By Sara Anabtawi
Hotelier says Dubai's Rayhaan and Arjan properties are due to open in September/October
UAE-based hotelier Rotana says it will open two new alcohol-free properties in Dubai in either September or October of this year, the company's CEO told Arabian Business.
The firm's Rayhaan by Rotana and Arjan by Rotana hotels, both at the emirate's Al Ghurair Mall, were previously announced in 2011, although the operator did not give a specific timeline on their opening.
In an interview during this week's Arabian Travel Market (ATM) event, Selim El Zyr said that the "two properties opening in either September or October of this year".
El Zyr added that Rotana's alcohol-free hotels "were doing extremely well".
In February, the hotel group announced plans to open another
five-star alcohol free property in Al Ain in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The Hili Rayhaan by Rotana Hotel is slated to open in
first quarter of 2013, as part of Wahat Hili Project, Al Ain's retail and
hospitality complex located in Hili district.
"The alcohol-free concept is an entirely new
proposition in the region and the market, for that matter. With research
indicating this category's huge potential due to its inherent appeal in the
Middle East, Rayhaan is set for incredible growth in the upcoming years,"
El Zyr was quoted as saying at the time.
Alcohol free hotel is a welcome initiative and we hope great success is achieved. It has always been very worrying when staying in hotels and finding that housekeeping staff use alcohol-based products for cleaning purposes and that bathroom amenities such and lotions and gels included alcohol. It is good to know that we will no longer be exposed to the threat of accidentally coming in contact with alcohol based products. There are many alcohol-free environmentally friendly cleaning and personal care products available which should be used in hotels.