shooting facility with both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges.
  • JA Centre of Excellence (COE) - Consisting of the Sports Academy, as well as leadership and experiential learning Centre.
  • Al Sahra Desert Resort - A spectacular outdoor desert venue.

JAIH Timeline

  • 2012
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort hosted the World Travel Awards
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort wins Middle Easts Leading Family Resort, Middle East's Leading Golf Resort and Dubai's Leading Golf Resort.
    • Oasis Beach Tower wins Middle Easts Leading Hotel Apartments.
    • JA Resorts & Hotels prepares to open Ocean View Hotel and Enchanted Island Resort, Seychelles.
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort launches Watercooled Watersports Activities and ChillZone Teens Club.
    • Shooters Restaurant is renovated and relaunched.
    • Jebel Ali International Hotels is rebranded to JA Resorts & Hotels
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is renamed to Jebel Ali Golf Resort
    • Jebel Ali Hotel is renamed to Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
    • Palm Tree Court & Spa is renamed to Palm Tree Court
    • Jebel Ali Shooting Club & Centre Of Excellence is renamed to JA Shooting Club and JA Centre Of Excellence
    • Palm Tree Court is reopened after an extensive renovation with 74 new suites.
  • 2011
    • The Junior Suites & Suites at Palm Tree Court are refurbished
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort wins the "Travel Agents Choice Award" in the category for the world’s best hotel, group or resort of the year for families.
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Oasis Beach Tower are awarded Travelers Choice Award 2011 from Trip Advisor
    • Hatta Fort Hotel is awarded the Certificate of Excellence in 2011
    • JA Resorts & Hotels celebrates its 30th Birthday
    • JA Resorts & Hotels launches Hadiya Corporate Loyalty Programme
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort wins World Leading Family Resort at the World Travel Awards in Doha
  • 2010
    • Oasis Beach Tower receives World Travel Awards as Middle East's Leading Hotel Apartments.
    • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Awards as Middle East’s Leading Sports and Leisure Beach Resort and Dubai's Leading Golf Resort.
    1. 2009
      • Thyme Restaurant opened in Oasis Beach Tower.
      • Conference facilities opened in Oasis Beach Tower.
      • Jebel Ali Beach Hotel re-opened after full renovation in December 2009.
      • Signatures was nominated as Highly Commended in the Best European Restaurant category at the 2009 TimeOut Restaurant Awards.
      • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Awards as 'Middle East & Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort’ and 'Best Hideaway Resort'.
      1. 2008
        • Oasis Beach Hotel closed.
        • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Awards as ‘Middle East & Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort’.
        1. 2007
            • Refurbished White Orchid Restaurant, Lounge & Terrace opened at Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
            • JA Resorts & Hotels signed a management contracts for a hotel in Seychelles.
            • Refurbishment of the Ibn Majed at Jebel Ali Beach Hotel.
            • Refurbishment of the West Wing rooms at the Hatta Fort Hotel.
            • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Awards as ‘Middle East & Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort’.
            1. 2006
                • Oasis Beach Tower opened on Jumeirah Beach.
                • Private villas opened at the Hatta Fort Hotel.
                • New riding paddock opened at the main entrance of Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
                • Book launch of ‘The Peacock & The Mermaid’ inspired by peacocks at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
                • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Awards as ‘Middle East’s Leading Golf Resort’.
                • Oregano at Oasis Beach Hotel receives What’s On Award as ‘Dubai’s Favourite European Speciality Restaurant’.
                1. 2005
                  • The Spa at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort opened.
                  • Launch of the JA Centre of Excellence.
                  • Refurbishment of the east wing rooms at the Hatta Fort Hotel.
                  • The Spa at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort received ‘Leading Spas’ accreditation.
                  • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Awards as ‘Middle East & Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort’.
                  • Hatta Fort Hotel receives What’s On Award as ‘Favourite Weekend Getaway Hotel in the UAE’.
                  • Oasis Beach Hotel receives TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award in ‘Top 100 Luxury Hotels Worldwide’ category.
                2. 2004
                  • JA Resorts & Hotels takes over management and operation of Bateaux Dubai.
                  • New outlet Charlie Parrot’s opened at Oasis Beach Hotel.
                  • New horse riding stables opened at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
                  • JA Resorts & Hotels signs a 3-year operating contract for Emaar clubs.
                  • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Awards as ‘Middle East & Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort’.
                3. 2003 
                  • Jebel Ali Golf Resort receives World Travel Award as ‘Middle East & Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort’.
                  1. 2002
                    • Re-branded from Dutco Hotels to JA Resorts & Hotels.
                    • Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort renamed to Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
                  2. 2001
                    • Rock Pool and the new tennis court opened at the Hatta Fort Hotel.
                    1. 2000
                      • Aviary Bar and Gymnasium opened at the Hatta Fort Hotel.
                      • Senses Wellbeing Retreat opened at the Hatta Fort Hotel.
                    2. 1998
                      • Oasis Beach Hotel opened.
                      • The JA Shooting Club opened.
                      • The resort course opened for play at the Jebel Ali Beach Hotel.
                      • The Palm Tree Court is opened at the Jebel Ali Beach Hotel.
                      • The Jebel Ali Hotel is renamed to the Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort.
                    3. 1981
                        • The flagship Jebel Ali Hotel and Hatta Fort Hotel opened.
                        1. 1947
                            • Parent company DUTCO formed by the late Mr. Yousuf Baker.
                           
                           
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