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Four Seasons, Alshaya ink deal for new luxury Kuwait hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya will open in early 2017; part of Alshaya’s Burj Alshaya mixed-use development

Four Seasons, Alshaya ink deal for new luxury Kuwait hotel
Four Seasons already runs several hotels in the Gulf including one in Abu Dhabi.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Alshaya, the Kuwait-based retail franchise operator, have announced plans for a Four Seasons hotel in Kuwait City.

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya will open in early 2017 as part of Alshaya’s new Burj Alshaya mixed-use development, a statement said.

Featuring two glass towers, the 140,000 square metre Burj Alshaya complex will combine modern architecture, avant-garde luxury and a new focal point of the city’s elite social scene.

The 284-room Four Seasons Hotel will be located in the Burj Alshaya’s 22-storey Eastern Tower, the statement added.

“Kuwait City is one of the most important commercial centres in the Gulf States, attracting regional and international business travellers, and a natural choice for Four Seasons as we continue to extend our presence across the Middle East,” said J Allen Smith, president and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. 

“We are excited to partner with Alshaya and mark our entry into Kuwait as part of the Burj Alshaya complex, a stunning addition to the Kuwait City skyline that will transform luxury hospitality in this city.”

The 43-storey Western Tower, set to open in 2018, will provide a new high tech corporate headquarters for the Alshaya group of companies, including offices for employees of its retail franchise business - which operates 70 international retail brands in over 3,000 stores across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia, Turkey, and Europe, and which employs more than 46,000 people.

“The creation of this combined hotel and office development is a reflection of Alshaya’s continued investment in its home market of Kuwait,” said Mohammed Alshaya, executive chairman of Alshaya. 

“We are delighted to be bringing the acclaimed Four Seasons brand to Kuwait, as well as creating a world-class office environment for our employees that will support our continued growth and expansion.”

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya will offer both indoor and outdoor pools, creating an urban resort oasis complete with a poolside waterfall, lush greenery and outdoor cabanas.

The hotel will also feature a spa, yoga studio and fitness centre as well as two ballrooms and a range of conference and banqueting rooms able to welcome up to 2,000 people.

It will also include five food and beverage offerings including a rooftop pan-Asian restaurant, open-kitchen Italian restaurant, lobby lounge, and poolside restaurant.

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