Rotana recently announced signing of 10 new hotels in the UAE, Iran, Tanzania and Sudan. The announcements were made alongside Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2014. The new hotels are expected to open before 2020.
The Company signed five new hotels in Dubai, which will increase total number of properties in the emirate to 20. The company is looking ahead to a 2017 opening in the busy Creek district of a 280 room combined in two hotels, a 2018 opening in Al Barsha of a 163-room property under the ‘Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana’ brand, and a 528-room hotel under the ‘Rotana Hotels & Resort’ brand, combined with a 100-room property under the ‘Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana’ in the Wafi area, also set to open by 2018. The new properties will bring Rotana’s total number of rooms in the UAE to 13,518.
Rotana also announced its plans to enter the Iranian market with four properties, all of which will be opened under the company’s alcohol-free brand ‘Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts’ by Rotana. The first two hotels are set to open in the city of Mashhad – a 362-room hotel in 2017 followed by a 275-room hotel in 2018. In Tehran, Rotana will launch two further Rayhaan properties by 2018 – a five-star hotel will house 194 rooms and a 4-star hotel will include 210 rooms.
“The opening of these new hotels in these four markets falls in line with our strategic goal to operate 100 hotels by 2020. These are in addition to the properties announced earlier which will open in Turkey, Erbil, Jordan and Qatar. As the Middle East’s most successful homegrown hospitality brand, we believe we are well positioned to execute these expansion plans and venture into new territories,” said Omer Kaddouri, president & CEO of Rotana.
The new hotel signed in Sudan follows the Al Salam Rotana property in Khartoum. The hotel is set to open its doors by 2019 with 221 rooms. Rotana has also signed on a 249-room project in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.