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Abu Dhabi's Rotana sees delay to trio of hotel openings

Abu Dhabi properties hit by construction delays, says architect behind project

Abu Dhabi's Rotana sees delay to trio of hotel openings
Rotana said in December it would launch seven properties in 2011 representing an investment of $800m

A trio of Rotana hotels due to open at Abu Dhabi's US $2.3bn
Capital Centre development by mid-2012 will launch later than planned, the
architect overseeing the three properties has said.

The four-star, 300-room Capital Centre Rotana was slated for
completion in June, but a series of construction delays has pushed it back to
May 2012, said Nabil Reaidy of Ghazi Awad (GA) Architects and Engineers.

The Centro Capital Centre Rotana has seen a three-month
setback, putting the expected opening date back to January 2012, Reaidy told
Hotelier Middle East.

The Abu Dhabi hotelier’s third property, the Capital Centre
Arjaan by Rotana, has seen building delayed by up to three months.

“A three-month delay in construction is common,” Reaidy told
the magazine.

A spokesperson for Rotana declined to comment.

The hotelier said in June it planned to open 25 mid-market
hotels across the Middle East by 2015, in a bid to tap into a growing demand
for high-quality but modestly-priced rooms.

The expansion would create about 3,000 jobs, said Rotana CEO
Selim El Zyr.

Privately-held Rotana said in December it would launch seven
properties in 2011 representing an investment of $800m and making it the UAE’s
largest single hotel player with 33 hotels under management.

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