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No champagne corks to pop at Abu Dhabi hotel opening

New 5-star Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan hotel in UAE capital will not serve alcohol.

No champagne corks to pop at Abu Dhabi hotel opening
NEW HOTEL: The Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan hotel in Abu Dhabi is operated by Rotana.

A new five-star hotel that does not serve alcohol is set to open in Abu Dhabi next week.

Rotana’s Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan has focused its revenue streams on other areas in order to cover profits they would have made through the sale of alcohol, the National reports on Thursday.

“When you choose a hotel, I think alcohol is one factor in your choice, but there are a lot of different factors. There is the location, there is the product, there is the quality of the room. And so we haven’t really found that alcohol is an issue,” general manager Alain Kropf told the National.

“The corporate market is obviously a lot less sensitive to alcohol because you come for business and you don’t drink during the day,” he added.

Kropf said GCC countries will be an obvious target for the hotel, however it has already had interest from Europe, especially Russia.

The 443-room hotel is offering guests an opening room rate of AED490 ($133) per night, according to the report.

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Ali 9 years ago

Really Happy for the accomplishment and in hope that they will remain like that, At the end of the Day Abu Dhabi is an a Arab - Islamic Country, and There Hospitality Values spread far beyond a Glass of wine or a mini bar stacked with alcohol, and for the Gentlemen that wrote in the Article that Alcohol is an indicator to weather you would choose a hotel or not - As an experienced Travel Agent i can assure you that, weather the hotel serves Alcohol or not is the last thing on any travelers mind let alone a family. Moreover it takes a bit more than Alcohol to satisfy a Guest at your property, and through out recent years i am sure that Abu Dhabi has gained a whole lot of experience on the Professional service front. In conclusion I Congratulate the Management and the Owners Of the Hotel - and i Wish you all the best, it is very refreshing to see a Halal Friendly hotel with a high level of service.

David 9 years ago

I agree with Ali. Also, Hotels can make good business by offering quality services that all are Halal. This hotel will for sure attract customers from other hotels especially those who like a clean family hotel. I wish this hotel management the best.

Mohamed.F.Jaffer 9 years ago

The Management of the Hotel should go one step further.They should refrain from serving Pork and Pork products in the hotel to make it a 100% Halal Freindly Hotel.If this is implemented watch how business grows in this Hotel.As of now most of the Muslims comsuming food in star class hotels have there food tainted with pork products.