South Africa's Tsogo Sun in talks to reenter Dubai market

Hotelier recently opened hotel in Abu Dhabi but lost two contracts in Dubai in 2012
South Africa's Tsogo Sun in talks to reenter Dubai market
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi opened earlier this month.
By Rahul Odedra
Wed 21 May 2014 12:06 PM

South African hotel group Tsogo Sun, which recently opened a property in Abu Dhabi, is in talks to reenter the Dubai market, a senior executive said.

The hotelier soft opened the 353-room Southern Sun Abu Dhabi in the emirate's Tourist Club area at the beginning of May. It was the company's first hotel in the UAE since its management contracts for two Downtown Dubai properties - Al Manzil and Qamardeen – came to an end in 2012.

Speaking to, offshore operations director Andrew Hosking explained the company’s eagerness to once again have a hotel in Dubai.

“One of the reasons we based our regional office in Dubai is to stay close to the market and stay on top of any opportunities that come up,” he said. “We’re keen to re-enter the Dubai market.

“There are definitely some prospects – two or three – and if they come to fruition we will be very excited.

“We’ve looked at product offerings in Muscat and Jeddah in the past. In terms of large cities we would definitely consider those. Dubai is a priority.”

He added that Southern Sun was a particularly suitable brand for Dubai as it falls in line with the emirate’s strategy to have more four-star properties.

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