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Rotana showcases 14 new hotels set to open by 2018 at the World Travel Market London

Well on course to meet its target of operating 100 hotels by 2020, Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, showcased its 14 properties set to open by the end of 2018 during its participation at the World Travel Market London 2017.

At the global event for the travel industry, Rotana, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, also highlighted the significant growth it achieved in terms of UK room nights at its properties in the UAE market. 

At Rotana hotels in Abu Dhabi, UK room nights grew by 6.9% between 2016 and 2017. During the same period Rotana also increased its percentage share of UK visitor room nights compared to the city from 20.9% to 21.4%. Similarly, in Dubai, UK room nights at Rotana properties witnessed a year-on-year increase of 4.6%.

The figures are expected to rise further as the cities welcome four new hotels before the end of this year in the UAE. The five-star Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Pearl Rotana in Abu Dhabi, Al Bandar Rotana, and Al Bandar by Arjaan Rotana Dubai will join the company’s 34 hotels. In addition, the group will open new hotels in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq and Tanzania by the end of the next year as part of its efforts to increase its global footprint.

Saudi Arabia, thanks to its renewed passion to drive transforming changes to its economy and industries, also tops Rotana’s list of markets for expansion. Three properties are scheduled to open in different cities of the Kingdom by 2018 with an emphasis on its affordable lifestyle hotels brand “Centro by Rotana”.

Omer Kaddouri, President & CEO of Rotana commented: “2017 has been a tremendous year as we celebrated our 25th anniversary, along with great successes in the UAE and across the globe. Drawing on our past has enabled us to map out our future and lay the groundwork for our forthcoming investments; the opening of 14 new properties.

“Saudi Arabia is heading for a phenomenal growth with massive scale up in investments and infrastructure projects. The recent announcements of new ambitious tourism projects have made it a more attractive market. The Kingdom will continue to be one of our key markets going forward,” Kaddouri continued.

“Turkey, which continues to attract tourists from across the world with its diverse offerings, is other major focus market for Rotana in the coming years.”

In addition, Rotana has an incredible hotel pipeline for the untapped markets in Africa. “Our additional focus areas include Tanzania, where we will be opening our first five star hotel in Dar Es Salaam. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our elevated hospitality offering in this destination,” Kaddouri added.

“Looking beyond 2018, we have an incredibly strong pipeline of expansion, with 48 properties under various stages of development. To date, we have hosted more than 225 million guests at our hotels around the world and we’re excited to welcome much more over the next 25 years.”

Rotana will open six hotels in the UAE, three in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, two in Turkey and one Iran, Iraq and Tanzania by the end of 2018:

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Abu Dhabi – Q4 2017 
Located on the world-class Saadiyat Island, this five-star resort will boast a modern and elegant design and is just a few minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Ideal for both business and leisure travellers, Saadiyat Rotana will feature 327 upscale rooms and suites, thirteen beach villas, a private stretch of beach and large conference facilities. Guests will have a choice of eight dining outlets serving a wide range of cuisine and access to the Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Centre.

Pearl Rotana, Abu Dhabi - opening Q4 2017 
The second Rotana property to open in Abu Dhabi in Q4, Pearl Rotana will offer 315 rooms and suites in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s business district. Located just a few steps from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the luxury hotel will feature five food and beverage venues, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, and seven fully-equipped meeting and boardrooms.

Al Bandar Rotana, Dubai – opening Q4 2017 
Scheduled to open its doors in just over a month, Al Bandar Rotana is located in Dubai Creek, just a few minutes from Dubai International Airport. The five-star property will include 190 luxurious rooms and suites and offer individual experiences tailored for businessmen, couples and families alike. Visitors will enjoy a range of wellness and leisure facilities along with five outstanding dining venues.

Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai – opening Q4 2017
Connected to Al Bandar Rotana, Al Bandar Arjaan will offer guests the cosiness and warmth of home in its 90 fully-furnished serviced apartments. Elegantly designed with a range of modern luxuries, the properties are ideal for those looking for a longer-term base in Dubai.

Beach Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi – opening Q1 2018 
Beach Rotana will be adding 326 studios and apartments to its existing complex. Guests will benefit from Beach Arjaan’s central location, with high-end shops, Saadiyat Island, the new Central Business District and the Corniche mere minutes away. The hotel features extensive facilities including a Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, Zen the spa, kids club, 11 dining outlets, outdoor pool and tennis courts.

Centro Olaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – opening Q1 2018
With its central location, guests staying at Centro Olaya will be a few minutes away from the ever-expanding business area of the city. The hotel will feature 156 spacious rooms, three dining outlets and three meeting rooms. A contemporary and stylish property, Centro Olaya will offer affordable accommodation and hospitality which the Centro brand is best known for.

Centro Corniche, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia – opening Q1 2018
Offering an impressive location, this Centro hotel sits on the Al Khobar Corniche and boasts unobstructed views of the sea. Featuring 247 rooms and suites, Centro Corniche’s amenities are specifically geared to the needs of the travelling executive including well-appointed meeting rooms, three dining outlets, gymnasium and swimming pool.

Centro Salama, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – opening Q1 2018 
Alongside Centro Shaheen, this is Rotana’s second property under the Centro brand to open in the heart of Jeddah. Centro Salama is located just minutes from premium shopping centres, national embassies and business districts. The hotel features 189 rooms and suites, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, swimming pool and extensive meeting facilities.

Centro WestSide Istanbul, Turkey – opening Q1 2018
Situated on the European side of Istanbul, in the Günesli neighbourhood, this 152room hotel offers a prime location, within close proximity of Istanbul International Airport and commercial districts of the city. Designed with corporate guests in mind, Centro Istanbul’s amenities include three dining outlets, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, indoor swimming pool, business centre, and meeting rooms.

WestSide Arjaan Istanbul by Rotana, Turkey – opening Q1 2018 
Connected to Centro Istanbul, this Arjaan property will include 153 fully-furnished hotel apartments, three dining outlets, recreation and fitness facilities including a swimming pool – ideal for business travellers and holidaymakers alike. Located in the highly-sought after Günesli neighbourhood, guests will be able to enjoy all the benefits of the surrounding conveniences including shops, restaurants and vibrant café culture.

Johari Rotana, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – opening Q1 2018 
Set to be Rotana’s first property in East Africa, Dar Es Salaam Rotana will be located in the MNF Square in the Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam. The luxurious hotel will feature 256 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, along with a fantastic culinary, business and wellness offering.

Imam Reza Rayhaan by Rotana, Mashhad, Iran – opening Q3 2018
The first Rotana property to open in Iran, as part of the Rayhaan brand, this five-star hotel is located in Mashhad. Guests will be conveniently located next to the city’s main cultural attractions including the shrine of Imam Reza. The hotel will feature 275 rooms and suites, and a modern design that compliments the values of Arabian culture.

Slemani Rotana, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq – opening Q3 2018
Slemani Rotana will be conveniently located in the bustling heart of Sulaymaniyah city. Complete with 240 modern rooms and suites, business centre, fitness facilities, five meeting rooms and a choice of four dining outlets, Sulaymaniyah Rotana will provide premium hospitality and impeccable service.

Al Jaddaf Rotana, Dubai – opening Q4 2018
Al Jaddaf Rotana will be located in the developing hub of Al Jaddaf, home to Dubai’s cultural village. The luxury hotel will feature 338 rooms and suites, along with an array of food and beverage establishments.

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