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Rotana continues its strategic expansion plan with 16 new openings by the end of 2017

Rotana Hotels and Resorts, one of the leading hospitality management groups in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, is driving forward its ambitious vision of operating 100 hotels by 2020, with the opening of 16 new properties by the end of 2017.
The Group’s ongoing strategic growth momentum will include the opening of five new properties in the UAE, four in Saudi Arabia, two in both Turkey and Iraq, and the opening of Rotana’s first ever properties in both Iran and Muscat, Oman.


The extension work on one of the company’s iconic UAE resorts, The Cove Rotana Resort in Ras Al Khaimah will also take place next year. The developments will see more than 3,750 keys added to the Group’s existing inventory by the end of 2017, helping Rotana grow its portfolio to 75 operating hotels and 19,485 keys in total.

Omer Kaddouri, President & CEO of Rotana comments: "Rotana has an ambitious global expansion strategy and the vast number of property openings due to take place in 2016 and 2017 will not only increase our presence in a range of destinations but will also allow us to reinforce our position as a one of the leaders in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe.”

We are dedicated to developing new opportunities and we are particularly excited about the opening of Rayhaan Imam Reza by Rotana in Iran and the iconic Saadiyat Rotana Resort in Abu Dhabi. Iran's tourism industry is flourishing, illustrating the tremendous potential within its hospitality sector, and we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to offer our award-winning hospitality to those visiting. Saadiyat Island is an exceptional destination, set to become an internationally renowned arts hub, and we believe our brand is ideally positioned to cater to the needs of global travellers seeking luxury facilities and world-class service.”

Europe remains an important market for Rotana and we are keen to expand our pipeline into this continent. Rotana made its European debut last year with its entry into Turkey and our focus now is to open hotels in key European cities, including Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt, as well as the UK. The UK is a key source market and throughout 2017 one of our focuses will be the cruise business to GCC countries, where we are anticipating 7% growth from the UK market.”

Africa also has tremendous potential for growth and we currently have a number of projects under various stages of development across the continent including in Marrakesh, Luanda, Dar es Salaam and Lagos.”

Rotana’s 16 new developments and one extension are as follows:
Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana, The Democratic Republic of the Congo – Opening Q4 2016
Expanding into new territory, Kinshasa Arjaan will be the first Rotana property to open in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Developed with corporate guests and families in mind, the hotel will boast 101 fully-furnished hotel apartments, four outstanding dining venues, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club in addition to five fully-equipped meeting rooms.

Erbil Arjaan by Rotana, Iraq – Opening Q1 2017
Characterised by modern architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, Erbil Arjaan will cater to both long-term guests and business travellers. The property will feature 154 fully-furnished hotel apartments, two outstanding restaurants and five fully equipped meeting rooms. Moments away from the airport and in close proximity to the local shopping malls, Erbil Arjaan is ideally located.

Centro Olaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q1 2017
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 Waha, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q1 2017
Centro Waha offers 290 stylish rooms located on the popular Olaya Street and in close proximity to the King Abdullah Financial District. Business travellers will benefit from the hotel’s state-of-the-art meetings and conference facilities, three dining outlets, 24-hour in room dining service and Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Centre.

Centro Corniche, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q1 2017
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.

Capital Centre Rotana, Abu Dhabi – Opening Q2 2017
Capital Centre Rotana, located within the Capital Centre development, is the perfect base for business travellers, with its unparalleled location close to the National Exhibition Centre and only 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The property will feature extensive luxury facilities including 315 studio rooms and suites, four dining outlets, swimming pool, and recreation and fitness facilities.

Sundus Rotana, Muscat, Oman – Opening Q2 2017
The first property under the Rotana brand to launch in Muscat, Sundus Rotana will boast outstanding views of the Sea of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains. Designed to cater to business travellers, the hotel sits adjacent to Muscat’s International Exhibition Centre and features 215 rooms, a ballroom, six meeting rooms, an executive lounge and a fully-equipped business centre.

Centro Salama, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Opening Q2 2017
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.

The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah – Expansion Q2 2017
The Cove Rotana Resort is currently undergoing a significant expansion, adding to its five-star offering. Due to be completed in quarter two 2017, 112 well-appointed standard and superior rooms will be added, along with 10 upscale junior suites and 21 executive suites. The expansion will also include the edition of an all-day dining restaurant, an outdoor pool with pool bar and three slides, and a kids club and pool.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Abu Dhabi – Opening Q3 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.   

Creek Rotana, Dubai – Opening Q3 2017
Creek Rotana is set in the heart of Dubai’s business district, just a short distance from Dubai Creek and high-end shopping malls. This five-star property will feature 190 luxurious rooms, four dining outlets, swimming pool, Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Centre, sauna, steam rooms and massage room.

Creek Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai – Opening Q3 2017
Situated adjacent to Creek Rotana hotel, Creek Arjaan is just a short drive from Dubai Airport and in close proximity to the shopping districts of the city. Featuring 90 modern and cosy rooms, conference facilities, fitness centre and a choice of four dining outlets, Creek Arjaan is set to become a sought after property for both business and leisure travellers.

Beach Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi – Opening Q3 2017
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 and Wellness Centre, Zen Spa, kids club, 11 dining outlets, outdoor pool and tennis courts.

Rayhaan Imam Reza, Mashhad, Iran – Opening Q4 2017
The first Rotana property to open in Iran, as part of the Rayhaan brand, this five-star hotel is located in Mashad. 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.

Sulaymaniyah Rotana, Iraq – Opening Q4 2017
Sulaymaniyah Rotana is 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.

Centro Istanbul, Turkey – Opening Q4 2017
Situated on the European side of Istanbul, in the Günesli neighbourhood, this 152-room 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 dinng outlets, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Centre, indoor swimming pool, business centre, and meeting rooms.

Arjaan Istanbul by Rotana, Turkey – Opening Q4 2017
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.

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