By Andy Sambidge
Hotel operator says it will add 3,600 rooms to its portfolio and will expand into Jordan, Turkey and Bahrain
UAE-based hotel operator Rotana said on Sunday it plans to add 3,360 rooms to its portfolio, creating more than 10,000 jobs over the next five years.
The company said it has 12 new properties in its construction pipeline, some of which will open before the year end.
Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO, highlighted the company’s growing presence in countries like Jordan, Turkey and Bahrain, which will soon welcome Rotana’s highly-anticipated five-star property ART Rotana.
Rotana, which has a vision of operating 100 hotels by 2020, said the new properties will also create a substantial number of employment opportunities with plans to hire more than 10,500 new staff across the next five years.
Kaddouri said: “The extension of the Rotana brand into new markets such as Turkey and Jordan represents a key milestone and important achievement for the group.
"We are constantly looking for high growth opportunities and both these markets offered exciting prospects for us to extend our award-winning hospitality offering.”
He added: “In particular, a breakthrough into Turkey is a significant achievement for Rotana as it a crucial territory to penetrate for us to solidify our standing as the leading hotel management company in the region.”
The development pipeline includes new properties in Amman, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Istanbul, Turkey, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.