Minister inaugurates opening of the Kingdom’s newest propertyDowntown Rotana, Manama has officially opened its doors and is welcoming guests to its slick-city property in the heart of the Bahraini capital. Set against the iconic backdrop of the Manama ‘souq’ and the city’s central business and financial district skyline, the new 26-storey property is the third new property opening in Bahrain for Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe.
The launch, which was held at the new five-star property, was honoured by special guest His Excellency Zayed R. Al Zayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Bahrain.
Boasting striking design elements and panoramic city views, the hotel is a perfect blend of contemporary minimalism and understated elegance, offering a stylish and tranquil retreat for families and corporate travellers; designed to compliment the quality and sophistication of Bahrain’s hospitality scene. With all of the conveniences reflective of a five-star property, Downtown Rotana caters to all of the growing needs of the modern business and leisure traveller looking to experience the history, culture and recreational aspects of the growing city.
The new hotel sits in downtown Manama, and is walking distance from the historical Bab Al Bahrain and traditional local market; key corporate hubs such as the Bahrain Financial Harbour and the World Trade Centre; and a short drive from the country’s largest retail and entertainment outlets.
Also in attendance at the event were Rotana Group’s Chairman, Mr. Nasser Al Nowais, Rotana Group’s President and CEO Mr. Omer Kaddouri and Mr. Abdulla Hasan Buhindi, Banader Hotels Co. Chairman, along with esteemed guests from Bahrain’s business community.
With flourishing development being made in its growth strategy, Rotana is set to continue its ambitious expansion plans across the globe. Mr. Omer Kaddouri, President and CEO of Rotana spoke regarding future prospects: “Over the years, Rotana has been developing ongoing growth strategies and has a carefully planned international development strategy in place. This year we will roll out 10 new properties across different markets including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jordan and Iraq. With the opening of Downtown Rotana, our company’s inventory in the Kingdom has increased to more than 680 rooms."
The resort offers 249 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, high-speed internet connection, 48inch flat screen TVs with multi-channel satellite, in addition to Club Rotana Executive Rooms and Lounge. Downtown Rotana is also home to seven state-of-the-art meeting rooms and a spacious and elegantly-designed ballroom. The new hotel also offers four new dining concepts, including the award-winning ‘Teatro Downtown’ and ‘Flavours on 2’; a relaxed setting serving international flavours. Leisure facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, a Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club with professional instructors and a fully-equipped gym, as well as a sauna, steam-room, Jacuzzi and treatment rooms.
Mr. Lillian Roger, General Manager of Downtown Rotana, explained: “Bahrain has a flourishing hospitality scene; the fact that this is Rotana’s third property in the Kingdom is certainly a testament to the faith and trust our parent company has in the market’s growth prospects. Tourism is thriving, the business environment remains stable, and we are glad to be playing our part in supporting the government’s efforts to further Bahrain’s growth as a tourist and investment destination.”