Although hotel group insists it still has legal rights to manage property
Amid ongoing legal tensions and a range of claims being made by either party, Viceroy has insisted it continues to exclusively manage the Palm Jumeirah hotel, and that its order from the DIFC Courts continues to stand.
Viceroy now disputes the legality of Five’s claim, and says Five is now refusing to either acknowledge the orders of the DIFC ruling, or allow Viceroy to enter the property.
We suspect this story still has a long way to run. This is the full comment of Bill Walshe, chief executive officer of Viceroy Hotel Group:
“We maintain our position that Viceroy has always been, and remains, the legal manager of the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai. We are deeply disappointed that the owner of the hotel refuses to recognise this, despite the orders of the DIFC Courts, which were issued on June 22 and remain in place.
“Such actions threaten the entire business community in Dubai. Not only are FIVE and its affiliates creating confusion amongst colleagues, guests, residents and investors, they are also defying the authority of the DIFC Courts.
“Viceroy also deeply regrets the inconvenience and confusion FIVE’s actions have caused, and continue to cause, our loyal colleagues, hotel guests, purchasers of real estate units in the project, local business partners in Dubai and travel industry partners globally.
“We call on FIVE and its affiliates to act in the best interest of all of the hotel’s stakeholders and to allow Viceroy immediate access to the hotel property in order to resume its role as the rightful manager of the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai.”