United Malayan Land Bhd (UM Land) celebrated the topping out ceremony of its much-awaited Amari Hotel project earlier this week, with the final piece of construction completed at the top most 19th floor.
Amari Johor Bahru will make up part of the developer’s Suasana Iskandar Malaysia integrated commercial development, taking shape in the heart of the Johor Bahru City Centre. In its entirety, the development will feature residential, retail and hospitality components that aim to be a catalyst for modernity in the state capital.
Situated along Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Trus, Suasana Iskandar also comprises a 35-storey serviced apartment tower and the Zenith retail mall, where guests and residents can enjoy two levels of entertainment outlets, clubs and bistros right at their doorsteps.
With a targeted soft opening at the end of this year, the project promises to be an attractive destination for tourists, shoppers and permanent dwellers.
The Amari brand name originates from Thailand and it is the the centrepiece of ONYX Hospitality Group’s portfolio of hotel brands. It operates in 14 locations, from Thailand to Maldives, and is now cementing its foothold in Malaysia.
“We are honoured to have ONYX on board to manage and operate the first Amari Hotel in Malaysia. With a solid reputation, operational expertise and global marketing network, the Amari Johor Bahru will be a fantastic component of the Suasana development,” said UM Land’s group managing director Dennis Ng.
He said the company is thrilled with what the Amari Hotel, together with the residential and retail components of Suasana, can bring to the community in terms of vibrant lifestyle, entertainment and accommodation options.
The topping out ceremony was officiated by Johor’s Chairman of Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong. At the event, Tee said Amari at Suasana Iskandar will be an exquisite landmark in Johor Bahru City Centre and that this is also in line with the state government’s strategy to increase more investment and demand in the tourism industry.
“I am delighted to see this development reach this remarkable milestone and it is such a great honour for me to commemorate this event,” he said.