Kuwait reinforces business offering

New hotels set to open in the next two years will help grow Kuwait’s meeting room inventory.
Kuwait’s position as an oil and construction hub has increased demand for meeting and conference facilities.
By Joe Mortimer
Mon 28 Jan 2008 06:38 PM

Kuwait's meeting offering continues to expand, with several business-focused hotels in the four- and five-star categories set to open in the next two years.

The Al Jahrah Copthorne Hotel & Resort, 30km to the north of Kuwait City, will be the first of several new properties set to open up in Kuwait.

The four-star hotel - managed by Millenium Hotels and Resorts - will boast two large conference rooms of 200m2 and 400m2 and two smaller boardrooms kitted out with state-of-the-art technology, when it opens at the end of February.

"We estimate that the corporate and MICE business will reach to 40-50%," said Anwar M. Bachnikha, director of sales at the hotel.

The hotel will be part of a 450,000m2 mixed-use development, which will also include a high-end shopping mall, F&B outlets, an amusement park and a man-made lake.

Other hotels in Kuwait opening in the next two years include the five-star InterContinental Kuwait, which will have 280 rooms when it opens in 2009; the Ibis Salmiya, which will open later this year with 175 rooms and the Ibis Sharq, which will open with 160 rooms in 2009.

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